Chinese Task Group visits Cape Town

Three Chinese naval vessels arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Chinese Navy Escort Task Group visits Cape Town

Three vessels comprising the 16th Escort Task Group of the Chinese Navy arrived in the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a visit to eight African countries.

The 16th Escort Task Group (ETG) consists of the modern Type 054A missile frigate FFG-546 Yancheng, the Type 053H3 missile frigate FFG-527 Luoyang and the new Type 903 replenishment ship AOE-889 Taihu.

The Escort Task Group is visiting South Africa at the invitation of the South African Navy (SAN). With the SAN Band playing at the Chinese welcome ceremony complete with two dancing Chinese Dragons, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Mr HE Tian Xuejun and Rear-Admiral ‘Rusty’ Higgs, Chief of Naval Staff (SAN) welcomed the Commanding Officer of the Escort Task Group, Senior Captain Li Pengcheng (Deputy Chief of Staff of the North Sea Fleet of PLA Navy).

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