Chinese warships arrive at U.S. naval base for visit
                 English.news.cn | 2014-08-11 18:32:00 | Editor: Fu Peng

US-SAN DIEGO-CHINA-NAVY-VISIT

Chinese navy's Task Group 171, which include missile destroyer Haikou, missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu, with a ship-borne helicopter and more than 700 soldiers and officers, anchors at Naval Base San Diego the United States, Aug. 10, 2014. The Chinese flotilla arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Sunday for a five-day visit after its debut in the world's largest maritime military drill. (Xinhua/Yu Lin)

SAN DIEGO, United States, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese flotilla arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Sunday for a five-day visit after its debut in the world's largest maritime military drill.

The Task Group 171, which include missile destroyer Haikou, missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu, with a ship-borne helicopter and more than 700 soldiers and officers, participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise off Hawaii.

"Military to military engagements, like RIMPAC and this port visit are very important to the relationship between our navies. They help us build trust and enhance transparency," Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, commander of U.S. Navy Region Southwest said at a welcome ceremony featuring Chinese cultural performances.

Commander of the Chinese fleet, Rear Adm. Shen Jinlong, said, "China's participation in the RIMPAC with four naval ships represents an important measure to push forward the new type navy-to-navy relations characterized by harmony, progress and pragmatic cooperation and it will have a very positive effect on advancing the relationships between our navies."

"The Chinese and U.S. navies will conduct extensive and in-depth exchanges during the visit," he told Xinhua.

Visitors were invited to tour the three Chinese warships as Chinese lion dancers and drummers performed on the pier during the ceremony.

"The Chinese Navy has shown the openness and confidence and I am so impressed with the destroyer Haikou," Tom Chen, a visitor, said.

RIMPAC, started in 1971, is the world's largest multinational maritime military drill. A total of 22 nations participated in this year's naval drill from June 26 to Aug. 1.

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