Chinese navy delegation to dock in Sasa wharf Sunday

THE NAVAL Forces Eastern Mindanao aims to deepen maritime security cooperation with its Chinese counterparts upon the port visit of three foreign vessels that will be docking on April 30 at Sasa wharf coming from East China.

Lt. Jetmark Marcos, the acting spokesman of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), told reporters on Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Davao City Police Office (DCPO) that the Chinese delegation will stay for three days in the city starting Sunday until May 2.

“This will be the first time that we will having a navy engagement so this is now a good opportunity that we will be welcoming the foreign navy in the city,” Marcos said. “It will strengthen coordination, collaboration and promote peace and stability in the region it will foster the command staff of Naval diplomacy.”

“Just like other foreign navies, there will be a schedule of events that aims cooperation and coordination with other foreign navies,” he further said.

Marcos also said this will also foster the two countries’ relations with regards to naval diplomacy and broadening partnership.

The navy-to-navy engagement is the first time in Mindanao as most of the foreign delegations that come to the country always dock at the South Harbor in Manila. “Actually this will strengthen coordination, collaboration, and it will promote a sustainable peace and stability in the region and also it will foster the command trust,” he explained.

The three naval ships are composed of a guided-missile destroyer, guided-missile frigates, and replenishment ship of the Chinese Navy.

The Chinese ship will be headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao of East China Sea Fleet of the People Revolution Army Navy. On the second day, Davaeños will have a chance to tour the vessel.

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