Friday, April 19, 2013

Peleliu Hosts Luncheon for People's Liberation Army

Peleliu Hosts Luncheon for People's Liberation Army

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Sheard, USS Peleliu Public Affairs
HONG KONG (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) hosted a luncheon and a ship tour for several members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison, Hong Kong, April 16.

Maj. Gen. Dong Chao, deputy commander, PLA garrison Hong Kong, was the senior member of the delegation that came aboard.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, commander Amphibious Force 7th Fleet hosted the event.

"We recognize that security and stability are forged in these partnerships," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. "We must continue our commitment to our allies and partners in the Pacific to maintain prosperity and security throughout the region."

The PLA's visit began in the ship's wardroom with a luncheon followed by a tour. The guests toured spaces such as the hangar bay, medical triage, flight deck, and Hall of Heroes, where the PLA had the opportunity to learn about Peleliu's history.

Initially called the Red Army, PLA began in 1927. It is made up of both the active and reserve elements of China's sea, ground and air forces.

Peleliu's port visit represents an opportunity to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners and foster growing relationships. Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group on deployment in the western Pacific region with amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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