New PLAN fleet for Gulf

The PLAN’s deployments to the western Indian Ocean region continue.

China Dispatches New Naval Fleet for Gulf of Aden Escort Mission

By Ankit Panda

On Sunday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) 31st fleet left the city of Zhanjiang to sail to the Gulf of Aden and waters off the coast of Somalia in the western Indian Ocean region to “escort civilian ships,” according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.

The PLAN contingent comprises a landing vessel, a missile frigate, and a supply ship, with 700 PLAN officers and sailors manning the vessels. In addition, “dozens” of special operators have been sent.

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