Chinese warships return after RIMPAC 2016 exercise

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Li Ruojun
2016-08-08 17:36

The guided-missile frigate Hengshui of the Chinese naval taskforce departs from the Pearl Harbor on Aug. 5, 2016.

PEARL HARBOR, Aug. 8 (ChinaMil) --The Chinese naval taskforce, completing the "Rim of the Pacific 2016" exercise (RIMPAC 2016), set out for home on the morning of Aug. 5, local time.

The guided-missile destroyer Xi'an, the guided-missile frigate Hengshui, the comprehensive supply ship Gaoyouhu, the comprehensive submarine rescue ship Changdao and the hospital ship Peace Ark of the Chinese naval taskforce successively left the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on the morning of Aug. 5.

The 53-day RIMPAC 2016 was divided into four stages, namely maritime navigation, in-port training, maritime training, and summary and withdrawal.

During the exercise, the Combined Task Force 175 (CTF 175), which consisted of 10 warships from China, the U.S., France and Indonesia, conducted training on 16 subjects in three categories of the maritime blockade operations.

During the exercise, the comprehensive submarine rescue ship Changdao achieved perfect docking with a simulated platform of the U.S. in an actual maritime docking drill. And the on-the-deck receptions and warship open days organized aboard the guided missile destroyer Xi'an and the hospital ship Peace Ark received over 3,000 guests and visitors from various countries.

Also, Chinese sailors attended dozens of exchange activities during the exercise, including receptions held by the navies of other countries, multilateral medical forums and "RIMPAC Cup" sports competitions.

"Our participation in the RIMPAC 2016 exercise is a trip for friendship, cooperation and exhibition, not only showcasing our strength, but also conveying our sincere goodwill for seeking peace," said Wang Sheqiang, commanding officer of the Chinese naval taskforce for the RIMPAC 2016.

"The Chinese Navy is willing to cooperate with the navies of all peace-loving countries, so as to jointly safeguard world peace and regional stability," he added.


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