Chinese Navy Training Vessel Arrives at French Polynesia

A Chinese Navy training vessel Zhenghe arrived on Thursday at the capital city of French Polynesia for a four-day good-will visit.

The visit to the French overseas territories in the southeastern Pacific Ocean is part of Zhenghe’s five-month global voyage, the second of such sails organized by the Chinese Navy in a decade.

Zhenghe, named after a famed Chinese maritime explorer about 600 years ago, has a scheduled route of more than 30,000 nautical miles (58,000 km) and is expected to pay port calls to 11 countries and working visits to three countries during its global voyage.

Before its arrival at Papeete, Zhenghe has already made a number of stops at Italy, Spain, Canada, Jamaica, Ecuador, and others.

Naval Today Staff, August 6, 2012