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UPDATED: 17:16, March 13, 2007
Chinese navy performs very well in multinational drill
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The second, at-sea phase of AMAN-07, or Peace-07, the multinational maritime military drill hosted by Pakistan, was held between March 8 and 11. Twelve warships from Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Britain, the US, France and Italy formed a single file on the Indian Ocean, ready for a series of drills. China's "Sanming" and "Lianyungang" frigates lined up in third and fourth place. On the morning of March 8, under the command of US warship "Hawes", three Pakistani speedboats moved to "attack" the fleet.

When the main guns were used for a short-distance shooting exercise in the afternoon, the two Chinese vessels hit the two buoy targets, calling an early and successful end to the exercise.

According to Senior Captain Qiu Yanpeng who is in charge of the Chinese ships, the fleet participated in drills such as shooting live rounds from the main guns, intercepting fast-moving targets, defending air targets and reviewing troops at sea. The first of these drills was one of the most important as well as the first time that the Chinese navy had used live ammunition in an overseas military drill.

The Chinese troops were able to hit their targets because they prepared carefully, underwent strict training and were well organized.

The Chinese navy was acclaimed for their excellent performance by Pakistani navy observer Faisal, who watched the drill and praised the Chinese troops for being well equipped and trained.

Fleet directed in English
According to the agenda, the exercise included nearly 20 subjects, each commanded by warships from an appointed country. Chinese troops practiced shooting the main guns and were involved in joint rescues, attacking and defending small targets at sea, troop reviews and more. The Chinese navy was in charge of the search-and-rescue operation held in the afternoon of March 9.

At 3:15 pm, the missile frigate "Lianyungang" took command of the multinational fleet. Commander Qiu Yanpeng first ordered that the formation shift from single file to rows. Two ships in the fleet deposited two "drowning persons" in the sea and reported their approximate locations to "Lianyungang". After sailing in formation for a period, "Lianyungang" instructed the warships to turn around and search for the "victims". At 4:49 pm, the Bangladeshi vessel spotted one "drowning person" and reported his location to "Lianyungang", which then instructed it to immediately launch a rescue. At 5pm, the first "drowning person" was saved. The Pakistani vessel located the other target at 4:55pm, and after receiving their orders, pulled him from the water at 5:01pm. After completing the task and commanding the multinational fleet for nearly three hours, "Lianyungang" returned the right of command to the Pakistani vessel.

This is the first time that a Chinese naval vessel has directed a multinational exercise in English, said Faisal, and the rescue operation went smoothly despite some language problems. Luo Xianlin, chief-of-staff of the two-vessel Chinese flotilla, said that search and rescue operations at sea are one of the basic responsibilities of the navy, and that the aim of this operation was to test the interoperability of the different navies. Although the Chinese navy has conducted many bilateral rescue drills before, this exercise was made harder by the fact that 8 countries and 12 different warships were involved. To ensure their command was successful, the Chinese navy planned very carefully, which guaranteed the smooth operation of the rescue drill.

The Chinese navy performed very well in its first multinational maritime drill and commanded the multinational fleet in English very successfully.

By People's Daily Online

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