PLA makes debut at RIMPAC 2014 with 4 warships

The People’s Liberation Army Navy will send four warships to Hawaii to participate for the first time in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, also known as RIMPAC, held by the United States Navy every two years, according to the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao on Jun. 5.

The official website of the US Pacific Fleet reported the four Chinese ships deployed for RIMPAC 2014 are the Haikou, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer; the Yueyang, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate; the Qiandaohu, a Type 903 replenishment ship and the Peace Ark, a Type 920 hospital ship. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series to take place since 1971. It is also the first time PLA Navy warships will have taken part in the exercises with the US and its allies in the region.

During the exercises, the Chinese navy will coordinate with others to fight a common hostile force in a region surrounded by four islands. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will also deploy the JDS Kirishima, a guided-missile destroyer; the JDS Ise, a helicopter destroyer, and three P-3C anti-submarine aircraft for the exercise.

Full article: PLA makes debut at RIMPAC 2014 with 4 warships (Want China Times)

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