China's first major international naval deployment in literally hundreds of years has apparently been deemed a success. The three-ship anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia began in late December 2008 and had been set to wrap up this past March. Later that month, however, the Chinese government announced that China's Horn of Africa mission, part of the growing international naval presence there, would be extended as new Chinese warships are rotated in to replace those ships from the initial voyage. This second anti-piracy deployment will include the well-traveled Luhai-class destroyer Shenzhen, pictured here, along with the Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate Huangshan. The support ship for the operation, a Fuchi-class replenishment oiler, the Weishanhu, will remain for both deployments.