The United States navy destroyer USS Stethem docks at Wusong military port in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 16, 2015. The USS Stethem, with 365 crew members, arrived in Shanghai on Monday for a 5-day friendly visit.
SHANGHAI, Nov. 17 (ChinaMil) -- The Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem of the U.S. Navy, led by Cmdr. Harry Marsh, commanding officer of the USS Stethem, arrived at a naval port in Wusong of Shanghai on the afternoon of November 16, 2015 for a five-day friendly visit to Shanghai.
This is the USS Stethem’s first visit to Shanghai and the eighth visit paid by U.S. naval ships since the city welcomed the first U.S. naval ship in1989. A total of 365 persons including 26 officers, 24 petty officers and 315 enlisted men as well as a SH-60 helicopter are with the warship for this visit. Commander Adm. Scott Swift of the U.S. Pacific Fleet also arrived in Shanghai by air on the same day and will attend the visiting activities of the USS Stethem.
After the USS Stethem’s arrival in Shanghai, Adm. Swift led principal officers of the USS Stethem to call on Vice Adm. Su Zhiqian, commander of the East China Sea Fleet of the Chinese PLA Navy. A reception was also held by the Chinese side to welcome the visiting USS Stethem on Monday evening.
During the U.S. naval ship’s visit to Shanghai, the Chinese and U.S. naval service persons will visit each other’s warships, hold basketball matches and go to the Shanghai School for the Blind Children together to visit students there.
In addition, the crew members on the USS Stethem will also visit the tourist sites including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Yu Garden in Shanghai.
After the USS Stethem completes its Shanghai visit, it will conduct a joint training exercise on signaling communication and the Code of Conduct on Unplanned Encounters at Sea as well as a joint search and rescue with Chinese naval ships in waters near the estuary of the Yangtze River.
The USS Stethem will be back to Yokosuka Naval Port of Japan after the joint drill.