Chinese naval training ship Zheng He, which is on a voyage around the world to celebrate the 63 anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), will call at the port here on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India, accompanied by the Chinese Defence Attaché and top PLAN officials will be in the city on Wednesday to welcome the warship. During the three-day port call of the ship, senior Chinese officials will call on the Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command Rear Admiral S.Y. Srikhande, who is officiating as the chief of the command in the absence of Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil.
The Chinese Naval personnel aboard the visiting ship will drop in at the Southern Naval Command's Navigation and Direction School and the Indian Navy's newly-inducted sail training ship INS Sudarshini.
The Chinese vessel, which had taken on board Indian Naval Sea Cadet David Veeravalli at Malaysia as a goodwill gesture, will disembark him as the ship anchors at the Cochin Port Trust. Besides ship visit exchanges, there would be a friendly game of football between the naval personnel of both nations.