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Sunday, December 09, 2018, 18:11
China sends new naval fleet for escort mission
By Xinhua
Sunday, December 09, 2018, 18:11 By Xinhua

In this Aug 6, 2018 photo, the guided-missile frigate Handan (Hull 579) of the 30th Chinese naval escort taskforce departs from a naval port in Qingdao of East China's Shandong province. The 31st fleet from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy left the port city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province on Dec 9, 2018 for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia to escort civilian ships. (PHOTO / 81.CN VIA CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

GUANGZHOU - The 31st fleet from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy has left the port city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia to escort civilian ships.

Composed of a landing vessel, a missile frigate and a supply ship, the fleet started its mission Sunday morning.

The Chinese Navy began to carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia since December 2008

The fleet has 700 officers and soldiers, dozens of special operation soldiers and three helicopters on board.

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The Chinese Navy began to carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia in December 2008.

In the past 10 years, the Chinese Navy has sent out 26,000 officers and soldiers, escorted 6,595 ships and successfully rescued or aided more than 60 Chinese and foreign ships.

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The navy also carried out various other missions, including the evacuation of Chinese nationals from war zones in Libya in 2011 and Yemen in 2015, the search and rescue for the missing Flight MH370 and supplying fresh water to Maldives.

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