Type 052D Xi’an Visits Alexandria Before Transiting Suez Canal

August 16, 2019 – Chinese missile destroyer “Xi’an” of the 32nd Chinese naval escort fleet arrived at the port of Alexandria Naval Base of Egypt on Friday for a four-day technical stop.

Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang and other diplomats of the Chinese embassy in Egypt as well as more than 300 representatives attended the welcoming ceremony and boarded the ship for a tour.

 Officials from Chinese missile destroyer “Xi’an” of the 32nd Chinese naval escort fleet are greeted upon their arrival in Alexandria, Egypt, on Aug. 16, 2019. Chinese missile destroyer “Xi’an” of the 32nd Chinese naval escort fleet arrived at the port of Alexandria Naval Base of Egypt on Friday for a four-day technical stop. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)

Representatives of the Egyptian Naval Forces and the Commander of the Alexandria Naval Base Hisham Safwat also attended the ceremony.

Officials and soldiers from Chinese missile destroyer “Xi’an” of the 32nd Chinese naval escort fleet wave as they arrive in Alexandria, Egypt, on Aug. 16, 2019. Chinese missile destroyer “Xi’an” of the 32nd Chinese naval escort fleet arrived at the port of Alexandria Naval Base of Egypt on Friday for a four-day technical stop. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Liberation Army Navy, as well as the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt. The arrival of the Xi’an ship is of special significance which will further enhance the friendship between the two countries, said Liao in a welcoming speech.

and other diplomats of the Chinese embassy in Egypt as well as more than 300 representatives attended the welcoming ceremony and boarded the ship for a tour.

This technical stop will help strengthen the traditional friendship between China and Egypt and consolidate the friendly cooperation between the two navies, said Zhao Weidong, the commander of the fleet.

A series of activities such as joint maritime exercises and football matches between the two navies will also be held during the four-day stop.