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China to send new escort ships to seas off Somali

01.04.2009 10:17

A second group of Chinese navy escort ships on anti-piracy mission will leave for the Gulf of Aden Thursday.

The new task force will comprise the destroyer, Shenzhen, and frigate Huangshan, as well as the supply ship, Weishanhu, which served in the first escort mission.

The task force will patrol gulf and waters off Somalia to protect Chinese vessels passing through the vital but dangerous sea route. Ships carrying humanitarian goods of World Food Program will also receive its support.