THREE large Chinese navy vessels have berthed at Butterworth’s Deepwater Wharf in Bagan Luar in Penang.
The vessels — CNS Changchun, CNS Jingzhou and CNS Chaohu — will be at the wharf for four days but they are not open to the public.
With about 700 crew members on board, the three ships arrived at about 10am yesterday. They are on a tour of about 20 ports around the world.
CNS Changchun, a Type 052C destroyer commissioned in 2013, carries 48 air defence missiles and multiple anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.
It has a range of guns firing 100mm and 30mm calibre rounds with firing rates of 90 rounds and 5,800 rounds per minute respectively.
CNS Jingzhou is a Type 054A frigate while CNS Chaohu is a Type 903 replenishment ship.
Built in China, they can operate hand in hand to support each other in battle.
The crew members are here for a series of activities including learning about the local culture during their three-day stay.
They will leave at 10am on Monday.
Present to welcome the arrival of the three ships were Penang Port Commission chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, the People’s Republic of China consul-general to Penang Wu Jun and Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.
About 70 students from SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth were given the rare opportunity to tour the ships as special guests.