Chinese anti-piracy frigate docks in Djibouti


The guided missile frigate Linyi from the Chinese Navy’s 19th anti-piracy escort task force has docked in Djibouti for a five day replenishment and recuperation stop.

The Type 054A Jiankai II-class frigate sailed into the Port of Djibouti on January 25 while the Type 054A vessel Weifang and Type 903 Fuchi-class supply vessel Weishanhu continue their escort duties in the Indian Ocean.

Once Linyi has been replenished, Weifang and Weishanhu will also berth in Djibouti.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy’ (PLAN’s) 19th task force set sail from Qingdao in China on December 2 last year.

China has deployed anti-piracy task forces to the Gulf of Aden since December 2008 and has escorted nearly 6 000 Chinese and foreign ships and assisted over 60 vessels. Since the first task force arrived off East Africa in January 2009, Chinese navy task forces have been typically rotated every four months.

China usually sends frigates and supply vessels but in October 2014 for the first time sent a submarine, a diesel electric Type 039 Song class, to take part in anti-piracy patrols.

Chinese anti-piracy task forces visit ports in the region, such as in Djibouti, Oman and Yemen, to take on supplies but have also embarked on friendly visits to countries in the area.