Warships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, attached to its 31st Naval Escort Task Force, has conducted a visit to Sydney, Australia from June 3 to 8.
The 31st Naval Escort Task Force is composed of Type 071 amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), Type 054A guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and Type 903 comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964).
The vessels sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney on June 3 under the guidance of an Australian Navy helicopter. The Chinese Embassy in Australia and the Australian Navy jointly held a grand welcoming ceremony at the dock.
Representatives of Australian sailors, the staff of Chinese embassy and consulate led by Cheng Jingye, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, as well as representatives of overseas Chinese and Chinese institutions greeted the Chinese naval vessels at the dock.
During the visit, Senior Captain Shao Shuguang and Senior Captain Zhang Jiajian, commanders of the Chinese naval escort fleet, met with major military and political officials of Australia and introduce the Chinese Navy’s escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.
In addition, the Chinese Navy fleet held a deck reception and launched friendly matches of basketball and football with their Australian counterparts, with a view to deepening the China-Australia friendship and cultural exchanges.
The Chinese Navy fleet has just finished a four-month escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia, and arrived in Australia after more than a month of maritime navigation training.