A Chinese naval task group for ocean-going port visit left the Bandar Abbas Port of Iran on June 18 after wrapping up a four-day friendly visit to Iran and arrived in Muscat, capital of Oman on the morning of June 19 to start a four-day friendly visit to Oman.
Muscat City is located in the hub between the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. The city, surrounded by mountains on three sides, boarders the Arabian Sea in southeast and the Oman Bay in northeast.
At 8: 40 a.m. , local time, (12:40 Beijing Time), the Chinese naval task group, consisting of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the supply ship Chaohu, entered the Port Sultan Qaboos under the guidance of the patrol vessel al-Sadh of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).
Oman Navy held a welcome ceremony for the visiting Chinese naval task group at the dock. Commodore Said bin Abdullah al Saâedi, chief of staff officer of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), Charge d’affaires Li Hongyu and military attache Wang Yang of the Chinese Embassy in Oman, joined the welcoming crowd including the RNO officers, Chinese embassy staff, personnel from China-funded institutions, representatives of Chinese students studying in Oman and overseas Chinese.
Rear Admiral Shen Hao, commanding officer of the visiting Chinese naval task group, delivered a speech at the welcoming ceremony.
Although China and Oman are far apart from each other geographically, the miles doesn’t constitute the barrier of the profound friendship between the two countries, Shen said. He believes that the Chinese PLA Navy and the Royal Oman Navy will further strengthen pragmatic exchange and cooperation, enhance mutual trust and friendship, and work together to maintain regional stability and world peace.
After the welcoming ceremony, some officers and sailors of the RNO and the Chinese Embassy staff visited the destroyer Changchun. The RNO’s military band and the sailor’s band of the Chinese naval task group conducted professional exchange and gave a joint performance.
The two navies will carry out a series of communication activities including high-level exchange of visits, professional discussions, joint exercises as well as sports and cultural activities.