The Fleet of Friendship from the Republic of China will pay a goodwill visit to Palau from May 5 to 8.
The fleet, consisting of Flagship WU-YI, Frigate HSI-NING and Frigate PAN-CHAO, will call at the port of Malakal in the morning of May 6. A welcome ceremony will be presided over jointly by President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and Ambassador Harry Ho-jen Tseng of the ROC Embassy at 2 p.m.
On May 7, a spectacular performance of martial arts, marching band and color/honor guards drill will be presented at the Palau National Gymnasium at 3 p.m. The general public is welcome to attend the event and enjoy the program.
In order to let people in Palau enjoy firsthand experience of naval life and operations onboard a navy vessel, there will be an open-house of Frigate HSI-NING to the public on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitor will be required to show their ID or driverâ€™s license and children under 12-year-old must be accompanied by adults.
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 will 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 itâ€™s navy.
The fleet will set sail from Malakal Port for the ROC after a flag-hoisting ceremony at 8 a.m. on May 8.
WRITTEN BY PETER ERICK L. MAGBANUA
THURSDAY, 30 APRIL 2015 14:17