Type 901 ship no. 965 is currently stationed in the South China Sea base, I believe in Linyi. From there she could support any flotilla headed to or from Djibouti. Given that a new flotilla is on the way, led by 052D pennant no. 175, she could make sure that the Type 903 in that flotilla remains topped up. At the same time, 117 Xining is done with her exercises with Iran and the Russian Navy and should be headed home with the previous flotilla --- the Type 054A assigned to that flotilla has exercised in the Cape of South Africa earlier in December with the Russians and South Africans --- so this fleet can be bone dry. I won't be surprised if 965 heads out to rendezvous with that flotilla to top them out somewhere in the Indian Ocean or south of the South China Seas before this flotilla returns to its North Sea Fleet base in Qingdao.seems like tanker to tanker replenishment to me.
Every time a new flottila is sent to Djibouti, it's composed with one replenishmeShi nt vessel. Do we know at which location of the trip they replenish the other two vessels ?