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Friendship Fleet to tour Taiwan in May

2012/04/22 18:38:41

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) After concluding its annual two-month overseas mission, the Republic of China Navy Fleet of Friendship will sail around the country in May as part of a program to assist the public in learning more about the armed forces, military officials said Sunday.

The fleet, which left Kaohsiung in early March and visited Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and the Marshall Islands, is scheduled to return to Taiwan at the end of this month, the officials said.

Comprised this year of two frigates and one fast combat support ship, the fleet has been assembled annually since 1966 as part of the navy cadets' pre-graduation training mission and primarily visited Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

Back home in May, the fleet will call at ports including Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, Keelung, Yilan, Hualien, and the outlying Penghu, with one-day events planned at each stop for the public, officials said.

Visitors will be able to board the naval ships and view the ships' weapons, along with a performance by the marching band of cadets, the Navy Band and honor guard unit, as well as view the marines' combat skills, according to officials.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Kay Liu)