PLA naval taskforce sets sail for New Zealand, US, Canada

Source
China Military
Editor
Yao Jianing
Time
2016-10-19

The guided-missile frigate Yancheng (Hull Number 546) of the PLA Navy prepares to set sail from Qingdao on October 18 to New Zealand, the US and Canada for exercises and visits. (81.cn/Wang Songqi)

QINGDAO, October 19 (ChinaMil) -- A PLA naval taskforce comprised of the guided-missile frigates Yancheng (Hull Number 546) and Daqing (Hull Number 546) and comprehensive supply ship Taihu (Hull Number 546) set sail from Qingdao on October 18 to New Zealand, the US and Canada for exercises and visits.

The taskforce will split en route to the Port of Auckland, New Zealand. The Yancheng frigate will continue sailing to waters off Auckland for the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) -Plus Maritime Security Exercise, in which vessels from over 10 countries will participate.

It will later join in the International Naval Review to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

After those activities, the taskforce will rendezvous again and visit the Port of San Diego in the US, and Port of Victoria in Canada.

During the visit to the US, the two countries will hold joint exercises on such subjects as fleet communication and maneuver in sea areas near San Diego in accordance with the Rules of Behavior for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters.

The exercises and visits will contribute to deepening the military exchanges with the ASEAN, New Zealand, the US and Canada, and they are of great importance to improving the PLA Navy's capability of implementing diverse tasks, according to Huang Xinjian, commanding officer of the Chinese naval taskforce and deputy commander of the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy.

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