DAR ES SALAAM Three Chinese navy ships on Monday docked at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Port for a four-day visit, aimed at sharing experience with their Tanzanian counterparts in how to curb piracy in the Indian Ocean.
A welcome ceremony was held at the port, attended by Chinese diplomats and Tanzanian Navy officials.
Speaking soon after receiving the Chinese navy, the Major General of the Tanzania People’s Defence Force, Simon Mumwi, praised the relations between Tanzania and China, which dates back to 1960s.
He described China as a true partner as it has been at the forefront in supporting Tanzania in different areas, including security.
The Tanzanian Navy Commander, Brigadier General Rogastian Laswai commended the Chinese navy for its support to Tanzania in the fight against piracy.
“During this trip we’ll be sharing experience and skills on how to address security challenges including piracy,” Laswai said, describing piracy as a serious challenge off the east African coast.
Authorized by the United Nations, the Chinese navy has been dispatching warships to the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast for escort missions since December 2008.