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08:31, December 26, 2008

China ready to send warships to Somalia for escort mission, fleet commander


Photo taken on Dec. 25, 2008 shows the Chinese Navy's supply ship Weishanhu in Sanya, capital of South China's Hainan Province. The Chinese Navy's three-ship fleet awaiting sail to waters off Somalia has finished its preparations for the overseas deployment, the fleet commander said Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

Highlights
▲Crew members of the fleet had full confidence in fulfilling the escorting mission.
▲Fleet will set sail from a port in China's southmost city of Sanya on Hainan island Friday.
▲The fleet will carry 800 crew members, including 70 soldiers form the Navy's special force.

The Chinese Navy's three-ship fleet awaiting sail to waters off Somalia has finished its preparations for the overseas deployment, the fleet commander said Thursday.

The commander, Rear-Admiral Du Jingcheng told Xinhua aboard the Navy's DDG-171 Haikou destroyer that all crew members of the fleet had full confidence in their ability to fulfill the escorting mission.

The Haikou together with another destroyer, DDG-169 Wuhan, and supply ship Weishanhu from the South Sea Fleet will set sail from a port in China's southmost city of Sanya on Hainan island Friday. The fleet will join in the multi-national patrolling of the Gulf of Aden and waters off the coast of Somalia.
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