Local time at 1:00 on January 6 (Beijing at 5:00 on January 6), the Chinese navy to visit the Gulf of Aden, Somalia waters formation convoy arrived in the mission area, the beginning of the implementation of the first escort mission.
Chinese navy to escort the first time after 11 days and nights of navigation, the Chinese navy convoy formation after Xisha, Nansha, Singapore Strait, the Strait of Malacca, across the Indian Ocean, the smooth arrival of the eastern waters of the Gulf of Aden. Gulf of Aden today's weather, sea conditions smooth.
It is understood that during the voyage, escort officers and soldiers to conscientiously study the formation of all the relevant knowledge of international law to strengthen a number of targeted training. Chinese navy the first goal is to escort four Chinese ships, they were "hovering in Hebei No." "No. Guanyin", "Hani River" and "Jin River No." escort line from the eastern waters of the Gulf of Aden to the Straits达曼德entrance, for a total trip of about 550 sea miles.
11:00, by escorting warships and merchant ships set sail to form a coalition official formation. Wuhan-ship fleet is located in the front, followed by four merchant ships were on the first column, I boarded the ship in Haikou is located in the rear right formation. 6 ships around one sea miles apart, moving to the Mander Strait. Navigation period of time, the formation will be implemented accompanied by escort division.
Haikou ship commander Wei-Hua Hu: We have mainly taken the convoy escort along the way division, that is to say the ship was escorted into two groups, escorted by a group of No. Wuhan, Haikou No. escort a group of, respectively, arrived by convoy, we do Well fully prepared, we have the confidence, determination and ability to complete the escort mission.