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Country to mark 70th navy anniversary tomorrow


THE country will host a four-day celebration in the port city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, for the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, including a grand naval parade tomorrow.

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will be among the 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes displayed in the parade, PLA Navy Deputy Commander Qiu Yanpeng told a press conference Saturday.

“Some vessels will be making their debut,” Qiu said.

During the parade staged in Qingdao and its nearby sea areas and airspace, the vessels will sail in six groups: submarines, destroyers, frigates, landing ships, auxiliary ships, and aircraft carrier.

The planes will fly in 10 echelons, showcasing aircraft for early warning, reconnaissance, anti-submarine patrol, as well as bombers, fighters, carrier-based fighters and carrier-based helicopters.

Also taking part in the parade are nearly 20 foreign vessels from over 10 countries, including Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and India, showing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.

The foreign vessels range from destroyers and frigates to landing ships.

Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.

The four-day multinational naval events, to start today, will feature various activities including high-level seminars and cultural and sports exchanges.

More than 60 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania will send delegations to join in the celebration, and over 30 of the countries will send major naval leaders.

“Organizing multinational events is an established international practice and a unique way of naval exchanges,” said Qiu, noting China had held such activities for the 60th navy anniversary in 2009 when 29 countries sent their delegations.