By Hou Rui and Wang Xiaoxin
KIEL, GERMANY, June 20 (ChinaMil) -- The guided-missile frigate Binzhou (Hull 515) of the 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce was open to the public from June 16 to 17 in Kiel, Germany. The Chinese warship is in Kiel to participate in the “Kiel Week” activities and pay a friendly visit to Germany.
Local residents, overseas Chinese living in Germany and military personnel from different countries, with a total number exceeding 4500, boarded frigate Binzhou for a visit.
Many overseas Chinese and Chinese students studying in Germany traveled from Hamburg and Berlin to Kiel by train in the early morning to have a close look at the warship form their motherland.
Sailors from navies of foreign countries including Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Poland, who are also participating in the annual Kiel Week events, toured the Chinese frigate and were impressed with the ship's good performance and the well-trained and highly-disciplined crew.
The first Kiel Week was held in 1882 with a ship race among 20 sailing yachts. It has now become the largest sailing event in the world, which includes yacht race, summer cultural festivals and gathering of international naval ships.