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Chinese and American naval officers walk beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while it was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
Chinese and American naval officers walk beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while it was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Chinese and American naval officers walk beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while it was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
Chinese and American naval officers walk beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while it was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Officers from the five Chinese ships attending the Rim of the Pacific exercise line up in front of the guided-missile destroyer Xian for a group photo July 8, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. They are joined by two U.S. Navy officers who acted as translators for visiting reporters.
Officers from the five Chinese ships attending the Rim of the Pacific exercise line up in front of the guided-missile destroyer Xian for a group photo July 8, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. They are joined by two U.S. Navy officers who acted as translators for visiting reporters. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
An armed sailor walks the bow China's guided-missile destroyer Xian while docked July 8, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
An armed sailor walks the bow China's guided-missile destroyer Xian while docked July 8, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Chinese navy officers make the Hawaiian popular "shaka" (or "hang loose") gesture for visiting reporters July 8, 2016, while standing beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian, docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
Chinese navy officers make the Hawaiian popular "shaka" (or "hang loose") gesture for visiting reporters July 8, 2016, while standing beside China's guided-missile destroyer Xian, docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Cmdr. Sun Hong Bin, the executive officer of China's guided-missile destroyer Xian, explains some of the features of the ship's helicopter deck to visiting reporters July 8, 2016, while the ship was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
Cmdr. Sun Hong Bin, the executive officer of China's guided-missile destroyer Xian, explains some of the features of the ship's helicopter deck to visiting reporters July 8, 2016, while the ship was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
The flags of China and the United States wave above helm of China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while the ship was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 8, 2016, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
The flags of China and the United States wave above helm of China's guided-missile destroyer Xian July 8, 2016, while the ship was docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 8, 2016, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
A sailor aboard China's guided-missile destroyer Xian salutes officers heading down the gangway while the ship was berthed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 8, 2016, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
A sailor aboard China's guided-missile destroyer Xian salutes officers heading down the gangway while the ship was berthed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 8, 2016, for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

China offered the media a glimpse Friday of the five ships sent to the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii — but just a peek.

A small group of reporters was welcomed aboard the 150-meter-long guided-missile destroyer Xian, which is flagship of the flotilla sent by the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It’s been in service for roughly a year.

Reporters were ushered into the ship’s dining area, where officers representing the five ships were seated to answer a few questions.

China also sent the hospital ship Peace Ark; the replenishment ship Gaoyouhu; a submarine rescue ship named Changdao; and two surface warships, the guided-missile frigate Hengshui and the Xian.

The Peace Ark is the only ship to return among the four that visited during RIMPAC 2014.

China gave reporters a much more expansive look at their ships two years ago, with media interest so great that tours were broken into smaller groups.

This year only a small handful of media was allowed to visit; the tour was restricted to the Xian and limited to the galley and rear heliport.

olson.wyatt@stripes.com

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