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The Chinese Navy has sent a fleet of ships or flotilla to the infamous Gulf of Aden off the Somalia coast. It's to safely escort cargo ships through the pirate-infested waters. The Chinese flotilla has just arrived at the Strait of Malacca after five days sailing to replenish supplies.
China's sixth Navy flotilla in the Gulf of Aden has more than 1,000 personnel, including Navy special forces troops, the amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan, destroyer Lanzhou, and supply ship Weishanhu.
This is the first deployment on an escort mission for the amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan, which can transport 18,500 tonnes in weight.
The sixth flotilla is relieving the fifth one which has been cruising the waters off the Somalia coast for more than three months.
Earlier in the week, the depot ship Boyanghu supplied fuel and drinking water for the amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan and the destroyer Lanzhou.
With the effort of all personnel, the depot ship Boyanghu supplied 300 tonnes of fuel, 200 tonnes of water and 500 kilograms of food to the Kunlunshan.
Naval officials say once the replenishment is complete the Chinese Navy flotilla will get straight back to work in the Gulf of Aden, doing its bit to help keep the waters and cargo passage through that area safe.