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Sunday 18 May 2014

PLA Navy on maiden goodwill visit to Visakhapatnam

Two PLA Navy (PLAN) ships --- training ship, Zhenghe; and frigate, Weifang --- arrived at Visakhapatnam on 17th May, on a four-day maiden visit to India’s Eastern Naval Command. The senior officers with the  PLAN task force included Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu (Commander PLAN Training Ship Task Group), and Rear Admiral Li Jianjun, Assistant Chief of Staff and Political Commissar of PLA Dalian Naval Academy.

During this three-day visit from 17th to 20th May, sailors from both navies will engage in various professional, cultural, social and sports events. The PLAN personnel will play friendly basketball and football matches with their Indian counterparts from the Eastern Fleet. PLAN sailors will also sightsee around Visakhapatnam.

Commisioned in 1987, training ship Zhenghe has Commander Ye Kaihua at the helm, while the frigate Weifang is commanded by Captain Zhang Zaige. The ships are on a good will visit to four Asian Nations including Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.


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