China gives rare glimpse of navy ships
Marco Garcia / Associated Press
With an American and Chinese flag flying in the background, a canon is seen aboard the Chinese People’s Liberation Army ship Haikou on Saturday at Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Chinese ships will be participating in the Rim of the Pacific multinational naval exercises taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
Vertical launch hatches are seen aboard the Chinese People’s Liberation Army ship Haikou on Saturday.
A nurse gives a tour of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army hospital ship.
A red cross marks the deck aboard the Chinese People’s Liberation Army hospital ship Peace Ark on Saturday in Hawaii.
China is participating for the first time in the exercises, despite tensions with the United States and other countries — including territorial disputes with U.S. allies like Japan and the Philippines.
Chinese naval nurse He Yun showed reporters around the hospital ship Ark Peace, with a trauma center, dental office and facility where acupuncture and other treatments can be performed. Examination rooms were spread over several floors.
The destroyer Haikou featured multiple hatches on its deck, a large cannon and a helicopter. Inside, where no photographs were allowed, glossy pictures of sailors’ family and children lined the walls.
About a dozen other countries, including Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Colombia also offered ship tours as part of the 22-nation drills.
A Japanese naval official on Saturday gave a Chinese counterpart a private tour of its Japan Maritime Self Defense ship, the JS Ise. The Ise was docked at Pearl Harbor directly across the water from the USS Arizona Memorial, the ship that still rests at the bottom of a lagoon after the 1941 attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor.
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