Chinese warship to attend Kiel Week activities in Germany

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2016-05-31 16:12

A seaman on the Chinese frigate Xiangtan is on guard duty on May 23, 2016. Escorted by the frigate Xiangtan of the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce, a merchant ship named Evangelia L serving for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) arrived at the waters near the Port of Berbera in Somalia at about 09:00 on May 23, local time.

GULF OF ADEN, May 31 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese frigate Xiangtan set sail from the Gulf of Aden at 15:00 on May 27, local time, for Germany to attend the Kiel Week activities.

The guided missile frigate is one of the three warships of the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce, which is now performing its escort duties in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast. In the upcoming Kiel Week, it will participate in the international maritime comprehensive skills competition and host an open day for public visit by naval servicepersons from participating countries.

The guided-missile frigate Zhoushan and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu of the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce will continue to perform their naval escort duties in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast while the frigate Xiangtan attends the Kiel Week activities in Germany.

Beginning on July 23, 1882 as a racing competition between naval and merchant ships, the Kiel Week is now the world's largest annual sailing event with various kinds of cultural exchange activities besides regattas.

This year's Kiel Week will start on June 17, during which more than 30 naval ships from 11 countries including China, the U.S., the U.K. and France will participate in relevant activities.

The photo kaken on February 24, 2016 shows a ceremony held in the east China island city of Zhoushan to mark the commission of the guided missile frigate Xiangtan to the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy.

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