September 23, 2019 – Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (sometimes translated as Qi Zhiguang), carrying 517 sailors and cadets, left a military port in Dalian for ocean-going training at 10 a.m. on September 20.
Qi Jiguang ship will visit a number of Asia-Pacific countries including Brunei, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. This is the second ocean-going training mission of the ship since it was commissioned.
Rear Admiral Yu Wenbing, political commissar of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, serves as the commanding officer of the mission, which includes cadets assigned to the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, the PLA Naval University of Engineering, the Naval Submarine Academy, the Navy Aviation University, the Navy Medical University, the Naval Service Academy and the Naval School for Non-commissioned officers of the PLA Navy.
During the two-month sailing, the ship will sail through the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, the Java Sea, the Banda Sea, the Timor Sea and the Arafura Sea. It will sail cross important channels and waterways including the Taiwan Strait, the Karimata Strait, the Torres Strait, the Cook Strait and the Osumi Strait.
Cadets will carry out teaching and training courses covering 27 different subjects such as terrestrial navigation, celestial navigation and marine hydro-meteorology. During the port calls in foreign countries, they will visit foreign warships, academies and training facilities, enhancing friendship through the launch of the Vessel Open Day, deck reception and various cultural and sports activities.
Qi Jiguang is a naval training ship attached to a training ship detachment of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy. Since its commission, it has participated in many multinational naval activities ranging from the 70th anniversary ceremony of the founding of China’s PLA Navy, the naval parade in the South China Sea, the visit to the four countries of Europe and Asia, to the maritime activities of the 4th National Students Military Training Camp.