Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark arrives in Mozambique for visit

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark has arrived at the Maputo Port in Maputo, capital of Mozambique on Nov. 6, for an 8-day goodwill visit.

The hospital ship will also provide humanitarian medical services in Mozambique as part of the Harmonious Mission-2017.

The ship was welcomed by over 500 people including officials from the Mozambique Defense Ministry and Navy, working staff of the Chinese Embassy in Mozambique and local overseas Chinese, at the port.

Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, deputy chief of staff of the PLA Navy’s East China Sea Fleet and commanding officer of the “Harmonious Mission-2017” task, will call on Mozambican Minister of Health and Deputy Defense Minister during the visit.

The ship-based hospital on the Peace Ark will receive patients, meanwhile, medical experts working on the Peace Ark will go to Mozambican military hospitals to provide medical service and conduct professional exchange with Mozambican military medical workers.

Sailors and doctors from the Chinese hospital ship will also visit the Confucius Institute at Universidade Eduardo Mondelane and a special school in Maputo.

Mozambique is the 36th country the Peace Ark has visited since it joined the PLA Navy in 2008.

Prior to Mozambique, the ship had visited Djibouti, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Congo and Angola. It will later travel to Tanzania 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.

Li Jiayao/ China Military Online

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