Chinese carrier leads live fire drill in East China Sea
China's sole aircraft carrier has led a flotilla of naval vessels in a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy.
The official Xinhua news agency said the vessels "took part in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare training" with a simulated "opposing force".
Xinhua said the drill, which took place on Sunday, included multiple take-offs from the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier by J-15 fighter jets and that "anti-air missiles were fired from ships surrounding the carrier".
The manoeuvre occurred in the East China Sea, though the report did not give an exact location.
The sea is home to uninhabited islets at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing. The Japanese go nment has long complained about China's routine dispatch of coast guard ships to waters surrounding the islands.
The presence of a naval convoy carrying out live fire drills in the East China Sea could anger Tokyo.
The Liaoning is a refurbished Cold War-era aircraft carrier that was bought from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012.
It has been on a high-visibility tour in recent weeks, carrying out a series of muscle-flexing drills accompanied by a flotilla of support ships, including destroyers.
The flotilla then held two separate drills last week in waters on either side of Taiwan, infuriating the go nment in Taipei.
China sees de ratically-governed Taiwan as a renegade part of its territory to be brought back into the fold and has not ruled out reunification by force.
The Liaoning is the pride of China's rapidly expanding navy, with Beijing determined to become a major global naval power, particularly in the Pacific.
The state-run Global Times newspaper said China's first home-made carrier started moving from its berth on Monday as it prepares for its first sea trial, while a third, more advanced model is under construction in a Shanghai shipyard.
China's chief Pacific rival the United States currently boasts 11 operating aircraft carriers and two more currently under construction.
used Soviet ship, that is the pride of their fleet???
Whats a "used" aircraft carrier going for these days ???
Let us know when China's carrier's start to shape up like ours, and when they have at least 3 nuclear carriers running, then I might pause long enough to go hmmm. But that will be about it. We learned the lessons needed in WW2 when came to carrier warfare.
This old antique is no match to the US Fleet. No comparison what so ever.
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All the aircraft launched from carrier had to land in land base due to inexperienced pilots and aircraft itself couldn’t land on bird farm.
Wow China has an aircraft carrier?! Cool, US has 17.
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Isn't this the refurbished Ukranian carrier? The kind we had in WW2?
Snowboarders have better ramps
put some snow on they could use it for sliding
Soon Japans Helicopter carriers will become Aircraft Carriers once they get the F35 adding to China's trouble!
Get a good look now. One stormy night that ship will join the Chinese submarine force.
Most of the support ships are tugs.
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I would say the US Coast Guard would give the Chinese Navy a good battle.
DON'T UNDER ESTIMATE YOUR ENEMY ESPECIALLY TO THE WOKE UP DRAGON!!!! JUST THINK ABOUT IT THEY WERE SAILING IN THE SEA, OCEAN 2 HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE US
Looks like a carrier from Corpus Christi Texas naval museum
Not only are there 11 U.S. carriers each one is of a magnitude more formidable.
send some patriots...gone
It would have made a much better casino.
IT'S like watching someone parading around wearing a cheap suit, a replica Rolex, and fake Ray Bans to try to look like the real deal. In other words, looking ridiculous. Then again, that's what Chinese people do.
US put tariff on Chinese steel. Now, China has more steel so that the materials are used to produce more weapons.
U S had more practice!!
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The ASEAN countries that are disputing China's claim to the South ChIna Sea, had better gather their navies and be prepared to either fight or surrender as there will be "No Grey Zone" and China will take all of what they want.
Lol what a joke. Hopefully it came with tug boats.
Let them keep building more carriers until they go broke. Building them is the cheapest part - running and maintaining them is EXPENSIVE.
China is training to prepare additional crews for new carrier that starting sea trials in May 2018. Other aircraft carriers are in the construction yard pipeline & are due for sea trials in 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, etc. If we want to kick their butt, it is better to do it now.
Isn’t it adorable! It even has a couple of airplanes on it.
LOL, an aircraft carrier with training wheels. So in about 20 years they will get rid of the launch ramp.