The Chinese Navy Task Force to Make Port Call in Manila

At the invitation of the Philippine Navy, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Task Force 525 will make a port call in Manila from 13 to 17 April 2010 after completing its escort mission in the Gulf of Aden.

The Task Force 525 is the fourth escort convoy dispatched by the Chinese Navy, which consists of missile frigate Ma'anshan (flagship), missile frigate Wenzhou and comprehensive supply ship Qiandaohu. Senior Captain Qiu Yanpeng, Deputy Chief of the East Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy, commands the Task Force. During the 128-day mission since arriving in the operation area on 12 November 2009, the Task Force had provided escort to more than 650 Chinese and foreign (six Philippine vessels included) merchant vessels and other international organization (e.g. World Food Program) vessels transporting humanitarian materials.

Throughout all the escort missions, the Chinese Navy Task Forces have showcased openness, confidence, professionalism and teamwork spirit in anti-piracy intelligence sharing, operational coordination and personnel contacts with their foreign counterparts. Mutual understanding has been enhanced, sincere friendship has been established and effective cooperation has been conducted. These escort missions by the Chinese Navy Task Forces have well contributed to peace, stability and security in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.

On 27 April 2009, the missile frigate Huangshan, one of the second Chinese Navy escort convoy vessels, successfully escorted MT Stolt Strength, a Philippine-registered chemical tanker, to a safe point adjacent to the territorial waters of Oman. The tanker was freed by the Somalian pirates and kept stranded short of water and food for several days.

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