Senior Capt. Wang Jianxun (L), commander of the Chinese naval taskforce 152, shakes hands with Capt. Idalberto Moreno (R), deputy chief of Cuban Navy at a seeing-off ceremony held for the Chinese naval taskforce 152 in Havana on November 14, 2015. (Photo: people.cn)
HAVANA, Nov.16 (ChinaMil) -- The taskforce 152 of the Chinese PLA Navy, which is composed of the guided missile destroyer Jinan, the guided missile frigate Yiyang and the supply ship Qiandaohu, wrapped up its successful goodwill visit to Cuba and left the Havana Harbor on the afternoon of November 14, 2015 for Acapulco de Juarez of Mexico for a goodwill visit.
The three-ship taskforce, after completing the merchant ship escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast, is on a global voyage amid paying visits to foreign countries. It arrived in Havana on 10th of November to start a five-day goodwill visit to Cuba.
During their stay in Havana, the taskforce held a deck reception and opened its ships to public visit. The Chinese naval officers and men visited the Cuban Naval Academy, exchanged experience and views on counter-terrorism with the officers and men of the Cuban navy. Besides, football, basketball and tug of war matches were held to enhance the friendship between the naval troops of both sides.
On Nov. 11, the Chinese naval soldiers laid wreaths at the José Martí Memorial and the monument in Havana honoring the Chinese Cubans who fought and laid down their lives in the Cuban War of Independence. They also went to a local primary school and brought gifts to students in the school.
Havana is the ninth leg of the Chinese naval taskforce's global port call voyage. After leaving Havana, it will sail through the Panama Canal and make goodwill visits to Acapulco, Mexico and Hawaii before returning to China.