China, Pakistan navies hold first joint anti-piracy drill off Somali cost

The warships of the navies of China and Pakistan on escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast held their first joint anti-piracy exercise last month, a Chinese media report said.

The Chinese warships of “Wenzhou”, “Ma’anshan” and “Qiandaohu” and the Pakistani guided missile destroyer of “Khyber” took part in the drill, including joint escort, helicopters’ cross landing, joint boarding, special operation members’ slide-landing from helicopter, helicopter air rescue and simulated airborne replenishment, said a news report published in PLA Daily.

The warships of “Wenzhou” and “Khyber” assumed the role of the commander ship in different phases, alternately commanding the joint exercise.

The Chinese and Pakistani escort warships afterward also conducted the drills of joint searching for and rescuing the drowning people and horizontal replenishment at sea.

The Pakistani warship “Khyber’ is currently with the No. 151 taskforce led by the U.S. in performing anti-piracy tasks in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast, the PLA Daily reported.

The joint drill was conducted on April 22, said the paper.

China, Pakistan navies hold first joint anti-piracy drill off Somali cost

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