SANYA --- Three new-type Chinese naval battleships left a military port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, for a far-sea training exercise on Feb. 10, 2017.
The far-sea training taskforce including the guided-missile destroyers Changsha (Hull 173) and Haikou (Hull 171), and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964) will begin their training with a joint exercise with the aviation force and other troops in the waters of the South China Sea.
Three ship-borne helicopters and dozens of marines are on board. The taskforce will conduct exercises on the joint air defense, escort, anti-terrorism and anti-piracy, and maritime defense operations in the South China Sea, the eastern Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific Ocean.
The confrontation drills during the exercises will involve aviation forces of the South Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army(PLA) Navy, garrison troops in the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands, and some troops from the East China Sea Fleet and the North China Sea Fleet.
This far-sea training is a routine arrangement in accordance with the PLA Navy’s annual plan and is in line with international laws and conventions, according to Yu Manjiang, commanding officer of the taskforce and deputy commander of the South China Sea Fleet.