COLOMBO, Aug 6 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's hospital ship Peace Ark arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 6 for a four-day technical stop. This is the first time that the Peace Ark has paid a visit to Sri Lanka.
The Peace Ark set sail from its home port in Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang province on July 27 to embark on the voyage of visiting eight Asian and African nations and performing the "Harmonious Mission-2017" task.
During the four days of staying in Colombo, the military doctors on the Peace Ark will provide free medical service for local people.
Commodore Sanath Uthpala, deputy commander of the Western Naval Area of Sri Lanka Navy, Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang were among the more than 300 people welcoming the Peace Ark at the dock.
Uthpala said that they were very glad to see the Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark making a stop in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Navy looked forward to further enhancing cooperation and exchanges with the Chinese PLA Navy.
Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, deputy chief of staff of the PLA Navy's East China Sea Fleet and commanding officer of the "Harmonious Mission-2017", will call on Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.
The hospital on the Peace Ark will provide physical examination and medical treatment for working staff in the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and Chinese-funded institutions, Chinese studying and working in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan military personnel and their families as well as local residents will also enjoy free medical service provided by the Chinese naval hospital ship.