ZHOUSHAN, Jan. 27 (ChinaMil) -- Having successfully accomplished the China-Malaysia Peace and Friendship 2015 joint exercise and the Harmonious Mission 2015 medical service trip, PLA Navy's hospital ship Peace Ark returned on Tuesday morning to its home port in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province.
In its 142-day voyage, the ship sailed 32,500 nautical miles on the sea. As one of the three warships of the Chinese Navy fleet 170, the Peace Ark set sail from Zhoushan on Sept. 7, 2015 to Malaysia for the Peace and Friendship 2015 military exercise jointly held by China and Malaysia from Sept. 17 to 22 in the Malacca Strait and surrounding waters.
The Chinese naval hospital ship left Malaysia's Port Kelang on Sept. 23 for Brisbane, Australia, the first leg of its Harmonious Mission 2015.
While the hospital ship was open to outpatients, the doctors on the ship formed 29 teams to provide itinerant medical service for 17,441 persons/ times in prisons, islands, communities, villages and towns, conducted 59 successful surgical operations.
Meanwhile providing free medical service, the officers and soldiers on the hospital ship carried out cultural interactions and health services in nursing homes, orphanages and schools. In addition, the hospital ship received 9,402 foreigners onboard for visit.
The doctors on the ship also had 24 academic seminars with 516 foreign medical workers. The officers and soldiers on the ship in 58 groups visited military bases and medical institutions of the host country for 1,963 person/ times.
Rear Adm. Wang Hai, deputy commander of the PLA Navy , and Vice Adm. Su Zhiqian, commander of the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, attended the welcoming ceremony held on the dock.