AUCKLAND, Nov. 15 (ChinaMil) – The guided-missile frigate Yancheng of the Chinese PLA Navy arrived at Hauraki Bay of Auckland, New Zealand on November 11, local time for the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) maritime security exercise.
This multilateral exercise involves navies of the ten member states and eight dialogue partners of the ADMM-Plus. Hosted by New Zealand, the exercise has a participating force of eight ships and special operations troops from China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore.
A joint staff headquarters composed of staff officers from all the participating navies will be in charge of command coordination of the exercise.
Commanding and staff officers of participating navies attended a preparatory meeting of the exercise held on Nov. 13 on HMNZS Canterbury of the New Zealand Navy to get their tasks in the exercise, they also conducted tactical consultations at the meeting. The exercise will kick off in waters off Auckland from Nov. 15 to 16.
The eight warships will form a special mixed fleet consisting of three task units. China's frigate Yancheng will participate in the exercise with a ship-based helicopter and a special operations group.
Since setting sail from Qingdao on October 18, the Chinese frigate has sailed more than 7,000 nautical miles in a row, said Cai Qing, captain of the frigate. "The exercise will help enhance the capability of the Chinese Navy to coordinate with the navies of the other participating countries in jointly coping with maritime security threats," Cai told PLA Daily.