GUANGZHOU - About 1,000 Chinese naval officers and soldiers Friday returned home, to South China's Guangdong province, after serving a 192-day tour of escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and in waters off the coast of Somalia.
Their tour of duty was China's sixth naval escort mission in the region.
The flotilla escorted 615 ships - 306 Chinese vessels and 309 foreign ones - during the mission.
The previous five Chinese missions in the Gulf of Aden escorted a total of 2,248 Chinese and foreign ships. The Chinese navy's escort work in the region began in December 2008.
The sixth naval escort flotilla set sail for the Gulf of Aden from Zhanjiang, Guangdong, on June 30, 2010. The flotilla began its escort work on July 16.