October 3, 2018 – In a surprise change of schedule, the Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace will visit Dominica on October 12 through 19 instead of the originally planned attendance at the Chilean Navy Bicentennial October 14.
This will be the first time for Ark Peace to visit Dominica which is the 39th country to be visited.
During the visit, the mission commanders will pay courtesy calls on the senior government officials of Dominica. Hospital ship Ark Peace will offer free medical services to the local people and staff of Chinese-funded institutions, including exchange activities, such as medical training, public ship tour and cultural entertainment.
Ark Peace set sail from Zhoushan, China on June 28 to carry out Mission Harmony – 2018.
Dominica is the 7th stop of the current mission.
This mission is the concrete practice of carrying forward international humanitarianism and disseminating the idea of peace, development, cooperation and win-win as well, which will be conducive to enhance the friendly relationship between China and Dominica and the two peoples as well.
The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace is a large maritime medical platform designed and built in China. She was commissioned in December 2008 with pennant number 866. The ship boasts a length of 178 meters, a beam of 24 meters and an air draught of 35.5 meters.
She is in possession of 8 levels and a full displacement of 14,300 tons. The 4,000㎡ hospital ship is separated into five main areas respectively for casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation.
Over the past 10 years since she was commissioned, Ark Peace has sailed altogether 215,000 nautical miles, visited 38 countries and provided medical services for more than 200,000 people, therefore, she has opened a window for the world to learn about China and is commended as a vivid name card of China in the new era.