Chinese naval ship arrives in Thailand for friendly visit

Source:China Military Online Editor:Li Jiayao 2017-11-27

Chinese sailors man the rails aboard the Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) as the ship arrives at a military port in Sattahip of Thailand on Nov. 26, 2017. (81.cn/Qiao Meng)

SATTAHIP, Nov. 27 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83), which is on an oceangoing mission, arrived at a military port in Sattahip of Thailand for a four-day friendly visit on Nov. 26. This is the last leg for the ship' s mission.

Over 600 people including Chinese military attaché to Thailand Zhang Li, staff members from the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, officials of the Royal Thai Navy, representatives of China-funded institutions and overseas Chinese in Thailand, were at the pier to welcome the ship.

During the visit, Rear Admiral Yan Zhengming, president of the PLA Navy's Dalian Naval Academy and commanding officer of the training ship's ocean-going mission, will call on senior officials of the Royal Thai Navy and will also visit the Royal Thai Naval Academy and guided-missile frigate Naresuan.

During the four-day visit, naval officers and soldiers of China and Thailand will carry out activities such as ship visits, exchanges, friendly sports matches and deck receptions. Representatives of the Chinese delegation will go to the Royal Thai Naval Academy for a two-day training session. In addition, the Qi Jiguang training ship will also be open to local people.

Sattahip, located in the southeast region of the Bay of Bangkok, Thailand, is home to the Royal Thai Naval base. Sattahip hosts the headquarters of the Thai Navy Combat Fleet and Marine Corps as well as the First Fleet of the Thai Navy.

In recent years, there have been deepening exchanges between the navies of China and Thailand, and the two sides have conducted pragmatic cooperation in areas such as maritime safety and personnel exchanges.

 

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