HAWAII, July 11 (ChinaMil) -- A total of 24 warships from 10 countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 Exercise, including China, the U.S. and Australia, opened to the public on July 9, 2016. The Guided-missile destroyer Xi'an and the hospital ship Peace Ark of the Chinese PLA Navy drew extensive attention on the open day.
On the early morning of that day, people began to queue at Wharf K7 and K8 where the Chinese warships berthed. The open day officially kicked off at 8:00 a.m., and the visitors, led by the guide, boarded the ships group by group.
Zhu Shiyan, a 70-year-old Chinese-American whose ancestral home was Leshan city, Sichuan province, has lived in Hawaii for more than 20 years. The old man came to the Pearl Harbor with his family early in the morning, and made his first stop at the Chinese fleet.
"I am very excited to see the warships of my motherland in Hawaii. They indicate the greatness and prosperity of China." said Zhu Shiyan on the foredeck of the Chinese guided-missile destroyer Xi'an.
In addition, many naval officers and soldiers of the participating countries also boarded the Chinese warships.
"The Chinese warships and the Australian warships berth side by side in the Pearl Harbor. They are good neighbors and good friends. The open day event is well organized on the Chinese warships, which are good-looking, clean and neat, and very impressive." said a sailor with the Australian amphibious ship, HMAS Canberra.
The open day event lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and more than 3,400 people visited the Chinese warships. After the open day, warships from the participating countries will steer out of the Pearl Harbor to undertake maritime exercises.