Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark arrives in Luanda, Angola

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark has arrived in Luanda, capital of Angola on Thursday morning, Xinhua reported.

The ship is on an eight-day mission to Luanda to deliver free medical services to the local people.

“This is the first time Peace Ark has visited Angola, and the mission is aimed at enhancing the cooperation between the two countries”, Guan Bailin, Task Group Commander, was quoted as saying.

A total of 115 healthcare professionals are on board the Peace Ark, mostly from the Naval Medical University, of which 60 percent have senior titles.

Upon completing mission in Angola, the ship will travel to Mozambique, Tanzania and other countries to provide free medical and humanitarian services.

In the years between 2010 and 2015, the Peace Ark paid visits to Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. The ship has traversed 31 countries and more than 120,000 people have received free onboard medical and humanitarian services.

About Type 920 Hospital Ship:

The Type 920 Hospital Ship is a class of hospital ship in the People’s Liberation Army Navy of the People’s Republic of China. It consists of only one ship, 866 Daishan Dao. Daishan Dao is also known as Peace Ark (Heping Fangzhou) during peace time.

The ship, with a pennant number 866, is assigned to the East Sea Fleet and based out of Hubei.

The state of the art ship has been constructed in a bid to engage swiftly in humanitarian response to disasters around the world. The ship is 178 m in length, 24 m in width and displaces approximately 14,000 tons. It has a crew complement of 381.

The ship, with a total area of 4,000 square meters, has 500 beds, 35 ICUs, 12 operating theatres, and the capacity to accommodate 60 major surgeries a day – about as many as a large hospital in Beijing. She has treated over 120,000 people across from the globe during her circumnavigation.

The ship is unarmed and painted white with red crosses to conform to the Geneva Convention criteria for a civilian hospital ship; firing upon it is potentially a war crime under international law.

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