Patrol vessel Haixun 21 arrived at a port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on January 17, 2013, after finishing a three-day patrol in the South China Sea.
A ceremony was held to celebrate the enlisting of patrol vessel Haixun 21 into the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration in Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province, on December 27, 2012.
Haixun 21 was put into use in 2002. It is 93.2 meters long with a maximum sailing distance of 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) without refueling. Its maximum sailing speed is 22 knots (40.74 kilometers per hour). The helipad, located at the stern, is about 21 meters long and 11 meters wide.

"In the past, Hainan provincial maritime law enforcement entities could only cover coastal waters and never reached the high seas. The newly enlisted Haixun 21 ends the history of no large oceangoing patrol vessels in South China Sea," said Ruan Ruiwen, head of the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration.
SOURCE: Global Times
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