Chinese naval escort taskforce exchanges anti-piracy experience with U.S.-Allies Task Force151
By Wu Dechun, Hu Quanfu and Mi Jinguo (China Military Online)
At the temporary request of the U.S.-Allies Task Force 151, Senior Captain WangDazhong, commander of the alternate command post of the 11th naval escort taskforceunder the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), conducted an informalexchange visit with Rear Admiral Jong An Ho, commander of the U.S.-Allies Task Force151, at the Salalah Port of the Sultanate of Oman on July 9, 2012, local time.
Rear Admiral Jong An Ho and his party totaling 8 people boarded the "Yantai" warshipof the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce, which was berthing in the Salalah Port ofthe Sultanate of Oman for rest and replenishment, at 10:00 of July 9. Both sidesconducted in-depth exchanges about the escort experience as well as the currentpatterns, situations and characteristics of pirate activities, and mentioned that theexcellent communication and cooperation maintained by the navies of various countriesduring the escort.
Rear Admiral Jong An Ho spoke highly of the efforts that the Chinese naval escorttaskforce has made in maintaining the safety in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off theSomali coast. He also expressed his admiration for the achievements made by the 11thChinese naval escort taskforce, and hoped that both sides could continue to maintaingood communication and cooperation and work together to maintain the peace andstability in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast.
After the meeting, Rear Admiral Jong An Ho and his party visited the wheel house, flightplatform and other parts of the "Yantai" warship.
At 15:00 of the same day, Senior Captain Wang Dazhong, Li Hua，captain of the"Yantai" warship, and their party totaling 6 paid a return visit to the DDG978 guided-missile destroyer of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the flagship of the US-Allies TaskForce 151, and toured the command post as well as the major weapon equipment ofthe ship.
It is learned that the DDG978 guided-missile destroyer is a new-generation mainbattleship of the ROK Navy in early 21st century. Equipped with regional air-defensemissile system, it is mainly responsible for the air defense of the fleet. It is servingcurrently as the flagship of the US-Allies Task Force 151 in performing the escortmissions in the Gulf of Aden.
The "Yantai" warship of the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce wrapped up its restand replenishment at 08:00 on July 9, and has already returned to its mission waters.