SYDNEY, June 9 (ChinaMil) -- The 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce composed of the guided-missile frigates Hengyang (Hull 568) and Yulin (Hull 569) and the comprehensive supply ship Honghu (Hull 963) slowly sailed into a military Port in Sydney of Australia under the guidance of the guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), on the morning of June 8, local time, to begin a four-day friendly visit.
The Chinese Embassy in Australia and representatives of the Australian side held a grand welcoming ceremony at the pier.
Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, Chief of Staff Fleet Command of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Commodore Lee Goddard, Commander Surface Forces of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Cheng Jingye, Chinese ambassador to Australia, and personnel from the embassy as well as overseas Chinese went to the pier to welcome the taskforce. After the welcoming ceremony, they boarded the frigate Hengyang for a visit.
On the afternoon of the day, Rear Admiral Zhao Jicheng, commanding officer of the 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce, met with military and civilian officials of the RAN's HMAS Kuttabul naval base, Fleet Command and Sydney municipal government and introduced to them the performance of the Chinese escort taskforce's missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast.
During the visit, the 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce will hold ships open days and deck receptions, visit the Australian naval bases and ships, and carry out cultural and sports activities together with Australian naval sailors, so as to enhance friendship and cultural exchanges between the two sides, according to sources.
It is learned that the 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce just concluded the visit to Madagascar before this visit.