Monday, May 19, 2014

Chinese Navy Admirals Visit Headquarters Eastern Naval Command





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 visited the Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command today, 19 May 14. The Flag Officers of the PLA Navy called on Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and held discussions on issues of mutual interest. They were accompanied by the Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China to India, Mr. Wei Wei, and the Defence Attache of China to India, Major General Cai Ping. 

The Flag Officers are embarked onboard PLA Navy ships Zhenghe and Weifang that are on a four day visit to Visakhapatnam. During their stay here, the Officers and crew of the Ship visited ships of the Eastern Fleet and the Kursura submarine museum. Ships of the PLA Navy were also open to visits from the Indian Naval personnel and their families. The PLA Navy Band performed alongside the Indian Naval Band at a concert held at Samudrika Naval auditorium today, to an appreciative audience of personnel from both the Navies. Performances by the two Bands were followed, befittingly, by a collective rendering of the World Community song, A Small World After All. In addition, the PLA and Indian Navy teams engaged in friendly matches on the sports field. 

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 today, 17 May, 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, and are scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, 20 May.

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