PORT OF LA GOULETTE, Jan. 23 (ChinaMil) -- The 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce comprising of the guided-missile destroyer Haikou (Hull 171), the guided-missile frigate Yueyang (Hull 575) and the comprehensive supply ship Qinghaihu (Hull 885) left the Port of La Goulette on the morning of Jan. 20 after completing their 5-day friendly visit to Tunisia.
Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia BianYanhua, Chinese Military Attaché Wang Weigang, local overseas Chinese and Chinese students in Tunisia saw the Chinese naval escort taskforce off at the port.
The commanding officers of the Chinese naval taskforce called on the Chief of Staff of Tunisian Navy Rear Admiral (UH) Abderraouf Atallah and local government leaders, and paid an official visit to the Tunisian Naval Academy. They also introduced the escort missions conducted by the Chinese naval fleet at the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
During the visit, the Chinese naval fleet also hosted deck receptions and the sailors of the two navies conducted extensive friendly exchanges. Representatives of the Tunisian Navy and overseas Chinese in Tunisia also visited the Chinese naval vessels during the open day activities.
The two sides also carried out activities such as friendly sports matches and military exchanges to enhance mutual trust and friendship.
It is learnt that the next port call of the 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce will be Morocco.