PLA Navy visits SA

Navies enjoy closer ties.

South African and Chinese navies increase collaboration

Written by Dean Wingrin

The increasing cooperation between the South African Navy (SA Navy) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was demonstrated this past Monday when the 22nd Escort Task Group 576 arrived at Naval Base Simons Town.

Coinciding with the four day port call by the Escort Task Group is the visit by the Commander of the PLAN, Admiral Wu Shengli, to Simon’s Town on an invitation from the SA Navy.

Speaking at the arrival of the Escort Task Group, Rear Admiral Bubele Mhlana (Flag Officer Fleet, SA Navy) noted that the SA Navy had been looking forward to the opportunity for interaction with the Chinese Navy. “It is the Chief of the South African Navy’s wish that our navies (further our) interaction at sea,” he said.

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Source: defenceweb.co.za

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