Gerald Vernon-Jackson was privileged to be part of the welcoming part for the Chinese Naval ships along with local businessman Albert Choi and local Lib Dem Councillor Hugh Mason.
Three Chinese Naval ships have arrived in Portsmouth for a formal visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson was at the Naval Base with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and local Chinese business owner Albert Choi on Monday to greet the three ships.
Heading the task group is the assault ship Chang Bai Shan, accompanied by the frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu.
During the five-day visit, senior officers from both Navies will discuss various maritime topics including recent counter-piracy operations across the Indian Ocean.
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said:
“The Chinese Naval ships will be visiting the UK after they have finished a counter-piracy escort mission in the waters of the Gulf of Aden. This will be the third visit to the UK by Chinese Naval ships, and the largest one.”
Gerald Vernon-Jackson added,
“The counter piracy work the Royal Navy does with the Chinese Navy and other Navies from around the world to protect important trade routes from modern piracy is essential. I was privileged to be part of the welcoming party.”