According to previously published range of military plans, the Chinese went to the Gulf of Aden, Somalia waters escort vessel formation is expected to arrive in the mission area today. According to previously published news, the Ministry of Transport today began accepting applications for the Chinese ship convoy, escorted by Chinese warships mission could start soon.
Recalling voyage: 4500 sea miles sailing the Indian Ocean on New Year
December 26 last year from Sanya, Hainan Province of China set sail convoy formation by the South China Sea, Strait of Malacca, across the Indian Ocean, not only across a range of 4500 sea miles, the ocean also ushered in the new year. Following is the formation of a number of important nodes voyage recalled:
December 26, 2008 pm 13:45 Xu, Chinese People's Liberation Army navy vessels set sail from Sanya, Hainan Province, went to the Gulf of Aden, Somalia sea escort mission. Convoy formation from "Wuhan" and the "Haikou" missile destroyer, "Weishanhu" Comprehensive supply ship, two ship-borne helicopters and some special combat component, a total of more than 800 officers and men. Their task is to protect China's sailing the Gulf of Aden, Somalia waters of the ship and personnel safety, protection of the World Food Program and other international organizations in the delivery of humanitarian supplies the safety of the ship.
This is China's first use of military force abroad to protect national strategic interests, is also organized for the first time the Chinese army at sea combat forces to go overseas to fulfill its international humanitarian obligations, but also the first time the Chinese Navy pelagicus important transportation line security protection.
December 28, 2008, after two days and nights of navigation, convoy formation to leave the South China Sea, set foot through the Strait of Malacca, the journey toward the ocean. Day 9:30, the formation of officers and soldiers in the China Sea near the southern tip of曾母暗沙held "to the ocean," the swearing-in ceremony.
December 29, 2008 Good morning, "Wuhan", which "Haikou" missile destroyer and the "Weishanhu" its supply ship has integrated into the Singapore Strait, 10 o'clock, and escorting the formation into the Strait of Malacca.
December 30, 2008 afternoon, the convoy formation to enter the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Malacca, and the successful completion of the first integrated replenishment at sea.
January 1, 2009, convoy formation ship with all the officers and men and officers, ushered in the Indian Ocean on New Year's Day in 2009, when the ship time with Beijing about three hours time difference. Us reporters aboard the "Haikou" ship was held "to greet the New Year, Jiangong Ocean" flag-raising ceremony.
In January 2009 the evening of 2, escorting the fleet has been into the Arabian Sea, the ship the third tune, said after the ship three hours later than GMT. Is expected to arrive on the 6th Gulf of Aden, the Somali waters, then 5-6 hours time difference with Beijing.
Task of interpretation: the seven patrol zones convoy of three ways
According to the Chinese naval warships escort command information provided by the task group arrived in the waters escort after the Yemeni island of Socotra and 100 sea miles north of the port of Aden near the 75 sea miles southwest of the establishment of a rendezvous point, distance between two points about 550 sea miles. At the same time, the Gulf of Aden and Somalia in the East China Sea a ship near major shipping lanes, the establishment of seven patrol zones.
It is learned that the formation in the implementation of escort mission, accompanied by the main convoy, regional escort ship security guards escorting the three basic ways, in addition to call the support of such action to rescue the ship.
In the formation prior to departure, the military has in the relevant news conference that the Chinese navy's main naval escort operations, generally do not enter the territorial waters of the implementation of other countries to combat piracy. Chinese naval escort mission completion time limit will be based on a United Nations mandate and to set specific conditions. With regard to the disposition of pirates, China will strictly in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions and a number of countries effective practices.
Applications escort: Traffic joint naval facilities the most effective protection
Ministry of Transport recently said that the Department, in coordination with the naval escort vessels and crew members on China to implement the most effective protection.
According to Ministry of Transport and notice that since January 6, 2009 onwards, where the westbound through 057 degrees east longitude line, the southbound carriageway of the Red Sea through the line of latitude 15 degrees to enter the waters of the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, the China Shipbuilding can be made to the China Shipowners Association escort application made by the China Shipowners Association to the Ministry of Transport and escort to the request.
According to Ministry of Transport and the International Cooperation Division Bureau Chengzhi previous briefings, the Chinese navy to escort the main target is China or Chinese-funded company's vessels, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and other vessels the delivery of humanitarian supplies. China, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Region and Taiwan are eligible to apply for naval vessels to escort, but not the Chinese-funded companies made by foreign vessels to escort the application, the Chinese side will make a decision depending on the circumstances.
All the needs of the Chinese Navy ships to escort the Chinese or foreign-funded ship to China Shipowners Association should submit an application by the China Shipowners Association will apply for the protection of merchant ships in the situation was reported to the Chinese anti-piracy center, and then through the China Center and the China Anti-Piracy Maritime Search and Rescue Center office, by the Merchant Shipping relevant information they will be available to escort the Navy, and the information usually takes seven days in advance to inform the Navy.
According to the briefing, the Navy escort is to protect the lives of Chinese sailors with the Chinese shipping companies acts of state assets, rather than corporate conduct will not be escorted to the owner of the vessel or collect any fees.
In addition, the Ministry of Transport and will be concerned about the aircraft at any time by the Gulf of Aden, Somalia waters of China Shipbuilding dynamic information, and the Navy Command coordinated handling emergencies, coupled with good communications and other related protection.