QINGDAO, April 22 (ChinaMil) -- The port city of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province will hold the upcoming multi-national naval fleet review to mark the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary on April 23, 2019. Same as 10 years ago, the sea and air space in the vicinity of Qingdao will once again become the venue for the grand maritime parade.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director of the PLA Navy’s Expert Consultation Committee, said that Qingdao is the “optimal choice” for hosting a large-scale international military fleet review in terms of port conditions, naval culture and urban openness, etc.
“Qingdao is blessed with good port conditions,” added Yin. “It is suitable for the berthing of submarines and large surface ships.” Furthermore, Qingdao is the location of the navy headquarters of the PLA Northern Theater Command, which facilitates the organization of activities and the staging of naval ships and aircraft.
Historically, Qingdao has been closely related to the development of the PLA Navy, as multiple naval units have been born and grown here.
PLA Navy’s first aviation school was established in Qingdao in early 1950. Soon after, the first naval anti-aircraft artillery unit and gun artillery regiment were established there too. Two years later, the PLA Navy began to build its first submarine base in Qingdao.
In June 1954, the first submarine force of the PLA Navy was established in Qingdao. The people of the port city always retained a close tie and strong feelings with the Navy, who undoubtedly will fully support the hosting of the maritime celebration activities.
Yin added that Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city with a buzzing and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it easier to arrange activities on the shore for international fleets. He also believes that foreign military officers and soldiers will appreciate the enthusiasm and charm of Qingdao while taking part in the celebration activities.