Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chinese warship visits India

   On the morning of August 8, the PLA Navy’s “Shenzhen” missile destroyer which accomplished the escort task in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast arrived at the Kochi Port, India to start a 3-day-long goodwill visit under the leadership of Rear Admiral Yao Zhilou, deputy commander of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy.
The 6000 ton ship (167 Shenzhen) belongs to China's North Sea Fleet, it is current deployed in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.Shenzhen is the only Type 051B Luhai-class destroyer with a displacement of about 6,100 tonnes. It has a slope-sided hull designed with a view to minimising radar signature to dodge detection. It took part in the PLA Navy’s first goodwill visit to Africa in 2000, Europe in 2001 and Japan in 2007.

According to the schedule, the navies of the two sides will carry out a multiple of military exchanges, including a discussion on the experience of the escort in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast. The officers and men of the “Shenzhen” warship will also visit the Naval Submarine School and the Naval Aeronautical Engineering Academy of India and have a friendly basketball match with Indian sailors.
  Located along the coast of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is the place where the Southern Naval Command of India is situated and also a major training base of the Indian Navy.

Kochi is also a major ship-building base and fishery port in India and the first aircraft carrier independently developed by India was built here.
  In November 2005, the Chinese naval ship formation consisting of the “Shenzhen” warship and the “Weishanhu” comprehensive replenishment ship ever paid a 3-day-long goodwill visit to Kochi.


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