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Chinese Ships To Visit Auckland

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Two Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships will be visiting Auckland 11 to 15 September 2010.

The training ship ZHENGHE and frigate MIANYANG are visiting to further enhance the friendly relations between China and New Zealand, as well as the two armed forces, to deepen understanding through close contacts, and to promote practical exchanges and cooperation between our two navies and naval colleges.

The ships will berth at 10am on 11 September 2010 at Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland. The Royal New Zealand Navy Band will be at Queens Wharf to welcome the ships to Auckland.

The task force is commanded by PLAN Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Leng Zhenqing. There are 360 crew and 208 cadets from four PLA naval academies, Dalian Naval Command College, the Naval Engineering University, Naval Aviation Engineering College and Bengbu Naval Training School on board the ships. Among them are 20 female cadets.

During the three month long range training voyage the ships have visited Moresby, Port Vila and Nukualofa before Auckland and the next leg is to Sydney.

This is the first time the PLAN has conducted on board training in the South Pacific that has included cadets from four naval academies. The visit also sees for the first time foreign midshipmen, two each from the Royal New Zealand Navy and Royal Australian Navy, invited to board a PLAN ship and train together with their Chinese counterparts.

Both ships will be open to the public on Sunday, 12 September 2010 from 9am to 3pm at Queens Wharf, ports of Auckland.

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