“Shenzhen” navy fleet to set sail for Somali
The second group of Chinese navy escort fleet will set sail for the Gulf of Aden and Somali areas on April 2 from Zhanjiang to replace the flotilla first sent to carry out the escort mission.
The second group of task force was comprised of destroyer “Shenzhen”, frigate “Huagnshan” and depot ship “Weishanhu” that serves for the first escort mission as well as two helicopters and part of special regiment of over 800 persons. The main task of this force is to ensure the safety of the watercrafts and personnel passing through the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali and those international organizations like World Food Program shipping humanitarian goods.
The flotilla will pass the Xisha and Nansha islands, Singapore Strait, the Strait of Malacca and Indian Ocean before it arrive in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali with a round voyage of 4600 nautical miles.
After goods supply, equipment overhaul and pertinent training, the soldiers on “Shenzhen” and “Huangshan” are filled with good morale and all preparations
“Shenzhen”, “Divine Land’s first ship”
The destroyer “Shenzhen”, having the reputation of “Divine Land’s first ship” went into water in 1997, started the trial voyage on sea in October 1998 and formally joined in the South Sea Fleet of the Navy of CPLA in February 1999 with mother harbor set in Zhanjiang Guangdong.
According to the report, since February 1999, the round voyage of the destroyer “Shenzhen” has exceeded 100 thousand nautical miles, creating many No.1s in the history since Chinese Navy contact with outside world and become a real “diplomatic star ship”.
Shenzhen Post staff Connie contributes to the story.
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