BRUNEI MUARA – The Chinese navy training vessel Qi Jiquang docked at Muara Port on Friday morning for a three-day training visit to Brunei.

The massive ship — which carries 517 personnel and cadets on board —  left Dalian, China on September 20 on a two-month training voyage of the Asia-Pacific, where it will make port of calls in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji.

During their three days in Brunei, the cadets will visit a Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) patrol ship and conduct professional exchanges and sports activities with Bruneian naval officers.

The Qi Jiguang is attached to the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, where cadets are in trained in subjects such as terrestrial navigation, celestial navigation and marine hydro-meteorology.

Photo: Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar/The Scoop

Political commissar of the PLA Dalian Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Yu Wenbin, also made courtesy calls to senior Brunei military officials on Friday, including RBAF Commander Major General Pg Dato Paduka Seri Aminan Pg Hj Mahmud and RBN Commander First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Hji Othman Hj Suhaili @ Suhaily.

Photo: Courtesy of MinDef

The ship will also be open to visitors on Sunday, September 29 from 9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm.