Capt. James T. Jones, commanding officer of USS Shiloh (CG 67), greets Rear Adm. Zhang Wendan, deputy chief of staff South Sea Fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy during a ceremony welcoming the ship to Zhanjiang. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristopher Horton)

ZHANJIANG, China - USS Shiloh (CG 67) arrived at the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) South Sea Fleet base in in Zhanjiang for a port visit, May 30.

The port visit to China is part of a series of military-to-military exchanges that are scheduled to take place this year between the two countries.

On the schedule of events are a PLA(N) hosted reception at the South Sea Fleet headquarters, ship-to-ship tours, sporting events and community service projects. Shiloh Commanding Officer Capt. James T. Jones will also meet with the Vice Mayor of Zhanjiang.

The visit to Zhanjiang will allow the ship's crew a rare chance to experience Chinese culture firsthand, enjoy sightseeing and meet the people of China through sporting events, community service projects and public tours.

"I know each and every Sailor on Shiloh is looking forward to this unique opportunity," Jones said. "This will be a great chance for us to show our hosts the finest ship and crew the U.S. Navy has to offer."

Shiloh is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser with a crew of approximately 400 Sailors assigned to Commander, Task Force 70, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to support security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.