Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that the Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) will make a port call in Qingdao, People's Republic of China. The ship will arrive (locally) on Aug. 2, 2000, and depart on Aug. 5.
Cohen said during his visits to Beijing and Shanghai earlier this month that the two countries would have reciprocal port calls. Chinese naval vessels will visit Hawaii and then Seattle, Wash., in the near future.
Chancellorsville is a member of the Navy's forward deployed naval force based in Yokosuka, Japan. The ship's port call will coincide with a visit to Beijing and Qingdao by the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Thomas B. Fargo July 31-Aug. 5.
The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with the People's Liberation Army (Navy), has developed a series of engagement events that are designed to build mutual understanding in maritime safety, communications, and search and rescue. These events include high-level exchanges such as Fargo's visit, reciprocal port calls, and periodic forums for consultation between Navy counterparts.
For more information, contact U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs at (808) 471-3769. Media in Asia may contact U.S. Seventh Fleet Public Affairs in Yokosuka, Japan, at 81-0468-26-1911 ext. 243-7220.
Additional information and imagery will be made available online at http://www.c7f.navy.mil .