People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 920 hospital ship, Heping Fangzhou (Peace Ark) arrived at the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on August 6 on a goodwill visit.
The ship was welcomed by Sri Lanka Navy Deputy Area Commander Western Naval Area, Commodore Sanath Uthpala and senior officers of the Navy. A host of Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka made their presence at the harbour premises in welcoming the ship.
During the four day official visit in Sri Lanka, Deputy Chief of Staff of East Sea Fleet, PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, Commanding Officer of the ship Captain Guo Baofeng and senior officers of Ark Peace are expected to meet with the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.
Further, the medical staff of the ship are scheduled to conduct several medical camps along with the medical personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy. Moreover, arrangements have been made ready for Sri Lankan doctors and medical students to get onboard ship to experience a rare opportunity. The ship will leave the Colombo harbour on 09th August.
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 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 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.