Chinese frigate Xiangtan sails into the Port of Kiel in Germany on June 17. (Xinhua/Wang Qing)
PORT OF KIEL, Germany, June 20 (ChinaMil) –The Chinese naval guided-missile frigate Xiangtan of the escort taskforce arrived at a military port in Kiel, Germany, at 9 a.m. on June 17, local time, to participate in the Kiel Week activities.
The frigate Xiangtan is one of the three warships in the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce which is performing merchant ship escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast.
Senior Captain Wang Hongli, commanding officer of the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce and deputy chief of staff of the PLA Navy's East China Sea Fleet, paid official calls on local military and government officials including the commander of the German Naval Base Command Kiel, governor of Schleswig–Holstein State, and the mayor of Kiel City respectively on the same day.
This is the first time that the Chinese navy has joined world navies in the Kiel Week. According to Wang Hongli, the frigate Xiangtan will participate in the international maritime comprehensive skills competition and host an open day for public visit.
Meanwhile, during the Kiel Week, friendly exchange activities will also be held for participating navies including a seminar for young officers.
Beginning on July 23, 1882, the Kiel Week is now an international sailing event with activities including regattas, summer festivals and warships gatherings. This year's Kiel Week, which kicked off on June 17 and will conclude on 26, has attracted more than 50 naval ships from 12 countries including China, the U.S., the U.K. and Netherlands.