The Suzhou is part of a three-vessel PLA Navy fleet sent to the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia. Photo: Handout
The Suzhou is part of a three-vessel PLA Navy fleet sent to the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia. Photo: Handout

China’s PLA Navy sends destroyer and frigate on first escort mission, targeting pirates off Somalia

  • Guided-missile destroyer Suzhou is an upgraded version of the Type 052D designed to match the US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class warships
  • The Nantong, a frigate with medium-range air defence capability, also joined the 41st fleet on its first mission

The Suzhou is part of a three-vessel PLA Navy fleet sent to the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia. Photo: Handout
The Suzhou is part of a three-vessel PLA Navy fleet sent to the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia. Photo: Handout
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