Secretary visits Chinese Naval Hospital Ship
to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC made a visit to the
Chinese naval hospital ship 'Hepingfangzhou' at the Colombo harbour today (08th
Tuesday, August). The People's Liberation Army Navy of China ship
arrived to the country on Sunday (06th August), making a goodwill visit.
Upon arrival the Secretary was received by the Deputy
Chief of Staff of East Sea Fleet, PLA Navy, Rear Admiral Guan Bailin. He
was also accorded a guard turnout onboard the ship. Accompanied by the
Chinese PLAN officers the Secretary visited the various parts of the
ship and learned of its operations and medical facilities.
Secretary Waidyaratne also exchanged mementos with
Rear Admiral Bailin to mark his visit to the ship. Additional Secretary (Defence) Mr. RMS Sarath Kumara
was also present at the occasion.
'Hepingfangzhou', popularly known as Ark Peace is a
modern ship that has been built to engage swiftly in humanitarian
response to disasters around the world. The ship with its crew of 381
personnel has treated over 120,000 people around the world during its
circumnavigation. The ship's medical facilities include theaters,
intensive care units, consultant medical services, residential treatment
units and Computerized Tomography Machines. It also has a helicopter
onboard for swift transfer of patients during emergencies.
The 'Ark Peace' is scheduled to leave the country
tomorrow (09th Wednesday, August).