China deploys new missile destroyer, frigate in its anti-piracy fleet

China has deployed its latest guided missile destroyer and frigate in the fleet of naval ships participating in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somalian coast in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, The Economic Times reports.

China deploys new missile destroyer frigate in its anti piracy fleetGuided-missile destroyer Xi'an departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the conclusion of Rim of the Pacific 2016 (Picture source: US Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class Rebecca Wolfbrandt)

China's 32nd convoy fleet to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters set sail from a military port in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang Province on Thursday, April 4, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy official announced. The naval fleet includes the destroyer Xi'an, the missile frigate Anyang and the Gaoyanghu, a comprehensive supply ship, state-run Global Times reported. It is the first time Xi'an and Anyang are participating in an escort mission.

One of the Chinese new generation of self-developed Type-052C guided missile destroyers, Xi'an, which entered into service in February 2015, possesses over-the-horizon strike capability at sea

Anyang, a domestically developed frigate, entered into service in April 2018 and is capable of attacking surface ships and submarines alone or in conjunction with other naval forces. It is part of China's new generation of main combat ships.

China, which is ramping up its naval and air power by reducing the size of its army to expand its global influence, is actively taking part in the anti-piracy operations in the Somali coast where it had also built its first overseas logistics base in Djibouti. Besides advanced naval ships, China has been deploying its submarines in anti-piracy operations to test their endurance and operational capability.

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