Greek and Chinese Navy vessels conduct joint training exercise in Saronic Gulf

Hellenic Navy units and ships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Naval Task Group (TG) 150 took part in a joint training exercise in the Saronic Gulf, concluding the Chinese task group’s visit to Greece, the Greek Navy announced on Thursday.

Taking part in the exercise were the Hellenic Navy frigate “Navarinon” and its on-board helicopter (S70 Aegean Hawk), the missile boat “Troupakis” and an Unorthodox Warfare element, as well as the three war ships making up the TG 150. These included the Type 054A frigate PLANS Jingzhou (FFG-532), the Type 052C destroyer PLANS Changchun (DDG-150) and the Type 903A replenishment ship PLANS Chaohu (AOR-890).

The joint training exercise aimed to enhance the level of cooperation and mutual understanding between the Navy units of the two countries.

The TG 150 led by Chinese Navy fleet commander Rear Admiral Shen Hao sailed into Piraeus port on Monday and remained until Wednesday. The visit to Greece was part of a trip to promote China’s Belt and Road International Cooperation Summit Forum in May.