Chinese missile frigate Yueyang sets out to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, a multinational naval drill, on Monday, June 9, 2014. A total of four Chinese warships will join in the U.S.-led military drill, including frigate Yueyang, destroyer Haikou, supply ship Qiandaohu and hospital ship Peace Ark. [Photo: chinanews.com]
The Chinese navy will participate for the first time in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises this year.
Chinese forces attending the drill, which is organized by the U.S. navy, will include a missile destroyer, a missile frigate, a supplier ship, a hospital ship and two vessel-carried helicopters, a special battle force and a diving force.
A medical forum will be held between the Chinese and the U.S. sides during the drill, which will include visits to each other's ships.
According to the drill schedule, naval forces from China, Singapore and Brunei will join a U.S. cruiser in waters off the coast of the territory of Guam in mid-June and then sail to Pearl Harbor in the U.S. state of Hawaii in formation.
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