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Navy sets sail for waters off Somalia

2008-12-26 10:35:23 GMT2008-12-26 18:35:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Hundreds of Chinese navy soldiers line up for a ceremony before the departure of the fleet in Sanya of South China's Hainan Province on December 25, 2008. Two destroyers and a supply ship left a port in the southernmost island province of Hainan for Somalia at 1:50 p.m. Friday. They will cruise for about 10 days to arrive in the Gulf of Aden, joining the multinational patrol in one of the world's busiest sea lanes where surging piracy endangers international shipping. [Xinhua]

Chinese navy soldiers wave to the fleet as the naval ships depart from Sanya of South China's Hainan Province to Somalia on December 25, 2008. [Xinhua]

Chinese navy soldiers wave to the fleet as the naval ships depart from Sanya of South China's Hainan Province to Somalia on December 25, 2008. [Xinhua]

Soldiers of Chinese navy special force prepare for the departure in Sanya of South China's Hainan Province on Dec. 25, 2008. [Xinhua]

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.

Two destroyers and a supply ship left a port in the southernmost island province of Hainan for Somalia at 1:50 p.m. Friday.

They will cruise for about 10 days to arrive in the Gulf of Aden, joining the multinational patrol in one of the world's busiest sea lanes where surging piracy endangers international shipping.

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