San Diego, the United States, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese fleet arrived
at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego Monday morning, marking Chinese navy's first
visit to U.S. mainland port in 9 years.
When the fleet composed by missile destroyer Qingdao and auxiliary ship
Hongzehu cruised into San Diego port, hundreds of Chinese naval officers and
sailors in white uniforms with blue neckerchiefs, ranked straight at the rails.
Receiving the Chinese fleet, Rear Admiral Len Hering, the commander of U.S.
navy southwest region, said more communication and cooperation between U.S. and
Chinese navies would help maintain the peace in Pacific region.
"The U.S. navy and Chinese navy, both have the duty to keep peace and
stability in this region," Hering said. "We hope this visit will help us better
understand each other."
Rear Admiral Wang Fushan, deputy commander of the Chinese Navy North Sea
Fleet, said he was moved by U.S. navy's hospitality.
"As soon as we arrived, we received a warm welcome," Wang said. "On behalf
of Chinese people and the People's Liberation Army, I would like to extend my
heartfelt thanks for your hospitality."
"Also, our officers and sailors are deeply impressed by the professional
level that the U.S. navy has shown."