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Chinese, British navies to hold maritime exercises
2004/06/18


Picture taken on June 17, 2004 shows the replenishment ship RFA Grey of the British Royal Navy arriving in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. RFA Grey and guided missile destroyer HMS Exeter arrived here Thursday for a four-day visit to this city and a joint military exercise with North Sea Fleet of People's Liberation Army Navy on June 20, 2004. (Xinhua Photo)

Picture taken on June 17, 2004 shows the guided missile destroyer HMS Exeter of the British Royal Navy arriving in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. HMS Exeter and replenishment ship RFA Grey arrived here Thursday for a four-day visit to this city and a joint military exercise with North Sea Fleet of People's Liberation Army Navy on June 20, 2004. (Xinhua Photo)

Zhang Zhannan (R), commander the North Sea Fleet of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy exchanges gifts with David Snelson, chief of the general staff of the warfare fleet of British Royal Navy, as the fleet of British Royal Navy arrived in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province June 17, 2004. The guided missile destroyer HMS Exeter and replenishment ship RFA Grey of the British Royal Navy arrived here Thursday morning for a four-day visit to this city and a joint military exercise with the North Sea Fleet of PLA Navy on June 20, 2004. (Xinhua Photo)

A female soldier of the British Royal Navy moors the rope after their fleet arriving in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province June 17, 2004. (Xinhua Photo)

 

Chinese military band welcomes the fleet of the British Royal Navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province June 17, 2004. The guided missile destroyer HMS Exeter and replenishment ship RFA Grey of the British Royal Navy arrived here Thursday morning for a four-day visit to this city and a joint military exercise with North Sea Fleet of People's Liberation Army Navy on June 20, 2004. (Xinhua Photo) 

    QINGDAO, June 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The guided missile destroyer HMS Exeter and replenishment ship RFA Grey of the British Royal Navy arrived in Qingdao Thursday morning for a four-day visit to this port city and a joint military exercise with North Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

    China's guided missile destroyer "Harbin" guided the British fleet into Qingdao port, where the North Sea Fleet of PLAN held a welcome ceremony for the British fleet with 301 crew, headed by David Snelson, chief of staff of the war-time fleet of the British Royal Navy.

    Zhao Yongqing, deputy chief of staff of the North Sea Fleet of PLAN said that exchanges of visits by warships is a crucial channel for two countries' friendly exchanges. He expressed his belief that this visit by the British fleet will write a new chapter of friendly exchanges of the two navies.

    Snelson said this is the second visit by Exeter to Qingdao.

    It is significant for the two sides to hold the first joint maritime exercise, which is bound to promote friendly exchanges between the navies between China and Britain, he added.

    During their visit in Qingdao, the British navy officers are expected to meet with Zhang Zhannan, commander of the North Sea Fleet of PLAN and other officials of Qingdao. In addition, the twosides will visit the warships of the other and held football matches.

    The British fleet, which is on an eight-month trip to the Far East, has enjoyed trips to Madras of India, Singapore, Ho Chi MinhCity of Vietnam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Enidtem

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