Danish, Chinese PLA Navy Train Together
Danish Navy vessel HDMS Absalon and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy guided-missile Liuzhou took part in combined sea training during NATO’s Ocean Shield operation.
The last week’s, Gulf of Aden, sea training was set in motion by the Chinese boarding team fast roping onto Absalon helicopter deck followed by the Danish special boat team launching its Rigid Hull Inflated Boat carrying a platoon of the Danish Navy’s Special Forces.
The team headed for the Chinese frigate where the Chinese Special Forces awaited their arrival. Once the Chinese ship was reached each member of the Danish team climbed onboard by means of a small stepladder stretching from the helicopter deck to sea level.
On the helicopter deck the Danish Special Forces were welcomed by their Chinese counterparts upon which they began combined close quarter combat training in sections of the Chinese ship.
With the Special Forces portion of the training complete both ships took the opportunity to conduct a pair of replenishment-at-sea approaches.
The day finished with CDR Per Moll Petersen, the Commanding Officer of Absalon , being transferred by helicopter to Liuzhou joined by two officers and five enlisted crew members from the Danish vessel.