China, Bangladesh hold joint naval drill near Chittagong

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-02-02 17:28
The guided-missile frigate Liuzhou of the Chinese Navy conducts light communication with the frigate Bangabandhu of the Bangladesh Navy in a joint maritime drill held in the open waters off Chittagong, Bangladesh on Jan. 31, 2016. (navy.81.cn/Zeng Xingjian)

CHITTAGONG, Feb. 2 (ChinaMil) -- The 21st Chinese naval escort taskforce held a joint maritime drill with the Bangladesh Navy on the open sea outside Chittagong on Sunday.

The ships participating in the drill were the guided-missile frigates Liuzhou and Sanya and supply ship Qinghaihu of the 21st Chinese naval escort taskforce, frigates Bangabandhu and Osman and the patrol boat Durjoy of the Bangladesh Navy.

The drill involved formation movement, replenishment position occupation and semaphore communications. The Chinese taskforce had just wrapped up its goodwill visit to Bangladesh before the drill.

The drill kicked off at 15:00. Under simulated enemy threats inside the Port of Chittagong, the Chinese and Bangladeshi warships conducted emergency evacuation from the dock and sailed at high speed to open waters in the outer port of Chittagong.

“The low visibility caused by the thick fog in the sea areas where the drill was conducted and the high density of civilian ships anchoring or shuttling in the open waters off Chittagong added a lot of difficulties to our joint drill," said Shao Shuguang, chief of staff of the Chinese taskforce. The participating warships had to pay close attention to surface situations in order to avoid collision, he added.

The warships of the two sides arrived at the rendezvous point at 4 pm and then practiced formation movement, replenishment position occupation and semaphore communication. The joint drill concluded at 20:00.

“The drill is an important part of the taskforce’s visit to Bangladesh, it plays a positive role in promoting mutual trust and understanding, deepening exchange and cooperation between the two navies, improving the ability of both sides to jointly respond to maritime threats and safeguard regional peace,” said Yu Manjiang, commanding officer of the Chinese taskforce.

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