HMAS Ballarat visit to Zhanjiang

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Danica Thompson (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

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The Australian Consul General Guangzhou, Mr Dominic Trindade, the CO, Commander David Landon, CSM, RAN, and a contingent from HMAS Ballarat are given a tour the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II class frigate Huangshan by the CO, Captain Zhang Huiwu. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
The Australian Consul General Guangzhou, Mr Dominic Trindade, the CO, Commander David Landon, CSM, RAN, and a contingent from HMAS Ballarat are given a tour the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II class frigate Huangshan by the CO, Captain Zhang Huiwu.

A musical welcome greeted HMAS Ballarat as she drew alongside Zhanjiang, China, the home of the People’s Liberation Army – Navy South Sea Fleet for a port visit.

Senior officers, personnel and a band as well as Government officials were on the wharf to welcome Ballarat’s ship’s company.

During the visit personnel enjoyed authentic Chinese food, visited Huguangyan Lake and showed their sporting prowess, defeating the local side in tug-of-war and soccer, but conceded defeat in basketball.

For Able Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew Davidson, a chance to visit the Zhanjiang Special Education School was the highlight.
 
“At the Special Education School we played games with the students and took part in arts and crafts,” he said.
 
“The most enjoyable part, though, was the music that the vision impaired children performed for us; they may have had their sight taken away from them but they could paint an amazing picture with song,” Able Seaman Davidson said.
 
After a few days alongside, Ballarat completed a range of maritime exercises with Chinese Frigate Huangshan. 
 
Commanding Officer Ballarat Commander David Landon said the exercise and port visit were a valuable experience.
 
“During the passage exercise we conducted surface target firing, a search and rescue exercise, communication exercises and a formation activity with aerial photography with the Chinese ship,” he said.
 
“The Chinese Navy and the Royal Australian Navy conduct exercises like this in an effort to enhance mutual understanding, facilitate transparency and build trust,” Commander Landon said.