Palau Welcomes Taiwan ‘Fleet Of Friendship’

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758 navy officers, soldiers, cadets arrive in Koror

By Peter Erick L. Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, May 7, 2015) – The Republic of Palau on May 6 officially welcomed the Fleet of Friendship from the Republic of China during a ceremony held at the Port in Malakal.

The fleet, consisting of Flagship WU-YI, Frigate HSI-NING and Frigate PAN-CHAO, is in Palau for a goodwill visit. Present during the welcome ceremony were Vice President Antonio Bells, Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons, Senate President Elias Camsek Chin, Aimeliik State Governor Leilani Reklai, Education Minister Sinton Soalablai, State Minister Billy Kuartei, former President Kuniwo Nakamura, Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism Minister F. Umiich Sengebau, Health Minister Greg Ngirmang and Ambassador Harry Ho-jen Tseng of the ROC Embassy.

Aside from the welcoming ceremony, the leaders of Palau went up for a tour of Frigate HSI-NING, one of the ships of the Fleet of Friendship.

Aside from the ceremony, the Fleet of Friendship held a spectacular performance of martial arts, marching band and color/honor guards at the Palau National Gymnasium and the public was also welcomed to tour Frigate HSI-NING in order for them to firsthand experience of naval life and operations onboard a navy vessel.

The fleet comprises 758 navy officers, soldiers, and cadets from the ROC Naval Academy. Each year, graduating cadets sail aboard the Fleet of Friendship for shipboard training. In recent years, the Fleet of Friendship has sailed to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Pacific islands and other parts of the world. This is the 12th visit of the ROC Friendship Fleet to Palau.

The goodwill visit of the ROC Fleet of Friendship did not only provide the opportunity for ROC naval cadets to appreciate the pristine beauty and rich culture of Palau, enhance the existing cordial relations between the two peoples, but also let Palauans know more about the ROC and it’s navy.

The fleet is set to sail from Malakal Port today (May 8) for the ROC after a flag-hoisting ceremony.

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