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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Three Chinese ships and hundreds of Chinese sailors are visiting Hawaii to participate in a search & rescue exercise with the U.S. Navy.

The guided missile destroyer Qingdao will arrive in Pearl Harbor along with a frigate and a supply ship on Friday. They'll be carrying a helicopter and 680 officers and sailors.

Sailors from the USS Lake Erie will host the visitors during their 4-day stay.

They will hold a search & rescue drill on Monday.

Chinese exercises with the U.S. are rare. The two nations last held a joint drill when they participated in an anti-piracy exercise off Somalia last year.

The Navy says the port visit is part of the Navy's ongoing effort to develop relationships with foreign navies to build trust, encourage cooperation, enhance transparency and avoid miscalculation.

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