Black uniforms, stylish sunglasses, rigid helmets and advance counter-terrorism weapons – the special force members of the Chinese naval escort are proudly represented in the Gulf of Aden.
Since Dec. 26, 2008, PLA's South Sea Fleet (SSF) has sent 10 groups of over 700 escort taskforce soldiers to the Gulf of Aden, making them the longest on-ship, most seasoned, and most efficient escort taskforce in China.
The special force members of the Chinese naval escort in the Gulf of Aden [Sina.com]
Rescue by force, aerial surveillance and naval escort – every action for taskforce soldiers is a real and cruel fight.
On Dec. 13, 2010, 19 ships from eight countries including China, Japan and the United Kingdom sailed through the Gulf of Aden escorted by the Chinese naval convoy.
A group of pirates suddenly closed on the merchant ships and tried to board them. "Nordic – Apollo" and "PLATRES" merchants were in danger and signaled for help.
Chinese soldiers rushed to their battle stations and quickly got in combat-ready positions. After a range of furious armed exchanges, the pirates were beaten and raised their hands to surrender.
In the Gulf of Aden, battle like this could happen almost daily. As of Dec. 20, Chinese navy fleets have escorted 4,373 ships from countries all over the world, and rescued 51 ships from pirate attacks.