China’s first aircraft carrier starts sea trial
CHINA: China’s first aircraft carrier on Wednesday left its shipyard
in the country’s northeast to start its first sea trial, the state news
agency Xinhua said.
The revamped old Soviet ship’s sea trial was in line with the
schedule of its refitting project and would not take long, the news
agency said, quoting military sources. After returning from the trial,
the carrier will continue its refit and test work, the report said,
adding that the vessel had set sail from its shipyard in the city of
But media reports and military analysts have for years said the
300-metre (990-foot) ship was in development.
The ship, once called the Varyag, was originally built for the Soviet
navy. Construction was interrupted by the collapse of the Soviet Union
China reportedly bought the ship’s immense armoured hull with no
engine, electrics or propeller in 1998. BEIJING, Wednesday, AFP