A hydrographic survey ship of the Chinese Navy arrived at the Colombo port on Wednesday on a four-day goodwill visit, the Navy said.
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Qian Weichang was welcomed by the Sri Lanka navy accordance with naval traditions.
The 129m long and 17m wide vessel which has a displacement of 4,900 tons is manned by 158 officers and sailors.
Upon the arrival of the ship, senior captain Dong Yan and Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Zhang Juyong met the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held a cordial discussion on matters of mutual interest.
Navy said that during the visit, the ship’s crew is expected to visit some of the places of tourist attraction in the island and take part in several events organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.
Mementoes were also exchanged to mark this occasion. Senior Colonel Xu Jiawei, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, was also present at the event.
The Chinese ship is scheduled to set sail from the Colombo harbour on August 11.(Darshana Sanjeewa)