China's First Home-built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials
China's First Home-built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials
Xinhua News Agency shows China's aircraft carrier Liaoning at a shipyard in Dalian
14 May, 2018, 06:11
Xinhua news agency released a photograph of the ship a short distance from port, and stated that the seat trials will test the "stability and reliability" of the carrier's power system and equipment. But it would still be no match in size or range to the nuclear powered vessels of the US Navy, which has 11 carriers. Lai is reported to have been captain of CNS Lianyungang guided-missile frigate, commander of a frigate flotilla and then executive officer of CNS Liaoning aircraft carrier.
With a displacement of 50,000 tons, the new vessel is smaller than the 67,000-ton Liaoning, while both feature a "ski-jump" takeoff ramp.
The new ship, which is set to boost the military capability of the country, is the second Chinese aircraft carrier, but the first to be fully designed in China, as the first - "Liaoning" - was built on the base of the unfinished Soviet aircraft carrier "Varyag".
The carrier's maiden sea trials follows a speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 12, in which he announced plans to build a "world-class" navy under the banner of the Chinese Communist Party. He hopes the young team can contribute more to the country's future aircraft carriers.
As of now the vessel remains a ship with no name and is presently referred to as Type 001A.
According to the Navy, the commander of the new carrier is Senior Captain Lai Yijun.
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In the United States, the USS Gerald R Ford, the US Navy's newest carrier and the most expensive warship ever built at $13 billion, has a host of problems.
The yet to be named vessel was launched from Dalian Shipyard in April past year and is expected to enter service in 2020.
China has made no secret of its desire to build a modern, "blue-water" navy which could operate around the world.
China vigorously develops the program for naval armaments and reinforces the group in the Pacific region.
The new vessel, by comparison, will focus on what a genuine aircraft carrier is supposed to do like conducting combat-ready patrols and safeguarding China's maritime sovereignty and interests, the report said. However, a source close to the navy said it was "too early to estimate" when it would be combat ready.
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