According to the Ministry of National Defense of China, the nine-day Sea Guardians 2020 China-Pakistan joint naval exercise wrapped up at the Pakistan Navy’s Dockyard in Karachi on January 14.
Sea Guardians2020 is of the largest scale in the history of China-Pakistan joint naval exercises, with a large diversity of participating troops and wide coverage of maritime subjects. The Chinese participating troops mainly come from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command Navy, with five vessels including destroyer, frigate, supply ship and submarine rescue ship, two carrier-based helicopters, and more than 60 special operations members. The Pakistani side assigned two Zulfiquar-class F22P/F21 frigates, two fast attack craft (FAC), one fixed-wing anti-submarine patrol aircraft, two carrier-based helicopters, and about 60 special operations
The drill subjects include anti-pirate speedboat attack, maritime interception and temporary inspection, helicopter cross-deck landing, anti-missile drill, search and rescue drill, change of guard formation, ship-aircraft coordinated anti-submarine drill, underway replenishment control, submarine rescue and lifesaving.
After the conclusion of exercise, the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan (Hull 175), guided-missile frigate Yuncheng(Hull 571) and comprehensive supply ship Weishanhu(Hull 887) will form the 34th escort contingent to keep sailing to the Gulf of Aden, where it will carry out escort missions.
New source: the Ministry of National Defense of China