Hospital ship Peace Ark successfully completes overseas mission

16:59, November 15, 2010      

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The Chinese navy's hospital ship Peace Ark concluded its visit to Chittagong, a city in southeastern Bangladesh, on Nov. 15, marking the end of friendly visits to five Asian and African countries and the successful completion of the navy's "Mission Harmony 2010."

"The Peace Ark's mission to five Asian and African countries achieved tremendous results. It was a voyage of harmony and friendship and practiced the concept of a 'harmonious world' and 'harmonious ocean' initiated by the Chinese government. It also deepened the traditional friendship between China and the five countries, expanded the cooperation between the respective armed forces and promoted the 'maintaining peace and caring about lives' image of the Chinese military," said Rear Admiral Bao Yuping, commanding officer of "Mission Harmony-2010."

"Mission Harmony-2010" was a ground-breaking mission for the Chinese navy in terms of overseas medical missions. The Peace Ark set sail from Zhoushan in Zhejiang Province on Aug. 31 to provide medical services for the Chinese navy's fleet that are currently conducting escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. It also visited Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Bangladesh and provided medical services for local residents.

According to statistics, the Peace Ark offered physical examinations to a total of 1,417 people and received a total of 12,353 outpatients. It also received 57 inpatients and successfully completed 95 operations.

The Peace Ark is China's new-generation maritime medical aid platform and is also China's only specially designed large-scale professional hospital ship with a 10,000-ton carrying capacity. It means that the capacity of the Chinese navy's maritime medical aid has entered a new era. The hospital ship possesses 300 sick beds and eight operating rooms, and the medical equipment is equivalent to the level of a grade-three class-A hospital.

By People's Daily Online


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