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China’s 1st aircraft carrier heads for Western Pacific

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    China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning berths in a port of China. China’s military says its first aircraft carrier group has carried out a series of fighter launch, recovery and air combat exercises in the Yellow Sea amid tensions with the U.S. and Taiwan.

BEIJING >> China’s Defense Ministry says the country’s first aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise.

State media say it is the first time that the Liaoning, which was commissioned by the Chinese navy in 2012, has headed to “distant sea waters.” The Western Pacific stretches from China to New Zealand and encompasses countries in the Pacific, Oceania and parts of Asia.

The statement said a navy formation including the Liaoning set off Saturday for training “in distant sea waters” as part of an annual training plan.

The Liaoning carried out training in the East China Sea on Saturday, according to footage shown on state broadcaster China Central Television.

The carrier recently carried out its first live-fire exercise.

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  • It might be their first, and they may have “commissioned” it, but they sure didn’t build it.

    They bought it from the Russkies off of Ivanslist, and the listing didn’t include the engines. I wonder who they bought those from? A nation that still can’t build turbine engines for their own jet fighters or civilian transports isn’t worthy of being considered a modern industrial powerhouse in the 21st. century.

    I hope they’ve purchased the naval equivalent of AAA coverage when their bought-not-built carrier breaks down in the middle of the world’s largest ocean. They certainly shouldn’t count on the US Seventh Fleet giving them a tow back to home port.

    • Great observation! My post was to point out that the Russian design(curving deck) of the carrier not knowing that it was an outright purchase of a modern weaponry. We do not sell any of our top-notch war planes or other weaponry to our allies. On the bright side, this design of aircraft carrier has never been battle tested until recently of the coast of Syria. Carrier landings and take-offs are nerve wrecking activities and are not for the faint of heart. Marine pilots used to practice night landing-take-offs formerly at the Marine Training facility at El Toro, Ca in the early 1990’s.

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