HAURAKI BAY, New Zealand, Nov. 14 (ChinaMil) -- The preparatory meeting of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security Exercise was held on the HMNZS Canterbury, a multi-role vessel with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), on Nov. 13, 2016, local time. Six Chinese naval officers headed by Cai Qing, captain of the guided-missile frigate Yancheng (546) of the Chinese PLA Navy's North China Sea Fleet, attended the preparation meeting.
At the meeting, participants were briefed on the exercise background, safety risks, simulated ships and rules of engagement in the exercise. They also conducted consultations on the tactics.
The exercising forces will be divided into three task units according to the exercise plan. The Chinese guided-missile frigate Yancheng, the Indonesian dock landing ship Banda Sea, and Zelanian multi-role vessel Canterbury are grouped into a unit, with the Banda Sea as the command ship.
Prior to this meeting, staff officers of participating navies had attended a concentration training given by the joint staff headquarters for the exercise at the Maritime Operations Training Center of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and they boarded the Canterbury on the morning of Nov. 10 to kick off the joint staff work.
The participating forces conducted a preliminary exercise on Nov. 14 and the exercise implementation phase will begin on Nov. 15.