China PLA Navy vessel visits Pearl Harbor

China People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLAN) midshipmen training vessel Zheng He (Type 679, Hull 81) recently made a visit to United States Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Chinese navy vessel arrived at Pearl Harbor October 12 and stayed until October 16.

US guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) hosted Zheng He as part of the planned series of military-to-military exchanges between China and US.

“It’s a great opportunity for a mil-to-mil exchange, to develop trust, build confidence in each other’s abilities, a great opportunity for the midshipmen to experience Hawaii and to interact with the host ship Sailors,” Middle Pacific Naval Surface Group chief-of-staff Captain Eric Weilenman said.

The Chinese vessel was docked at Pier B26, one of the top-notch ship berthing locations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The prime mooring location near US Navy ships gave way for Chinese crew to easily interact with American counterparts.