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Portsmouth played host to three Chinese naval ships to strengthen ties between our two nations. Defence correspondent Sam Bannister reports with pictures from LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston, LA(Phot) Keith Morgan, LA(Phot) Nicky Wilson and LA(Phot) Guy Pool.

They were the first Chinese sailors to visit the city in more than seven years.

Rear-Admiral Zhang Chuansha, the commanding officer of Chinese ship Chang Bai Shan, talks to the press

Rear-Admiral Zhang Chuansha, the commanding officer of Chinese ship Chang Bai Shan, talks to the press

And Portsmouth played an excellent host as three warships from China arrived here for a week-long visit.

Video shows the Chinese naval ships’ arrival in Portsmouth earlier this month

They were treated to a tour of the Royal Navy’s newest warship, HMS Duncan, and all of the historic vessels Portsmouth has on show, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose.

There were dinners and dancing, plus the chance for British sailors to meet their Chinese counterparts and swap tales.

CHINESE NAVAL SHIPS VISIT PORTSMOUTH''Three Chinese Naval ships have arrived in Portsmouth for a formal visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.'Heading the task group is the assault ship Chang Bai Shan, accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. 'The ships' last port of call was Salalah in Oman and on leaving Portsmouth they will head for Kiel in Germany.'During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.'Crew members from all three vessels will be given tours of local attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose and they'll also be shown around the Royal Navy's newest warship - Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan.'The two nations will also compete in badminton and basketball matches at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth ' the Navy's home of physical training.' The ships leave Portsmouth on January 16.''Images by LA(PHOT) Dave Jen

CHINESE NAVAL SHIPS VISIT PORTSMOUTH''Three Chinese Naval ships have arrived in Portsmouth for a formal visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.'Heading the task group is the assault ship Chang Bai Shan, accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. 'The ships' last port of call was Salalah in Oman and on leaving Portsmouth they will head for Kiel in Germany.'During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.'Crew members from all three vessels will be given tours of local attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose and they'll also be shown around the Royal Navy's newest warship - Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan.'The two nations will also compete in badminton and basketball matches at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth ' the Navy's home of physical training.' The ships leave Portsmouth on January 16.''Images by LA(PHOT) Dave Jen

The purpose of the visit was to strengthen military understanding between the UK and China.

Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan before the ships departed last week.

The visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic roles and capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.

Her commanding officer, Commander Rich Atkinson, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome our guests on board.

CHINESE SAILORS TOUR ROYAL'NAVY'S NEWEST WARSHIP''Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy's newest warship.''Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.''The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.''On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.''''Chang Bai Shan arrived in Portsmouth on Sunday with the frigate Yun Cheng and replenishment ship Chaohu. They have just completed counter piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden.''During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.''Crew members from all three vessels will also be given t

CHINESE SAILORS TOUR ROYAL'NAVY'S NEWEST WARSHIP''Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy's newest warship.''Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.''The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.''On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.''''Chang Bai Shan arrived in Portsmouth on Sunday with the frigate Yun Cheng and replenishment ship Chaohu. They have just completed counter piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden.''During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.''Crew members from all three vessels will also be given t

‘Engagement and dialogue between our two militaries is useful given that we share similar global challenges including counter-piracy, preventing conflict, protecting our citizens overseas and supporting UN peacekeeping efforts.’

Chang Bai Shan arrived in Portsmouth last week with the frigate Yun Cheng and replenishment ship Chaohu.

They have just completed counter piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden.

During the five-day visit senior officers from both navies discussed maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.

Departure of Chinese warships from HMNB Portsmouth.''Today (16/01/15) three Chinese warships left Portsmouth Naval Base after a busy week alongside which involved senior officers from both Navies discussing various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean. During the week other events such as sports tournaments, official receptions and ships tours were held. PPP-150116-121009001

Departure of Chinese warships from HMNB Portsmouth.''Today (16/01/15) three Chinese warships left Portsmouth Naval Base after a busy week alongside which involved senior officers from both Navies discussing various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean. During the week other events such as sports tournaments, official receptions and ships tours were held. PPP-150116-121009001

Rear-Admiral Zhang Chuansha, commander of the task group, said: ‘Our visit to the UK is a good opportunity to enhance our understanding of each other.

‘It’s a great opportunity for our sailors to get exposure to local people and our counterparts in the British navy.

‘All sailors share something in common. We share the same sea, the same international obligations such as dealing with piracy.’

The next stop for the Chinese ships is the port of Kiel in Germany. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said: ‘This visit gives a flavour of the partnership between China and the UK.

‘It is also good for the British public to understand the Chinese military and what it is able to do.

‘It has been seven years since our last visit.

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK  before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha.''Pictured:  The Royal Marines Band performing to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK.'''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142407001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha.''Pictured: The Royal Marines Band performing to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK.'''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142407001

‘The world has changed and so has the reach of the Chinese navy.

‘We’ve carried out 48 missions in the Gulf region in that time and helped to protect 6,000 vessels.

‘So we have a lot to talk about – there is a lot for the two navies to share.

‘This visit will go a long way to strengthening our relationship.’

Chinese guests flocked to the city during the week to see the ships arriving and departing.

Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Portsmouth naval base commander, said: ‘The visit was a really good way for us to talk, navy to navy, with like-minded sailors.’

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK  before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''Pictured: Crowds await the arrival of the Chinese Ambassador.''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142332001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''Pictured: Crowds await the arrival of the Chinese Ambassador.''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142332001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK  before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''Pictured:  The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu is hosted by Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy on the jetty.''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142343001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''Pictured: The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu is hosted by Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy on the jetty.''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan PPP-151201-142343001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK  before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan''Pictured: Gavin Sui with daughter Danni (5) from London on the jetty welcoming the PLA Navy Ship's.''Consent Held at FRPU East PPP-151201-142320001

Today 12th January 2014 the three Chinese Warships that arrived into Portsmouth were welcomed. The Chinese Ambassador Mr Xiaoming Liu and Defence Attach� Maj Gen Yao Min greeted the ships and visited the Landing Platform Ship PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan. The Royal Marines Band performed to members of the Chinese community from all around the UK before the ships was open for tours. The senior Naval Officer was Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone ACNS Policy who was greeted on the jetty by PLA Navy Ship Chang Bai Shan's Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Zhang Chuansha. ''LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan''Pictured: Gavin Sui with daughter Danni (5) from London on the jetty welcoming the PLA Navy Ship's.''Consent Held at FRPU East PPP-151201-142320001

CHINESE SAILORS TOUR ROYAL'NAVY'S NEWEST WARSHIP''Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy's newest warship.''Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.''The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.''On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.'''Chang Bai Shan arrived in Portsmouth on Sunday with the frigate Yun Cheng and replenishment ship Chaohu. They have just completed counter piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden.''During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.''Crew members from all three vessels will also be given to

CHINESE SAILORS TOUR ROYAL'NAVY'S NEWEST WARSHIP''Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy's newest warship.''Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.''The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.''On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.'''Chang Bai Shan arrived in Portsmouth on Sunday with the frigate Yun Cheng and replenishment ship Chaohu. They have just completed counter piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden.''During the five-day visit senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.''Crew members from all three vessels will also be given to