Chinese Warships Arrive in Visakhapatnam, India
Two ships of the PLA Navy, Zhenghe and Weifang, with Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu, Commander PLAN Training Ship Task Group, and Rear Admiral Li Jianjun, Assistant Chief of Staff and Political Commissar of PLA Dalian Naval Academy embarked, arrived Visakhapatnam on 17 May 14, on a four-day maiden visit to the Eastern Naval Command.
The visit will encompass interaction between personnel of both the Navies in various professional, cultural, social and sports events. Apart from engaging in friendly basketball and football matches with the Eastern Fleet teams, the PLA Navy personnel will also visit places of interest in Visakhapatnam. The Admirals of the PLA Navy are scheduled to call on Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.
Commisioned in 1987, Zhenghe is a Training Ship that has Commander Ye Kaihua at the helm, and the Frigate Weifang is commanded by Captain Zhang Zaige. The ships are on a good will visit to four Asian Nations including Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Press Release, May 20, 2014; Image: Indian Navy