Wed, January 28, 2009

China's anti-piracy mission

Naval escort fleet to protect 15 Chinese merchant vessels

After successfully carrying out its first escort mission, the Chinese Navy prepares to cover another 11 domestic merchant vessels planning to travel around Somalia this week. Full story

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Sailing for global security

All are paying close attention to the unprecedented deployment of a Chinese flotilla to Somali waters to join a global fight against piracy.

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China fights Somali piracy

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Navy escorts 4 vessels off Somalia on day one

2009-01-07 11:14:33 GMT China Daily ON BOARD HAIKOU - The Chinese navy joined its counterparts from other countries to fight Somali pirates and successfully escorted the first fleet of ships through the Gulf of Aden Tuesday.

Naval escort fleet to protect 15 Chinese merchant vessels

2009-01-07 01:14:47 GMT China Daily BEIJING - After successfully carrying out its first escort mission, the Chinese Navy prepares to cover another 11 domestic merchant vessels planning to travel around Somalia this week.

Chinese naval fleet sails into Gulf of Aden

2009-01-06 07:50:41 GMT China Daily China's anti-piracy naval fleet sailed into waters off Somalia on Tuesday, starting a three-month mission to protect passing ships against pirates. The Ministry of Transport has also started accepting escort requests from Chinese vessels.

Chinese naval fleet completes first at-sea replenishment

2008-12-31 01:09:27 GMT Xinhua English DESTROYER WUHAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese naval fleet en route to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia for an escort mission against pirates completed its first replenishment at sea Tuesday.

Somali pirates on rampage

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Soldiers on anti-piracy mission celebrate Spring Festival

2009-01-28 09:48:21 GMT China Daily Soldiers of the Chinese naval fleet, which is on a mission against pirate attacks off the Somalia waters, made jiaozi, or dumplings, to celebrate the Spring Festival on January 26, 2009, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Somali pirate's body washes ashore with $153,000

2009-01-12 04:18:46 GMT SINA.com MOGADISHU, Somalia – The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said Sunday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship.

French ship attacked by pirates in Nigeria with nine taken hostage

2009-01-05 23:45:55 GMT Xinhua English PARIS, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- A French ship was seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria during the weekend, with nine crew members taken hostage, the French media reported on Monday.

Another Malaysian ship hijacked by Somali pirates

2008-12-30 14:57:06 GMT Xinhua English KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Another Malaysian ship has been hijacked by Somali pirates, Malaysian national news services Bernama reported on Tuesday.

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French warship foils two new attacks by Somali pirates

2009-01-04 23:06:08 GMT Xinhua English PARIS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A French warship foiled two attacks Sunday by Somali pirates, rescuing two commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the French president's office said.

German warship thwarts pirate attack off Somalia

2008-12-26 05:16:36 GMT Xinhua English KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A German warship on Thursday foiled an attempt by pirates to seize an Egyptian bulk carrier off the troubled Somali coast, the Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has said.

Japan PM orders preparations for Somalia mission

2008-12-26 03:50:06 GMT SINA.com TOKYO – Japan on Friday moved a step closer to sending its navy to piracy-plagued waters near Somalia, with Prime Minister Taro Aso instructing his cabinet to speed up preparations for a possible deployment.

Germans save Egyptian ship from Somali pirates

2008-12-26 03:38:48 GMT China Daily KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A German military helicopter rescued an Egyptian ship from pirates who shot and injured a crew member while trying to board the vessel off the coast of Somalia on Thursday, an official said.

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Navy sets sail for waters off Somalia

2008-12-26 10:35:23 GMT Xinhua English Hundreds of Chinese navy soldiers attended a ceremony before the departure of the fleet in Sanya of South China's Hainan Province on December 25, 2008.

Press conferece on China's 1st major naval operation abroad

2008-12-23 07:59:18 GMT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Chinese Defense Ministry said three warships plan to depart Friday on a mission to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks in waters off Somalia, in what will be China's first major naval operation abroad.

China's naval deployment to the seas off Somalia

2008-12-22 04:04:25 GMT China Daily China's navy will send two missile destroyers and a supply ship to the waters off Somalia this week to protect Chinese vessels and crews from pirate attacks.

HK ship encounters pirates off Somalia

2008-12-03 02:38:05 GMT China Daily The Hong Kong flagged merchant ship M/V Overseas Hercules uses fire hoses as a countermeasure against a possible pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, December 2, 2008.