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October 14, 2010
FOLLOWING Exercise Kakadu,
HMAS Warramunga (CMDR Bruce
Legge) completed the first success-
ful live-fire exercise of its kind with
China's People's Liberation Army--
Navy (PLA-N) off the coast of China
In addition, Warramunga conducted
reciprocal visits to the Chinese ports of
Qingdao from September 18 -- 22 and
Zhanjiang from September 26 -- 30.
CMDR Legge said the live-fire shoot
at set targets provided Warramunga's
crew with the opportunity to hone their
skills with a regional partner.
"While we are used to operating with
other nations from our region, this is the
first time we have undertaken such a
complex exercise with the Chinese and
we are looking forward to building on
this experience," CMDR Legge said.
He said that the evolutions conducted
during the exercise included joint hel-
icopter operations, search and rescue
drills, and personnel exchanges.
"This is diplomacy at its best. There
is nothing more effective than working
closely together in a military exercise to
build trust and friendship between navies
CN VADM Russ Crane said it was
one of the most complex exercises the
RAN had ever held with the PLA-N.
"The RAN welcomes the constructive
contributions that the PLA-N has made
to regional security to date," VADM
"Australia is committed to develop-
ing strong and positive defence rela-
tions with China that help contribute to
THE trainees of the Royal Australian
Naval College, HMAS Creswell
(CAPT Jaimie Hatcher), hosted a
visit from their Chinese counter-
parts over September 21 -- 22.
The visiting group consisted pre-
dominantly of students from several
training academies of the PLA-N.
The Chinese students are currently
undertaking a sea training deploy-
ment on training ship Zhenghe and
frigate Mianyang. Several members
of the Chinese ships' permanent
crews also made the trip to Creswell
with the academy students.
CAPT Hatcher said the visit was
a great success for both the RAN
College and the PLA-N.
"It was an excellent opportuni-
ty for the RAN College trainees to
experience a hosting role, and give
them an insight into the importance
of building relationships with foreign
Navies from the grass roots," CAPT
Two current RAN College train-
ees, SBLT Zhengtao Peng and LEUT
Christina Rogerson, who are fluent
in Mandarin, translated as CAPT
Hatcher welcomed the group to
Creswell and the RAN College.
The visitors were given a tour of
the RAN College and establishment.
A highlight for the visitors was the
abundance of kangaroos, who read-
ily posed for the cameras. The visit
culminated in a traditional Australian
barbecue at the Warrant Officers' and
Senior Sailors' Mess.
LEUT Rogerson said the train-
ees from both Australia and China
enjoyed the experience immensely.
"The Chinese students enjoyed
practicing their English, while also
teaching the RAN trainees some
Chinese words," LEUT Rogerson
rengthen regional ties
ZAI JIAN: Chinese Navy personnel say 'good bye', farewelling HMAS Warramunga from Qingdao Port, China.
(Inset) AB Kyle Walker pipes the carry on as PLA-N officers observe daily sunset routine on Warramunga, while
alongside Qingdao Port.
Photos: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
MANOEUVRES: (Above) HMAS Warramunga conducts Officer of the Watch
manoeuvres with PLA-N ship Louyang off the coast of China. (Top) the view
of Qingdao Port and PLA-N ship Shijiazhuang from Warramunga's bow.
Warramunga goes off with a bang
en's historic sea ride
TICKETS TO RIDE:
MIDNs Angus McDonald
(Left) and James Hill
in front of training ship
Zhenghe, after complet-
ing a sea ride on board.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
N students in the RAN College Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell.
es young officers
eye-opener as well as a fantastic
"They took us in with open arms,"
MIDN McDonald said.
"They work extremely hard during
the day -- lots of classes with very
little down time, which speaks vol-
umes of their professionalism."
MIDN Hill said during the training
voyage they experienced the PLA-N
midshipman training regime.
"The whole experience was
enlightening and I enjoyed being
part of activities designed to boost
the relationship between the navies
of Australia and China," he said.
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