COLOMBO, January 22 (ChinaMil) -- The 21st Chinese naval escort taskforce consisting of the guided-missile frigates Liuzhou and Sanya and the comprehensive supply ship Qinghaihu successfully completed its five-day friendly port visit to Sri Lanka on January 21, 2016, and then conducted a joint maritime drill with the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in the open sea off the Colombo Port on the same day.
At about 07:00 on that day, the warships of the 21st Chinese naval escort taskforce successively left the Colombo Port. The SLN held a farewell ceremony at the port to see off the Chinese taskforce, during which the Sri Lanka naval band played the farewell music.
Representatives from the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka, local overseas Chinese and Chinese nationals, and China-funded institutions as well as SLN officers and soldiers participated in the ceremony to see off the Chinese taskforce. The officers and soldiers of the Chinese warships manned the rails and waved goodbye to the people at the port.
After leaving the Colombo Port, the guided-missile frigate Liuzhou of the Chinese taskforce and the offshore patrol vessel Sagara of the SLN conducted a joint maritime drill on subjects including formation maneuver, replenishment-at-sea and joint search and rescue in the open sea off the Colombo Port.
The Chinese naval taskforce arrived at the Colombo Port of Sri Lanka on the morning of January 17. During the visit, Rear Adm. Yu Manjiang, commanding officer of the Chinese naval taskforce, called on leaders of the SLN including commander of the SLN and commanders of SLN Western Naval Area (WNA) and Southern Naval Area (SNA), and exchanged views with them on issues including anti-piracy and maritime security cooperation.
The officers and soldiers of the Chinese naval taskforce and the SLN also held activities including cross-deck visits, sports competitions and deck receptions, which further expanded the military-to-military exchanges between China and Sri Lanka and promoted mutual trust and friendship between the two navies.
It is learnt that the Chinese naval taskforce will go to Bangladesh for a friendly port visit after wrapping up its visit to Sri Lanka.