PLAN port visit

Heading home after naval drill with Russia.

Chinese Navy task force makes brief visit to the Cape

Written by Dean Wingrin

A Chinese naval flotilla on its way home from the North Atlantic called in to Cape Town on Friday 1 September for a brief, three-day visit.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) task force comprises the Type 052D destroyer Hefei (DDG-174), Type 054A frigate Yuncheng (571) and Type 903A replenishment ship Luomahu (964). They conducted live-firing drills involving the ship’s deck guns and small arms in the Mediterranean Sea in mid-July whilst en route to partake in “Joint Sea 2017”exercises with the Russian navy in waters off the Russian cities of St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

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