China's naval hospital ship concludes 205-day overseas mission

Li Jiayao

HANGZHOU, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's naval hospital ship Peace Ark on Friday arrived at a naval port in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, successfully concluding its 205-day voyage on Mission Harmony-2018.

Covering a distance of 31,800 nautical miles (around 51,177 kilometers), Peace Ark conducted goodwill visits and provided medical services to the local people when it made port calls to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Venezuela and Ecuador.

The Chinese naval ship made port calls to Venezuela, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and the Dominican Republic for the first time.

The crew of the ship was commended for their good deeds by the Navy in December.

During their mission, medical personnel aboard the ship conducted 288 surgical operations and provided treatment and medical check services to tens of thousands of people.

Activities such as medical rescue drills, academic and cultural exchanges and deck receptions were also held during the mission.

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