Chinese naval ships pay first visit to Sweden

Stockholm, Sep 30 (IANS) Three Chinese naval vessels arrived here on Wednesday on a five-day visit to Sweden.

This is the first time that a Chinese naval fleet has come to the Nordic country, Xinhua news agency reported.

The fleet, comprising the missile destroyer Jinan, the missile frigate Yiyang and the replenishment ship Qiandaohu, had concluded a mission escorting merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the coastal area of Somalia under a United Nations mandate.

The fleet is on a round-the-globe voyage. This is its fifth stop after Finland.

During the trip, the Chinese naval servicemen and their Swedish counterparts will visit each other’s warships. The Chinese vessels will also be open for public visits.

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