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Chinese navy vessels call in Buenos Aires for the first time part of a South American tour

Thursday, October 31st 2013 - 19:30 UTC
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Destroyer Lanzhou is the lead vessel of the Chinese navy also visiting Chile and Brazil  Destroyer Lanzhou is the lead vessel of the Chinese navy also visiting Chile and Brazil
Destroyer Lanzhou during her visit in Bs. Aires (Pic ag. UNO) Destroyer Lanzhou during her visit in Bs. Aires (Pic ag. UNO)

Vessels from China's Popular Liberation Navy docked for the first time in Buenos Aires in the framework of a South American tour that includes Chile and Brazil. The lead ship is destroyer Lanzhou with missile capability, the frigate Liuzhou and the support vessel Boyanghou, all active with the China's South Sea Fleet.

The protocol visit includes a meeting of Rear Admiral Li Xiaoyan with Argentine Defense minister Agustin Rossi, accompanied by Beijing's ambassador in Argentina, Yin Hengmin.

The three vessels left last month from the port of Sanya in Hanin province and according to Xinhua news agency the purpose of the visit is “to increase mutual knowledge, promote friendship and closer cooperation”.

The Chinese embassy in Buenos Aires reported that the vessels have sailed 28.000 sea miles, crossed the Pacific Ocean, and over to the South Atlantic through the Magellan Strait.

“The 6.400 tons destroyer Lanzhou has participated in several exercises and escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. The Liuzhou frigate displaces 4.000 tons”.

The three vessels will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

Lanzhou belongs to the Type 052C destroyer or Lanzhou class and is a class of destroyer built at the Jiangnang Shipyard. It features a four array multi-function phased array radar for 360-degree coverage. The radar is used in conjunction with vertically launched HHQ-9 long-range air defense missiles. The Type 052C was the first warship in the People's Liberation Army navy to have true long-range fleet air defense capability.

 

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  • Briton

    So now china is militarising the south Atlantic,.

    Oct 31st, 2013 - 07:49 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    And then Argentina took the Chin to see their ships to show them what can happen when the military is run by a bunch of idiots.

    I bet they had a real laugh at that.

    Fortunately the “two yuan whore” was comforting the blood clot that is shortly to take over from her and was unavailable for a meeting.

    Oct 31st, 2013 - 07:59 pm 0
  • Briton

    Letting a wolf into the hen house,
    Could be CFK biggest mistake
    Or
    Our worst nightmare…

    depending on ones point of view..

    Oct 31st, 2013 - 08:06 pm 0
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