Chinese Navy Task Group Conducts Port Call in Simonís Town

Article by AB Shanton Prins NBS Public Relations

The 28th Escort Task Group of the Peopleís Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), from the People's Republic of China arrived at Naval Base Simonís Town (NBS SMST) on Wednesday 27 June 2018. The task group has just completed a six month anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.


It was a Heroesí welcome for the PLAN as friends and family and the local Chinese community in Cape Town arrived at Naval Base Simonís Town to welcome the ships at Oscar Berth.

PLAN Integrated Supply Vessel, PLAN 889 TAIHU arriving in NBS Simonís Town

PLAN Frigate, PLAN 550 WEIFANG, with two SA Navy tug boats arriving in NBS Simonís Town

The Chinese Community welcomed the PLAN by honouring them with the Traditional Chinese Lion Dance. The Lion dance is a traditional way in which the Chinese culture to celebrate a special occasion.

PLAN Frigate, PLAN 546 PLAN YANCHENG arriving at NBS Simonís Town.

The Traditional Chinese Lions Dance was performed by Huaxing Arts Group Cape Town


The Chinese community in Cape Town waiting alongside for the arrival of the three PLAN Vessels.

DFFP Rear Admiral (JG) S.F. Petersen welcomed the Commander of the Task Group (CTG) Senior Captain Wu Dongzhu

The PLAN Task Force is led by Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Captain Wu Dongzhu. The Task Group comprises of two frigates, namely 546 PLAN YANCHENG, 550 PLAN WEIFANG and an integrated supply vessel, 889 PLAN TAIHU.

DFFP Rear Admiral S.F. Petersen welcoming PLAN in NBS Simonís Town

FLTR. CTG of the PLAN Senior Captain Wu Dongzhu with DFFP Rear Admiral S.F. Petersen from the SAN


DFFP onboard the PLAN Frigate, PLAN YANCHENG

Rear Admiral (JG) S.F. Petersen and Senior Captain Wu Dongzhu exchanged gifts as token of appreciation

The purpose of the visit is to maintain diplomatic international relations and enhance contact between the PLAN, the South African Community and Chinese Community residing in South Africa.

Director Fleet Force Preparation Rear Admiral (JG) S.F. Petersen, represented the Chief of the SA Navy and Flag Officer Fleet in welcoming the Task Group to Naval Base Simonís Town.

The PLAN delegation with DFFP, Rear Admiral (JG) S.F. Petersen at Fleet Command Headquarters

Senior Captain Wu Dongzhu handed over a gift to Judge L.Van Rhodies at the Simonís Town Magistrate

Official courtesy calls were conducted with the local authorities shortly after arrival.

Group Photo with the Magistrates of Simonís Town