August 31, 2018 – Chinese guided-missile frigate Huangshan (Hull 570) arrived at the Darwin Port in Australia after 10 days of voyage on the morning of August 30, 2018, local time.
On behalf of the Chinese People’s Liberation (PLA) Navy, the frigate Huangshan will take part in the multinational naval exercise “Kakadu-2018” at the Darwin Port and its adjacent waters from August 31 to September 15, 2018.
The naval exercise will involve naval forces and observers from 27 countries such as China, Canada, India, Japan, and the United States. This is the first time the Chinese Navy has been invited to participate in the Exercise Kakadu since it began in 1993.
Chinese sailors assigned to the frigate Huangshan will join multinational naval troops to participate in a series of joint drills including main-gun firing, joint anti-submarine operations, air-defense operations, temporary inspection, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations, rescuing simulated drowning personnel, replenishment-at-sea, maritime free confrontations and so on.
Exchange events like cultural exhibitions and friendly sports games will also be held during the exercise.