Majestic appearance of the Zhenghe-ship.
sea be the witness! Oath-taking by probationary cadets on board of
generation of navigators set sail from here.
the Zhenghe-ship came to Nanjing, where Zheng He kicked off his seven ocean
voyages to west.
are observing the weather and measuring the sea on board of the
Zhenghe-ship is the first ocean going training vessel designed and
manufactured by China and is now in commission in the Dalian Naval Academy for
training cadets in oceangoing voyage. It is named after Zheng He, a great
navigator of ancient China, and its hull number is no other than the "8.1" in
Chinese characters, which is the founding date of the PLA. It has been put to
long-distance voyage crossing the big ocean for 16 times with a total mileage of
210,000-plus nautical miles. So, it is the ship that has outstripped the other
ships in terms of times of visit to other countries, sailing distance and
on-service rate, hence being honored the "offshore mobile university" since more
than one third of the grassroots commanding officers of the PLA Navy once
received training and went through the test of the rough sea on board of the
"China has the first-class warship!"
On November15, 1993, the Zhenghe-ship visited India for
the first time. According to international proprieties, a visiting warship
should be fully dressed with flags and colors immediately after docking. The
speed of its dressing up usually reflects the quality and training level of the
sailors (Once, it took a foreign warship nearly one hour to be fully dressed
when it visited Qingdao, a Chinese port city). It was no sooner than the first
anchor line tossed from the Zhenghe-ship to the Bombay dock was well tied, 78
flags of various colors stretching 180 meters long were hung up high and all
over the ship, and it took them only one minute to finish it all. Journalists
from more than a dozen countries gathering at the wharf to see the appearance of
the Chinese ship took photos with endless glittering flashlights on and off. The
next day, various local media covered the news, saying: "China has the
"Chinese navy has the first-rate skills!"
In September 2000, the Zhenghe-ship visited Russia. At
9:00 on Sept. 21, the ship sailed into Port Vladivostok under the guidance of
Russian pilot. Given the special conditions of the port, the ship could only
dock with its stern, making the docking quite difficult. Well, Captain Yu Min
who was also the instructor commanded the docking calmly and resolutely. With
only several terse orders, the ship was docked rapidly, neatly and steadily,
exactly 40 minutes ahead of the schedule, which was way beyond all expectations
of the officers and men of the Russian Navy present there. The Zhenghe-ship was
already soundly fastened up and the gangway ladder put down before the Russians
could line up to welcome the visitors. The Chief of staff of Russian Pacific
Fleet was full of praise and said that "When the UK and the US fleets came here
for visits, it took them almost two hours to dock. And yet, you did it 40
minutes faster. The Chinese navy has the first-rate skills!"