Chinese frigate rescues Panamanian ship from pirates in Gulf of Aden

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Under the escort of the guided-missile frigate Yulin (R) of the 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce escorts, Tuvalu's OS35 cargo ship (L) sails to the pilot station off the Port of Aden in Yemen at around 10:40 on April 11, local time.

The Chinese navy rescued a Panamanian merchant ship from pirates in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend, the second time it has helped a vessel under threat this month.

A convoy sent by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy rescued a Panamanian ship that was being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday.

The PLA Daily reported Sunday that Frigate Hengyang of China’s 25th convoy fleet received a report around 9:30 p.m. Saturday Beijing Time from the Mercury system saying that the ship ALHEERA was under attack by five pirates and was requesting help.

Hengyang set out immediately and dispatched its shipboard helicopter to the area. The helicopter arrived at the oil tanker at around 10:30 p.m. and drove a way the suspected pirates.

The ALHEERA was deemed safe and continued its passage, said the newspaper.

Since 2008, Chinese fleet have escorted more than 6,000 ships through this vital sea route and have successfully rescued or aided more than 60 Chinese and foreign ships.

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