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China's First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier Started Sea Trials

14 May, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • China's sole operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning is a repurposed Soviet ship bought from Ukraine

China's first domestically-built aircraft carrier set out from a dock of Dalian Shipyard, northeast China's Liaoning Province, for sea trials Sunday morning.

The trials are believed to be for testing the engine and radar systems as well as other equipment on the conventionally powered vessel, launched in April previous year in a shipyard in Dalian.

The ship, temporarily named Type 001A, was floated off in April 2017 after nearly 4 years of construction.

It is the country's second aircraft carrier.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious plan to update the armed forces as China ramps up its presence in the disputed South China Sea.

A third aircraft carrier is being built in Shanghai, according to state media, although the Defense Ministry has yet to confirm this.




The new ship will be the second aircraft carrier in the expanding Chinese Navy.

The ship, the largest and most sophisticated naval vessel in China, was designed and built by the nation on its own.

But our colleagues from Eastpendulum are reporting that Notification LN-0103 (辽 航 警 0103), issued by the Chinese Maritime Security Administration two days ago, seems to have given some information on these points, as it was already the case for the sea trials of Liaoning aircraft carrier in August 2011. This new steam propulsion system has been fitted on Type 002. The ship will also carry several types of helicopters. That ship joined the Chinese fleet in 2012 and began its first operations four years later, putting China in the small group of seafaring powers that maintain aircraft carriers, led by the United States, which has 11.

The PLA Navy has not officially announced a commissioning date yet for the carrier, although there is some speculation that it will take place in the last quarter of 2018. They said the vessel has more than 3,600 cabins, noting that during construction, there would be at least 3,000 workers from across the country working on the ship each day.

Experts have said that the new carrier will have missions that differ from those of the Liaoning, which is mainly tasked with testing equipment and weapons and training personnel.

China has sent its first home-built aircraft carrier for sea trials as the Communist government attempts to assert its military might on the world stage.

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