JACKSONVILLE, the United States, Nov. 9 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese naval fleet 152, also known as the 20th Chinese naval escort taskforce, which is on a global voyage, left the Naval Station Mayport at 8:00 am, November 7, local time, after a successful goodwill visit to Jacksonville, Florida.
Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of US Navy Region Southeast, staff at Chinese Embassy in the U.S. and representatives of overseas Chinese bade farewell to the three ships of the Chinese naval fleet at the port.
Senior Captain Wang Jianxun, commander of the Chinese naval fleet, met with Rear Adm. Mary Jackson and other high-level officers of the US Navy. He also had consultations with Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander of the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group 10, Commodore Ford, commander of the US Navy Destroyer Squadron 26, and captains of participating Chinese and U.S. vessels about the joint exercise to be held on Nov. 7.
During the visit, the Chinese naval fleet held a deck reception and some Chinese naval officers and sailors participated in the reception held by the US Navy. Nearly 1,000 naval troops from both sides visited each other's vessels and more than 500 of them participated in cultural and sports exchange activities including football and basketball matches, tug-of-war games and picnics.
At the deck reception given by the visiting Chinese fleet, Rear Adm. Mary Jackson said in her speech that the Chinese naval ships' visit has helped to deepen the friendship between the officers and men of the Chinese and American navies, and she looked forward to meeting again with the three Chinese warships on the sea.
The guided-missile destroyer Jinan, guided-missile frigate Yiyang and supply ship Qiandaohu conducted a joint exercise with guided-missile destroyers USS Mason and USS Stout, and guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey in waters southeast of Mayport on Saturday.
After the exercise, the three Chinese naval ships will head to Cuba's Havana for a goodwill visit.