December 12, 2016 8:29 am

Chinese naval ship arrives in Fiji

The People’s Liberation Army Naval Training Ship, ‘Zhenghe’ arrived in Fiji yesterday on a goodwill visit. The ship is carrying 349 crew on board including 169 trainees of whom 17 are women. This is part of a long-term training exchange program between Fiji and China and the global goodwill exchange program. Ministry of Defence permanent […]

The People’s Liberation Army Naval Training Ship, ‘Zhenghe’ arrived in Fiji yesterday on a goodwill visit.

Fijian delegation at the welcome reception of the naval ship.
Fijian delegation at the welcome reception of the naval ship.

The ship is carrying 349 crew on board including 169 trainees of whom 17 are women.

This is part of a long-term training exchange program between Fiji and China and the global goodwill exchange program.

Ministry of Defence permanent secretary, Mr Osea Cawaru welcomed the Commander RADM Yan Zhenming who is also the director and head of the Dalian Naval Training School in North China where some of our career Fiji Naval officers were sent for training.

Commander RADM Yan Zhenming of the Naval ship Zhenghe with Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Mr Osea Cawaru.
Commander RADM Yan Zhenming of the Naval ship Zhenghe with Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Mr Osea Cawaru.

PS Cawaru thanked the Chinese Naval Army Training Ship for offering training to the Fiji Naval officers and hoped the friendship would continue in the future.

“We hope to strengthen the two countries bilateral ties further through today’s visit and hope to continue the exchange program for our Fijian naval officers training,” PS Cawaru said.

Commander RADM Yan Zhenming said the ship departed China on October 24th and its first stop was in Jakarta, Indonesia, followed by visits to Sydney and  Auckland, before arriving in Fiji today.

“We have two foreign cadets on board from Jakarta. The ship is 30 years old and has trained 30,000 Chinese cadets. It had visited 30 countries so far and we are looking forward to having Fijian naval officers to be part of the ship,” Commander RADM Yan Zhenming said.

The People's Liberation Army Naval Training Ship Zhenghe at the Suva Kings Wharf today.
The People’s Liberation Army Naval Training Ship Zhenghe at the Suva Kings Wharf today.