Portsmouth welcomes Chinese warships for week-long visit

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THREE Chinese ships were welcomed into Portsmouth to see relationships strengthen between China and the UK.

The warships arrived on Sunday and will spend a week at Portsmouth Naval Base while the Chinese ambassador and other navy officials see the city and meet with Royal Navy personnel.

The honour guard stands to attention aboard the Chinese Naval assault ship Chang Bai Shan at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base today. The ship is involved in the first visit by the Chinese Navy to the UK since 2007 and the largest ever. She is accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. The ships arrived in Portsmouth 24 hours early due to the expected bad weather. The Royal Navy statement stated that the five day formal visit is aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China. Picture date Monday 12th January, 2015.'Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177 chris@christopherison.com CIP-0038

The honour guard stands to attention aboard the Chinese Naval assault ship Chang Bai Shan at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base today. The ship is involved in the first visit by the Chinese Navy to the UK since 2007 and the largest ever. She is accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. The ships arrived in Portsmouth 24 hours early due to the expected bad weather. The Royal Navy statement stated that the five day formal visit is aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China. Picture date Monday 12th January, 2015.'Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177 chris@christopherison.com CIP-0038

Yesterday, hundreds of UK-based Chinese nationals went to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see the ships and have a tour onboard assault ship Chang Bai Shan.

They were also greeted by Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Rear-Admiral Zhang Chuanshu.

It is the first time since 2007 that Chinese warships have visited the UK.

Mr Xiaoming said: ‘I have looked forward to this visit which will strengthen the relationship between China and the UK.

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

‘It gives us the chance to compare notes, exchange information and share experiences.

‘Many things have changed since our last visit both in terms of war strategy and in terms of the warships in the Chinese navy. The visit was just a year before we started our anti-piracy missions of the coasts of Somalia. So this visit will allow us to share information and have a mutual strategic understanding.’

During their visit in Portsmouth, Chinese officials will meet the deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, visit the Royal Navy warships and museums and crew members will see HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.

Rear-Admiral Chuanshu will also meet with Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant about anti-piracy.

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

Commodore Jeremy Rigby, commander of Portsmouth Naval Base, said the visit was important for the Royal Navy.

‘It is an opportunity for the Royal Navy and the Chinese to compare their notes on operations and to keep the door open for formal discussions at diplomatic and military levels,’ he said.

‘This visit is really important in the same way we send our warships to ports visits around the world to build confidence between key personnel and to be able to talk about difficult issues in an open and honest way.’

The three warships, Chang Bai Shan, frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu, will head for Kiel in Germany after their visit.

Officers stand to attention aboard the Chinese Naval assault ship Chang Bai Shan at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base today. The ship is involved in the first visit by the Chinese Navy to the UK since 2007 and the largest ever. She is accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. The ships arrived in Portsmouth 24 hours early due to the expected bad weather. The Royal Navy statement stated that the five day formal visit is aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China. Picture date Monday 12th January, 2015.'Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177 chris@christopherison.com CIP-0038

Officers stand to attention aboard the Chinese Naval assault ship Chang Bai Shan at Portsmouth Royal Navy Base today. The ship is involved in the first visit by the Chinese Navy to the UK since 2007 and the largest ever. She is accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu. The ships arrived in Portsmouth 24 hours early due to the expected bad weather. The Royal Navy statement stated that the five day formal visit is aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China. Picture date Monday 12th January, 2015.'Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177 chris@christopherison.com CIP-0038