S&S — China offered the media a glimpse Friday of the five ships sent to the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii — but just a peek.
A small group of reporters was welcomed aboard the 150-meter-long guided-missile destroyer Xian, which is flagship of the flotilla sent by the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It’s been in service for roughly a year.
Reporters were ushered into the ship’s dining area, where officers representing the five ships were seated to answer a few questions.
China also sent the hospital ship Peace Ark; the replenishment ship Gaoyouhu; a submarine rescue ship named Changdao; and two surface warships, the guided-missile frigate Hengshui and the Xian.
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