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  1. Hero's welcome for pirate patrol warships

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... for three days. This is the PLA Navy's fourth port call in Hong Kong in the 15 years since the handover. Members of the public snapped up the 6,000 tickets to visit the vessels in less than an hour on Thursday. The warships, which belong to naval escort task force 171, carry some of the most advanced missiles and cannons in the Chinese navy. They have conducted 40 escort missions ...

  2. Chinese crew outwit hijackers to save ship

    Posted Apr 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... pirates off the southern coast of Iran. The Iranian Navy rescued all 28 crew late on Friday, less than nine hours after the Panamanian-registered Xianghuamen, owned by the Nanjing Ocean Shipping ... preventing it from being taken away. The ship's captain and five crew later evaded their captors and slipped overboard, swimming about two nautical miles to the Iranian Navy ship where ...

  3. Pirate attacks wane but Somalis still key culprits

    Posted Jan 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... such as razor wire and armed guards, 'all contributed to this decrease'. 'The role of the navies is critical to the anti-piracy efforts in this area,' he said. The report shows 21 ...

  4. China may have to pick up the slack on piracy

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in patrolling vessels as Western navies are struggling with tighter budgets. The European Union estimated that the number of warships its members provided, along with Nato and the Combined Maritime ... in the area will drop due to economic difficulties in Europe. Blount said Nato would provide three or four ships and the European Union navies no more than eight in 2012. He said several European ...

  5. Shippers rock boat with security fees

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... to protect their ships, but he said navies, including the PLA Navy, 'offered escort services without charge'. 'If shipping lines are relying on the navies' free-of-charge service, ... Military and some security experts say there could be a resurgence of pirate activity as the monsoon eases in the western Indian Ocean. Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, the Royal Navy commander in charge ...

  6. Guns alone won't defeat Somali pirates

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... naval officers who will brief industry figures on the threats. China is preparing to lead warship escorts provided by the navies of China, India, Russia and several other nations. This clear ...

  7. Ships told to arm against pirates, despite risk of escalating attacks

    Posted Aug 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that this is not a real solution'. Captain Tao Weigong, who co-ordinates the PLA navy's escorts of commercial shipping off the Horn of Africa, told the conference that since China started its ... even as he attempted to justify such actions. Director of Marine Roger Tupper also told a regional seamen's union conference in Mong Kok that international navies should take tougher ...

  8. PLA Navy gains experience with key live-fire drill

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Choi Chi-yuk The PLA Navy's first live-fire drill in the Gulf of Aden has highlighted the ongoing importance of its historic anti-piracy deployment to the Indian Ocean, military analysts say. A Z-9 helicopter took off from the frigate Wenzhou on Sunday and fired on three moving targets over 30 minutes, the PLA Daily said. Gary Li, a PLA watcher ...

  9. HK touted as risk service hub to tackle piracy

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... nautical miles off Mumbai, India. The 24 crew on board the Cosco HK Shipping Co bulk carrier Full City issued a distress call after locking themselves in a secure room on the vessel. An Indian navy ...

  10. HK ships urged to join anti-piracy centre

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... liaison officer with European Union Naval Force Somalia, said navy ships and helicopters would be in a better position to respond to ship attacks in the Indian Ocean if there was a record ...




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