ADF deploys with Chinese Navy hospital ship

9 September 2014 | Media Release

Two Australian Defence Force (ADF) medical officers have joined the Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) – Navy hospital ship Peace Ark on its medical assistance mission currently under way in the South Pacific.
The deployment results from an invitation from the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China, General Fan Changlong, during his visit to Australia in July this year.
From 31 August to 11 September, the ADF medical officers will work closely with their PLA colleagues to provide medical support during the Peace Ark’s mission to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
The capacity of ADF and PLA personnel to work closely together was most recently demonstrated during Operation Southern Indian Ocean.  Australia welcomes China’s ongoing assistance with the search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370, which has reinforced the tangible benefits of our practical engagement.
Working together with the PLA during the Peace Ark’s South Pacific medical assistance mission demonstrates how defence cooperation between Australia and China can contribute to regional security and be of real practical assistance to regional partners.
Media contact:
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Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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