China: PLA Navy begins 70th anniversary celebrations

A welcome ceremony, including navy delegations from other countries, was held in Qingdao, on Monday, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. Shen Jinlong, the commander of China's PLA Navy made a speech to welcome delegations from over 60 countries to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of China’s modern navy. Commander... Еще Shen said that «China PLA Navy would like to become an equal partner with closeness and friendship, a cooperative partner helping each other and a development partner with mutual benefits, with the navy from other countries.» The main event, the international fleet review, will take place in Qingdao port on April 23. China will have 32 warships sailing past in a single column in six groups — submarines, destroyers, frigates, landing warships, supporting vessels and the carrier group. Also, during the event, 39 naval aircraft will fly over in ten echelons, including reconnaissance planes, fighters, carrier fighters and helicopters. In addition, 18 warships from 13 other countries will join the fleet review.

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