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Taiwan's Friendship Flotilla ends trip to Dominican Republic
Central News Agency
2013-04-23 05:47 PM
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The Navy ended a three-day public relations port call to the Dominican Republic Tuesday in which naval personnel met with local military officials and political heavyweights, the Republic of China Embassy in the Dominican Republic said. A Navy Honor Guard arrived at the port of Santo Domingo Sunday and were greeted upon arrival by ROC Ambassador Hou Ping-fu, along with Dominican military and political figures, and Taiwanese expatriates, the embassy said. The visit was part of a worldwide tour to enhance diplomatic ties with the country's allies. The last time the Navy visited the Caribbean country, one of Taiwan's only 26 diplomatic allies in the world, was in 2008. The Honor Guard performed drills in the plaza of the Dominican's National Theater Sunday, followed by performances by a naval marching band and taekwondo team. The three vessels that comprise the Friendship Flotilla are the Lafayette-class frigate Wu Chang, the Cheng Kung-class frigate Cheng Kung and the fleet oiler Wu Yi. (By Yang Mei-ning and Ann Chen)
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