Two Chinese warships will arrive at Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday for a four-day goodwill visit.

Two Chinese warships will arrive at Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday 6th September for a four-day goodwill visit. The 5,800-ton destroyer Guangzhou, flying the flag of Rear Admiral Su Zhiqian, and the replenishment ship Wei Shanhu left China on 24 July.

It is the first visit to the UK by Chinese naval warships for six years, and a 21-gun salute will be fired when they arrive. The vessels are amongst the most modern in China’s South Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army – Navy.

During their stay their crews will take part in sporting and social events as well as attending the Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare Training Centre. The ships will return to China with calls at naval bases in France and Spain.