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Navy ensures navigation in a sea of danger

By Li Xiaokun (China Daily)

10:00, December 26, 2011

Soldiers are put through their paces on a merchant vessel before an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden earlier this year. (Chen Zhiyuan / for China Daily)

After spending months escorting vessels in the Gulf of Aden, Wang Hongmin found it no surprise that China plays a leading role ensuring ships from around the globe safely navigate pirate-plagued waters.

"The Chinese escort fleet is very reliable in terms of escort missions," he said. "I mean, since many navies choose to patrol certain waters, the Chinese are accompanying the vessels exactly from site A to B, and then back from B to A, like a nanny who doesn't go a step away."

Wang spoke to China Daily on the eve of Monday's third anniversary of China sending escort fleets to the Gulf of Aden.

According to the Ministry of Defense, Chinese forces have escorted more than 4,300 Chinese and foreign ships in the gulf, and all missions were completed successfully.

A former captain of the missile frigate Xuzhou, one of China's most advanced vessels of its type, Wang led his crew as part of the third and seventh escort fleets that Beijing sent to waters off Somalia in 2009 and 2010-2011.

In the latter mission, his crew "fortunately" - as Wang put it - became the first group of Chinese servicemen to militarily engage with confirmed pirates.

They were also given the honor of being the first ship to escort a large number of Chinese citizens forced to leave Libya during the recent political turbulence that led to the downfall of the Muammar Gadhafi regime.

Theirs also was the first Chinese navy ship to escort a large number of overseas Chinese citizens on the start of their journey home from Libya when Muammar Gaddafi's government started to collapse.

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helen at 2011-12-26203.82.92.*
First it was "Britannia rules the wales" and then now replaced by US global terrorism with their 12 carrier fleets.The United States has dominated the seas for too long now after World War 2 and is able to terrorise sovereign nations with their unchecked naval adventurism in the pursuit of US political agenda.. All evil things must come to and end!Littoral states and others threatened with invasions by the United States must be provided with anti-carrier fleet missiles to render US terrorist naval fleets impotent.Opportune time to put an end to US Global Tyranny.
PD User at 2011-12-2676.124.224.*
CHECK THIS NEWS FROM PHILIPPINES:IT"S ABOUT OUR COWARD FISHEMENBUT WHERE IS OUR CORRUPT AND EQUALLY COWARD NAVY MEN?CORRUPT BECAUSE AREN"T THESE COWARD CHINESE NAVY SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE AREA SINCE WE CLAIM SOME OF THEM???THIS GOVERNMENT IS JUST WASTING OUR MONEY BUILDING THE SO CALLED STATE OF THE ART NAVY VESSLE BUT THEY ARE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!
  

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