EYEAFRICA TV: Cape Town, South Africa: China’s guided-missile frigate Weifang Sunday arrived at the Port of Cape Town, South Africa to take part in the China-Russia-South Africa joint maritime drill.
At 15:30, the Weifang frigate sailed into the Port of Cape Town with all crew members ranking on deck and waving to the crowds. Head of the Chinese group to the joint drill and Assistant Chief of Chinese Naval Staff, Major General Liu Zongcheng, head of the Russian group, head of the South African group, representatives of the Chinese Consulate General to Cape Town and members of the local Chinese community welcomed the Weifang frigate at the port. South African Navy staged a welcoming ceremony for the frigate.
The joint maritime exercise marks the first time for China, Russia and South Africa to jointly hold a maritime exercise at the southern sea of Africa. Besides China’s guided-missile frigate Weifang, Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov and South African frigate Amatola also took part in the joint drill.
The Weifang frigate set sail at a military port in Qingdao City of east China’s Shandong Province on Aug 29 to join China’s 33rd naval escort fleet to fulfill escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia. It’s also the third time for the Weifang frigate to fulfill escort missions.