Chinese and U.S. ships on June 25, 2016. Chinese Ministry of Defense Photo
USNI News: Chinese Warships Now Training with U.S. Carrier Strike Group
Five ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy are training with a U.S. carrier strike group ahead of next month’s Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercises, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Monday.
Last week the five ship PLAN flotilla linked up with the strike group – centered on carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) — met near Guam and steamed toward Hawaii ahead of July’s international exercises.
According to a list of ships China intended to send to the exercise released by U.S. 3rd Fleet, the PLAN flotilla includes Type 052C guided missile destroyer Xi’an (153), Type 054A guided missile frigate Hengshui (572), fleet oiler Gaoyouhui, the hospital ship Peace Ark and the submarine logistics vessel Changxingdao.
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WNU editor: I do not understand why the Chinese are in this naval exercise .... this is sending the wrong and contradictory message to our allies in the Pacific.
Update: Bill Gertz is right .... Washington sends allies mixed signals with PLA Navy role in RIMPAC (Asia Times)
More News On The Chinese Navy Joining A U.S. Carrier Strike Group Ahead Of Next Month's RIMPAC Naval Exercises
Despite Tensions, Chinese Navy Trains with U.S. Carrier Strike Group -- Popular Mechanics
5 Chinese ships are training with a US carrier strike group -- Business Insider
San Diego-Based Navy Ships Enter Eastern Pacific for Multinational Drill -- Patch
China will Again take part in RIMPAC Multinational Naval Wargame -- China Topix
What tensions? Chinese ships join US Navy in massive Pacific exercise -- RT