Chinese naval fleet visits Saudi Arabia
( Source: China Military ) 2017-January-10 17:52
The guided-missile destroyer Harbin of the 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce reaches the Port of Jeddah on January 9, 2016. A Chinese naval fleet comprised of three warships arrives at the Port of Jeddah on Monday for a five-day visit to Saudi Arabia. (81.cn/ Wang Changsong)
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 10 (ChinaMil) -- A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Port of Jeddah on January 9 for a five-day friendly visit to Saudi Arabia. This is the second time for Chinese naval ships to pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
The guided-missile destroyer Harbin, the guided-missile frigate Handan and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu, forming the 24th escort taskforce of the Chinese PLA Navy, have embarked on their foreign port-call voyage after completing the mission of providing escort for merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast.
The three Chinese naval ships arrived at the Port of Jeddah at 10:00 on January 9, local time. Over 200 persons including Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Jeddah An Wa'er, staff of China-funded institutions, and overseas Chinese as well as representatives of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) were at the pier to welcome the Chinese warships.
During its visit to Saudi Arabia, the taskforce will hold a deck reception, and the commanding officers of the taskforce, including Senior Captain Bai Yaoping and Zhou Pingfei, will call on officers of the Western Fleet of the RSNF. They are also scheduled, together with representatives of the Chinese sailors, to visit the naval tactical center and the maritime fire-fighting simulation center of the RSNF.
In addition, sailors of the two navies will also visit each other's warships.
Saudi Arabia is the first leg of the Chinese naval fleet's voyage of visit to four Western Asia countries, which will continue to bring it to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.