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|File photo of China's refitted aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier left its shipyard at Dalian Port in northeast Liaoning Province on Wednesday morning to start its first sea trial. Military sources said that the first sea trial was in line with schedual of the carrier's refitting project and would not take a long time. After returning from the sea trial, the aircraft carrier will continue refit and test work. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's refitted aircraft carrier sailed for its second sea trial on Tuesday for relevant scientific research and experiments, Chinese Ministry of National Defense said in a press release.
According to the press release, prior to sailing, the aircraft carrier had completed all the refitting and testing work as scheduled after its first sea trial in August.
The carrier was originally built by the former Soviet Union which named it Varyag, yet failed to complete the ship's construction before collapsing in 1991. The still-unnamed aircraft carrier was an empty shell. Ukraine disarmed it and removed its engines before selling it to China.
The vessel, an Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier which measures 304.5 meters long and 37 meters wide, with a displacement of 58,500 metric tons, has been totally refitted for its new role as a research and training platform in China.
The vessel departed for its first trial from a port in Dalian, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Aug. 10.
The building of an aircraft carrier is a long and complex project. In the building process, there will be a series of scientific research experiments and training exercises, and such activities are routine and normal.
Currently, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, India, Brazil and Thailand, operate a total of 21 active-service aircraft carriers.
China's aircraft carrier succeeds in maiden sea trials
BEIJING, Sep. 1 (Xinhuanet) --China says the maiden sea trial of the country's refitted aircraft carrier has attained its objectives. National Defense Ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun said at a press briefing on Wednesday that the carrier has returned to the shipyard, and all systems were operating as normal.
The vessel, former Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag, has been totally refitted for its new role as a research and training platform for the Chinese military. The vessel departed from a port in Dalian, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province on August 10th. Full Story
China's refitted aircraft carrier sets sail for first sea trial
DALIAN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's first aircraft carrier set out on a low-profile sea trial Wednesday, its first journey under the Chinese flag. The vessel was swaddled in mist as it departed the port of Dalian, which had narrowly escaped tropical storm Muifa Monday.
Military sources said that the trial is in line with the carrier's refitting schedule and will not take a long time. Refitting work will continue after the vessel has returned to the port. Full Story
China's future aircraft carrier no source of tension
BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and American military experts have said that China's future aircraft carrier is not a source of tension for the United States and other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
About two weeks after China's Ministry of National Defense confirmed its program to refurbish an ex-Soviet aircraft carrier, the still unfinished vessel commenced its maiden sea trial on Wednesday morning from Dalian of northeast Liaoning Province where the carrier was docked. Full Story
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