Editor's choice: China's aircraft carrier "Liaoning"
|China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, anchores at its homeport in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Feb. 27, 2013. It is the first time for the aircraft carrier to anchor at its homeport, meaning that the naval base for aircraft carrier in Qingdao is operational after four years of construction, according to a People's Liberation Army Navy statement. (Xinhua/Wu Dengfeng)
QINGDAO, Shandong, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, anchored for the first time at its homeport in Qingdao, eastern Shandong Province on Wednesday morning.
The anchoring means that the naval base for aircraft carrier in Qingdao is operational after four years of construction, according to a People's Liberation Army Navy statement.
Huang Yi, an officer with the construction team of the base, told Xinhua that the carrier homeport has the longest breakwater in China, which could resist a once-in-a-century huge typhoon.
Huang said he was proud of the first-class construction quality that his team has delivered.
Qingdao is ice-free throughout the year for berthing civilian and naval vessels. The city is also the base of the PLA Navy's Beihai Fleet headquarters.
The Liaoning left a shipyard at Dalian in northeast Liaoning Province on Tuesday for its first voyage of the year, during which weapon systems of the carrier were tested.
After its delivery to the PLA Navy on Sept. 25, the Liaoning has undergone a series of sea trials and experiments, including successful test flights of carrier-borne J-15 fighter jets.
China now capable to deploy jets on aircraft carrier: Navy
LIAONING AIRCRAFT-CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Successful aircraft landing exercises on China's first aircraft carrier mean the country is now capable to deploy fighter jets on the carrier, a senior navy officer said Sunday.
Pilots have mastered key skills to ensure the success of the take-off and the landing, especially under unfavorable conditions such as poor visibility and unstable airflow, said Vice-Admiral Zhang Yongyi, a deputy commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. Full story
China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier
LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said.
A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise.
After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Full story
The Liaoning offers strong backup force to maritime surveillance
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- The joint exercise in the East China Sea, which is aimed at improving coordination between the navy and administrative patrol vessels and safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime interests, has already kicked off.
After the commission of the aircraft carrier, it may integrate naval and air forces as a whole, moreover, the aircraft carrier and their fleets in particular enable the naval force to go further and conduct maritime surveillance with more efficiency, said Li Jie, a professor of the Marine Military Academy, during an exclusive interview with People's Daily Online in response to the concern from the netizens about the role and significance on the commission of the Liaoning to China's maritime surveillance. Full story
[Video] China's first aircraft carrier leaves port
BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- China's first aircraft carrier sailed from the port of Dalian in Northeastern China on Friday evening.
This is the Liaoning’s first voyage since it was delivered to the People’s Liberation Army on September 25. Full story
China's first aircraft carrier commissioned
DALIAN, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Tuesday after years of refitting and sea trials.
Overseen by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, the carrier was officially handed over by the navy's main contractor, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, at a ceremony held at a naval base in northeast China's port city of Dalian. Full story
Factbox: Key facts of China's first aircraft carrier
BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning with a hull number of 16, entered service in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25.
The following are facts and figures about the vessel, based on reports from the Jiefangjun Bao (Liberation Army Daily), on Wednesday. Full story