China's naval hospital ship heads to Africa

China Military Online
Li Jiayao


Vice Admiral Ding Haichun, deputy political commissar of the PLA Navy, attends the see-off ceremony and gives a speech.

ZHOUSHAN, July 27 (ChinaMil) -- China's naval hospital ship Peace Ark set sail Wednesday morning from its home port in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang province, for a 155-day friendly visit to eight foreign countries.

The Peace Ark will visit Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania in Africa and also East Timor in Asia. Besides port calls, the Chinese naval hospital ship will carry out the Harmonious Mission 2017, providing humanitarian medical service for local people in these countries.

This is the sixth Harmonious Mission the hospital ship Peace Ark has performed. It set sail from Zhoushan in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively to perform the mission.

During its stay in Djibouti, the hospital ship will also provide medical service for the servicepersons of the Chinese naval escort taskforce and soldiers and construction personnel at the PLA's logistics support base in Djibouti.

The Peace Ark is equipped with a ship-based medical helicopter from an aviation regiment of the Beihai Fleet under the PLA Navy, and the medical crew comprises more than 110 medical staff from 21 institutions including the Naval Medical University and the Navy General Hospital, said Deputy Chief of Staff of the Donghai Fleet Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, who is commanding officer of the mission.

The photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows the Ssee-off ceremony at a military naal port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, for the Peace Ark hospital ship of the PLA Navy. The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark departed from Zhoushan Wednesday morning to start its friendly visit to eight African and Asian countries while carry outperforming the “Harmonious Mission-2017” to provide humanitarian medical service to local people.

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