May 6-10, Shanghai – Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, arrived aboard the USS Blue Ridge on May 6 as part of a mission to deepen its relationship with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. During their time here, sailors and marines got a chance to play basketball with PLA Navy sailors, tour the city, and jointly volunteer at Shanghai’s School for the Blind. Ambassador Baucus travelled to Shanghai to celebrate U.S.-China military-to-military ties during a reception hosted by Aucoin and USS Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Captain Matthew Paradise aboard the 7th Fleet’s command ship. The reception was held in honor of Rear Admiral Wang Hai, Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy and Rear Admiral Zhi Tianlong, Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy East Sea fleet.
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