CHINESE WARSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR FRIENDLY VISIT

The 22nd Chinese naval escort task force has arrived at the South African Navy's Simon's Town base, near here, for a four-day friendly visit.

The visiting task force comprises the supply ship Taihu, guided missile destroyer Qingdao and the frigate Daqing.

A welcoming ceremony was held Monday by the South African Navy at the naval base on cape Peninsula, about 40 kilometres south of Cape Town.

During the visit, the personnel of the Chinese navy ships will conduct friendly exchanges with the South Africa Navy, including mutual visits and open day for public visits. After the port call, the task force will conduct a joint exercise with the South Africa Navy in South Africa's coastal waters.

South Africa is the first leg of the task force's visit after it completed a four-month escort mission for merchant ships in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast.

Authorized by the United Nations, the Chinese navy started despatching warships to the region for escort missions since December 2008.

The visit also marked the fourth of its kind to South Africa by Chinese Navy

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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