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SYDNEY and Darwin recently
welcomed two special visitors
from the People's Republic of
Two ships from the People's
Liberation Army--Navy (PLA-N), train-
ing ship Zhenghe and frigate Mianyang,
were alongside at Fleet Base East in
Sydney between September 20 -- 24, and
then in Darwin from October 3 -- 7.
Their arrival followed a recent visit
to Australia by senior members of the
People's Liberation Army (PLA), during
which Australia and China agreed to a
range of practical cooperation meas-
ures aimed at deepening nation to nation
According to Commander Australian
Fleet, RADM Stephen Gilmore -- who
welcomed the Chinese ships and crew
to Sydney -- Australia is committed to
developing strong and positive defence
relations with China that help contribute
to regional security and stability.
"This visit builds upon previous
navy-to-navy engagements with the
PLA-N and is a sign of the growing
maturity in our Defence relationship
with China," RADM Gilmore said.
During their stay in Sydney, the
Chinese crew members visited RAN
ships and establishments, as well as
holding a number of community events,
as well as visiting a local primary
Australia and China st
By Michael Brooke
TWO RAN midshipmen had the
honour of being the first Western
naval officers to sea-ride with the
The two Chinese warships
they sailed with berthed at HMAS
Kuttabul on September 20 after a six-
day training voyage.
The two young midshipmen,
both second-year ADFA students,
experienced life as midshipmen in
the People's Liberation Army--Navy
(PLA-N), when the Chinese missile
frigate, Mianyang, and the train-
ing vessel, Zhenghe, sailed from
Auckland to Sydney.
MIDNs Angus McDonald and
James Hill found themselves at
the forefront of efforts to deepen
the nation-to-nation defence ties
between Australia and China.
Both ADFA students also found
themselves on the receiving end of
generous Chinese hospitality as well
as authentic Chinese cuisine.
MIDN McDonald told Navy News
that discovering the way that the
PLA-N operates at sea was a real
In a strong show of mutual goodwill, the Chinese and
Australian navies recently conducted reciprocal visits
to each others' ports. NN brings you the highlights.
FLAGS HIGH: (Above) The
Australian flag and the Chinese flag
flying over the South Sea Fleet Navy
Base in Zhanjiang, China.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
COLOURFUL WELCOME: (Above
left) The Yau Kung Mun Dancers
greet the People's Liberation Army--
Navy training ship Zhenghe as it
arrives at Fleet Base East, Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
PORT JACKSON: (Left) Chinese training ship Zhenghe arrivals in Sydney
Harbour ahead of a five-day goodwill visit.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
PARALLEL PARKING ONLY: (Below) Chinese frigate Mianyang reverses
into the Garden Island wharf at Wooloomooloo Bay.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
NAVAL HISTORY: (Above) MIDNs David Jenkins and Abbie Martin join PLA-N
(Below) RAN College trainees and staff with the PLA-N visitors.
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