Chinese naval ships to visit Florida port

Washington( CNN) Three Chinese naval ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, Tuesday as part of a routine goodwill port visit. The ships are expected to arrive following visits to ports in Europe.

Sailors from both navies are expected to participate in sporting events and ship tours during the course of its Mayport visit.

“Goodwill his mission to ships from foreign navies help build trust and foster shared understand, ” according to a statement from the U.S. Navy.

“Foreign navy ships routinely conduct port visits to Mayport, as ships from Peru and Canada have stopped here in the last few months, ” U.S. Navy spokesman Cmdr. William Marks said. “Engagements like this and the July 2015 port visit to China by USS Stethem demonstrate a continuous navy-to-navy bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

This is the first visit by Chinese naval ships to Florida but not the first to a U.S. port. Last month, Chinese navy ship Zheng He visited Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

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