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China's first locally made aircraft carrier starts trials at sea

China's first locally made aircraft carrier starts trials at sea

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.

The country's first carrier, the Liaoning, was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998, refitted in China, and commissioned in 2012.

China's second aircraft carrier will be "modernized" compared to its first, experts said, with a design that's bigger and heavier to allow it to carry more planes.

China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier departs Dalian, Liaoning province, China, May 13, 2018.

Sam Roggeveen, senior fellow at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said: 'This is, in and of itself, not created to be some frontal challenge to USA power in the Asia Pacific, because it simply isn't in the class of America's aircraft carriers'.

China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan have claims to the South China Sea, while Beijing also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.

However, even with the potential development of further carriers, it could still be years before China's navy is able to deploy its fleet effectively, said Mr Tsang.

The new carrier has a conventional propulsion system. The new Chinese carrier can neither sale for longer without refueling than the above mentioned USA carriers, nor can it carry as many planes.

The US is the largest operator as it runs 11 nuclear-powered carriers with each having a full-load displacement of about 100,000 tonnes. Chinese media reported that up to 36 Shenyang J-15 fighters can be based aboard.

Footage aired by CCTV showed the imposing carrier accompanied by several smaller military craft leaving a wharf and heading out to sea. Little is known about this new commander but unofficial sources indicate that LAI is "very intelligent" and has a "very good level in English".

Officials still have not named the 50,000-ton carrier. 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.

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. For example, the new ship's island is shorter and the landing section is longer.