Chinese naval guided-missile destroyer Changchun docks in the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh, May 23, 2017. A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh on Tuesday for a four-day friendly visit to Bangladesh. (Shi Kuiji/cnr.cn)
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, May 24 (ChinaMil) -- A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh on Tuesday for a four-day friendly visit to Bangladesh. The fleet received a warm welcome from local overseas Chinese at the port.
The Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh is the fifth leg of the Chinese naval fleet's global port calls. At 10:00 a.m., the guided-missile destroyer Changchun and the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou docked in the Port of Chittagong under the guidance of a corvette of the Bangladesh Navy.
Over 200 people including Captain Zaman, chief of staff of Bangladeshi Chittagong Naval Area, Chinese Ambassador Ma Mingqiang and Defense Attaché Zhang Wei to Bangladesh and representatives of China-funded institutions, Chinese students studying in Bangladesh and local overseas Chinese and Chinese nationals were at the pier to welcome the fleet.
The Bangladesh Navy held a grand welcoming ceremony for the visiting Chinese naval fleet. Rear Admiral Shen Hao, commanding officer of the Chinese naval fleet, reviewed the guard of honor of Bangladesh Navy.
The Chinese and Bangladesh navies have established deep friendship, said Shen Hao when receiving a media interview. This visit will further enhance the traditional friendship, and the two navies are scheduled to carry out professional exchanges between special operation and ship-based helicopter forces as well as conduct a joint maritime drill, Shen added.
Chittagong, as the biggest port city of Bangladesh, is the locality of both the Chittagong Base of Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Naval Academy.
During the visit, Rear Adm. Shen Hao will meet with Bangladesh Navy Fleet Commander Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haque, Commander of Chittagong Naval Area Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, and Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal.
The Chinese naval fleet will hold a deck reception on the destroyer Changchun and representatives of Bangladesh naval officers and men will be invited to attend the deck reception. The two Chinese warships will also be open for public visit by Bangladesh Navy personnel and overseas Chinese in Bangladesh.