China & U.S. conduct joint anti-piracy drill in Aden

This is a piece of work done during the internship at CCTVNews New Media Center. 
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Translated and Edited by Zhang Boning, 12 December, 2014

Chinese and US naval vessels conducted a joint anti-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday afternoon.

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The Chinese ships Yuncheng and Chaohu along with the USS Sterettmissile destroyer conducted the drill, in accordance with the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

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In this first Chinese-American drill under the CUES program, Chinese and American navies were tasked with making swift contact and making decisions on joint voyage and helicopter landings.

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Navy troops from both countries climbed rope ladders to board the ship, fired live ammunition and arrested simulated pirates.

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CUES was first brought up in 2000 and eventually passed during the 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium in early 2014.

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The tasks of the drill included unplanned encounters at sea, helicopters landing on each other’s warships, communications, warship taskforce movement, joint temporary inspection and arrest as well as light-weapon shooting, joint rescue of hijacked merchant ship and firing at sea targets by secondary guns, and helicopter patrol at night.

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