Syazwani Hj Rosli
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy training ship, Qi Jiguang (Hull 83), arrived at the Muara Commercial Port yesterday for a four-day goodwill visit.
On hand to welcome the ship’s arrival, with 517 sailors and cadets on board, were Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and spouse along with Fleet Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Captain Norshahrinizam bin Haji Talib.
Leading the PLA navy delegation is Political Commissar of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy Rear Admiral Yu Wenbing, who is serving as the commanding officer of the mission which includes cadets assigned to the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, the PLA Naval University of Engineering, the Naval Submarine Academy, the Navy Aviation University, the Navy Medical University, the Naval Service Academy and the Naval School for Non-commissioned officers of PLA Navy.
Their visit programme in Brunei includes voluntary work and activities such as a clean-up of the Muara Beach. A board reception was also held on the ship at the Muara Commercial Port yesterday. Qi Jiguang will visit several Asia-Pacific countries including Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji. This is its second ocean-going training mission since it was commissioned.
During its two-month journey, Qi Jiguang will sail through the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, the Java Sea, the Timor Sea and the Arafura Sea. It will also cross important channels and waterways including the Taiwan Strait, the Karimata Strait, the Torres Strait, the Cook Strait and the Osumi Strait.
Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) is a naval training ship attached to the training ship detachment of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy. Since its commission, it has participated in many multinational naval activities ranging from the 70th anniversary ceremony of the founding of China’s PLA Navy, the naval parade in South China Sea, the visit to four countries in Europe and Asia, and the maritime activities of the 4th National Students Military Training Camp.
Members of the public are welcome to visit the ship from 9am to 11am and from 3pm to 5pm tomorrow.
Qi Jiguang will depart from Brunei on Monday.