Weifang arrives in Kenya


The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) missile frigate Weifang has arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, after taking part in Exercise Mosi in South Africa with the Russian and South African navies.

The Weifang docked in Mombasa on Saturday 8 December, Xinhua reports. The ship was welcomed by more than 200 Chinese, including Chinese ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng. It will carry out material supply and equipment maintenance during the docking.

The vessel left China’s Shandong Province on 29 August for the Gulf of Aden and the waters of Somalia to carry out the 33rd anti-piracy escort mission. The vessel then sailed to South Africa and took part in Exercise Mosi between 24 and 29 November before heading up the East coast.

Participants in Exercise Mosi included the Russian Slava class missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, Project Sliva class rescue tug SB-406 and tanker Vyazma. From the South African side, participants included the SA Navy fleet support vessel SAS Drakensberg, frigate SAS Amatola and hydrographic survey vessel SAS Protea.

The Weifang has visited South Africa in the past, most recently docking in Simon’s Town in June 2018 for a four-day goodwill visit. It arrived with the Type 054A frigate Yancheng and Type 903A replenishment ship Taihu as part of the 27th Escort Task Group, which patrolled the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia for pirates.