PORT SUDAN, August 26 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese naval taskforce led by the guide-missile destroyer Jinan (Hull number 152) arrived at the Port Sudan in the Republic of the Sudan on the morning of August 25, 2015, local time, kicking off its 5-day goodwill port visit to Sudan. This is the first time for the PLA Navy to pay an official friendly visit to Sudan.
It is learnt that the naval taskforce, known as the 20th escort taskforce of the PLA Navy, wrapped up the mission of escorting merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast and kicked off its global voyage on August 23.
The welcome ceremony was held at 10:00, Commodore Moosa, commander of Sudan's naval base, Li Lianhe, Chinese Ambassador to Sudan, as well as the staff of the embassy, representatives of China-funded institutions and overseas students, welcomed the Chinese taskforce at the wharf.
Over 200 Chinese nationals and overseas Chinese who attended the welcoming ceremony successively visited the guided-missile destroyer Jinan, the guided-missile frigate Yiyang and the supply ship Qiandaohu of the taskforce.
After the welcoming ceremony, commander of the Chinese naval taskforce met with the commander of the marine division of the Sudan Navy, base commander, governor of Al-Bahral-Ahmar State, and high-ranking military and political officials.
The Chinese visiting taskforce will carry out cultural and sports exchanges during its visit in Sudan, such as warship open day, deck reception, visiting the local orphanage, holding friendly football matches and tug-of-war competitions with the Sudan navy, according to sources.