To the Gulf of Aden, Somalia waters of the task of escorting the implementation of the Chinese navy vessels off the completion ceremony, in Beijing at 13:30 on the 26th from a military port in Sanya, Hainan, China marked the official beginning of the navy convoy operations. 26 at night, the convoy crossed the successful formation of the sea area near Xisha Islands.
Chinese navy set sail reporters in escorting the "Haikou" destroyer of the top deck to see the Chinese navy convoy formation is sailing at full speed. Escort fleet was sailing column, "the sea" in front of the guided missile destroyer, could see the faint "Wuhan" missile destroyer figure, "Weishan Lake" in the rear of the formation. At present, the fleet sailing the waters of 7 meters per second wind, waves beating the "Haikou" missile destroyer bow, passing ten meters spray. Warships of the tilt angle to reach around 15-20 degrees, troops carried a plastic bag to prevent seasickness and vomiting.
China for the first time in the Navy across the ocean in non-military mission in the war, most notably Yingzisashuang dozens of combat soldiers, they are the first public appearance before the media. Li Xiande special warfare commander, told reporters, after receiving the mandate, troops drawn up plans for the disposal of a variety of circumstances, a reasonable allocation of the force, firearms and targeted a variety of organizations, light weapons fire, tactical coordination, such as pre-training, Action to meet the convoy.
Beijing on the 26th night, through the formation of the sea area near Xisha Islands, in the subsequent 10-day voyage around the Chinese navy fleet will also escort after the Nansha Islands, the Strait of Singapore, the Straits of Malacca, across the Indian Ocean, arrived in the mission area, with a total range of more than 4400 sea miles .
"Haikou" missile destroyer captain Zoufu full colonel, told reporters that for the military task force from the equipment, logistics, supplies, training and so on were well-prepared for the mission in the sea, troops also carried out further targeted Intensive training, at present, all the officers and men of high morale, the National People rest assured that the forces have the determination, confidence and ability to complete the task of the convoy.
It is understood that the Chinese naval fleet to defend the Republic of Yemen will be 100 nautical miles north of the island of Socotra, and 75 sea miles southwest of the port of Aden in the vicinity of the sea for a rendezvous point, the distance between two points about 550 sea miles. Formation in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia in order to ship in the East China Sea near the main navigation, the establishment of 7 patrol area. This action will be taken to escort accompanied by escorting the convoy regional and escort ship, and other means.