31st Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Visits Australia

June 4, 2019 – The 31st Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), the guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964), arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the morning of June 3, local time, for a five-day friendly visit to Australia. At about 10 a.m., local time, three naval vessels from the PLA Navy fleet with China-Australia national flags hanging on top of the main masts sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney under the guidance…

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ASEAN naval ships arrive in China for joint maritime exercise

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – All participating naval ships got concentrated at a military port in Zhanjiang, South China’s Guangdong Province, and were ready for ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise 2018-2018 as the Philippine logistic support vessel (LSV) BRP Dagupan City arrived at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Military band of the Chinese PLA Navy performed music at the port to welcome the arrival of all participating troops from ASEAN countries. The Chinese naval ships were adorned with nautical flags to convey welcome and show courtesy. The Chinese Navy sent the…

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HMAS Melbourne PASSEX with PLAN Xianning

September 29, 2018 – HMAS Melbourne has completed a visit to the Chinese port of Zhanjiang and conducted a combined passage exercise with PLAN Xianning. Part of Navy’s North East Asian Deployment for 2018, the short passage exercise conducted after sailing from port included routine safety of life at sea drills, helicopter search and rescue operations, as well as navigation and ship handling exercises. The afternoon’s exercises culminated with a ceremonial ‘cheer ship’, with the ship’s companies of both Melbourne and Xianning on the upper decks of both ships to…

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