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China Warships Depart on Anti-Piracy Mission Near Somalia

December 17, 2008

Three Chinese warships departed their homeland today a seemingly minor and some say symbolic anti-piracy mission near Somalia.

But the “out of area” deployment of Naval Warships from China is really the first such adventure in hundreds of years.

READ THIS ENTIRE STORY:
China’s Naval Task Force Departs For Historic Near Africa Mission; International Hopes

The story below was prepared before the ships departed China:

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In what would be the first active deployment of its warships beyond the Pacific, China appears set to send naval vessels to help in the fight against hijackers in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.

A vice foreign minister and a leading naval strategist were quoted in Chinese state media on Wednesday as saying that Beijing is close to mounting a naval mission in the gulf.

By Mark McDonald
The New York Times

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China Launching First Long-Range Naval Mission Since 15th Century 

China Says Navy Force to Fight Somali Pirates

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China has many warships well suited to anti-piracy patrol

“China is seriously considering sending naval ships to the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast for escorting operations in the near future,” said the Foreign Ministry official, He Yafei, quoted by Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency. His remarks came at a ministerial meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Li Jie, a military strategist and naval expert, told the state-run China Daily that cooperating with a multinational force operating against East African pirates would be a “very good opportunity” for the Chinese Navy.

“Apart from fighting pirates,” he said, “another key goal is to register the presence of the Chinese Navy.”

The newspaper earlier this month said Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan, a military planner at the National Defense University, had conceived the Gulf of Aden plan. The paper quoted General Jin as saying that “the Chinese Navy should send naval vessels to the Gulf of Aden to carry out anti-piracy duties.”

“If one day the Chinese Navy sends ships to deal with pirates,” he said, “nobody should be shocked.”

Traditionally concerned with coastal defense, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has been undergoing a wide and rapid modernization program, especially in the bolstering of its submarine fleet. A long-range goal of the Chinese expansion has been the development of a blue-water navy capable of extended tours.

Related:

China Conducts Massive Anti-Piracy Drill; May Send Ships Near Somalia

Anti-Piracy: Where’s China’s Navy?

UN Approves Pursuit of Pirates Over Land, Into Somalia

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/wo
rld/asia/18patrols.html

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Indian Navy Captures 23 Somali, Yemeni Pirates

December 13, 2008

The Indian navy says it has arrested 23 Somali and Yemeni pirates who tried to storm a ship in the Gulf of Aden.

A navy spokesman said it had responded to a mayday call from MV Gibe, flying under the Ethiopian flag.

Several countries have warships patrolling the gulf amid growing international concern about piracy.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said better intelligence was needed for a land attack on pirate bases to be considered.

BBC


Indian Navy ship INS Mysore apparently made today’s capture….

Mr Gates, speaking at a security conference in Bahrain, also called for shipping companies to do more to protect their vessels travelling through the Arabian Sean and Indian Ocean.

Arms cache

The Indian government said in a statement that the captured pirates had a cache of arms and equipment, including seven AK-47 assault rifles, three machine guns, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The pirates would be handed over to the appropriate authorities, the statement added.

Last month, India’s navy said it had sunk a pirate “mother vessel” off Somalia.

But it later emerged that the vessel was actually a Thai fishing trawler that had been seized by pirates off Yemen.

Better intelligence

Mr Gates told the security conference: “The need for increased maritime security and potentially new and better means of co-operation…

Related:
China Conducts Massive Anti-Piracy Drill; May Send Ships Near Somalia

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7781436.stm