After Years Of Relentless Construction China’s Tremendous Aircraft Carrier Prepares For Battle
The workers have left, the scaffolding has come down and China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier has launched into the sea. Tensions have been rising in the south China sea amid territorial disputes with other nations and this aircraft carrier seeks to boost their naval power.
China has another aircraft carrier in their armada but it is not exactly the best of ships. Their other vessel The Liaoning is a 1985 model aircraft carrier they purchased from the Russians, but it runs on diesel powered generators and is not known for reliability. However, this new vessel is bigger is much more advanced and has room up to 46 aircraft.
“China is building a blue-water navy for the long term: not just the carriers themselves but the auxiliary ships to supply them and the warships to protect them.”
– Andrew S. Erickson (Professor at the United States Naval War College)
The carrier’s weapons capabilities are still unknown at this point as the massive vessel heads out to see. It is rumored that this aircraft carrier will be called The Shandong, named after the Chinese coastal province. Details are trickling out but CGTN was on site in China to cover the launch of their aircraft carrier as seen in this clip.