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President Hu heads to sea off Qingdao for fleet parade, review

Source: Xinhua | 04-23-2009 13:58

Special Report:   Chinese navy 60th anniversary

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao left Qingdao aboard a People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy destroyer Thursday noon for an international fleet review.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile destroyer Shijiazhuang sets out for the sea to take part in the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's missile 
destroyer Shijiazhuang sets out for the sea to take part in 
the PLA naval fleet parade marking the 60th anniversary of 
the founding of the PLA Navy, in Qingdao, east China's 
Shandong Province, on April 23, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

President Hu, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, was accompanied by PLA Navy Commander Admiral Wu Shengli and others.

The PLA fleet parade schedule later in the afternoon would display 25 naval vessels and 31 aircraft of the PLA Navy, including at least one of the country's nuclear submarines, as part of a celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy.

An international fleet review involving 21 foreign vessels from 14 countries will be held after the PLA naval parade.


Editor:Liu Anqi