China launches first domestically-made aircraft carrier

China's first entirely home-built aircraft carrier anchored at a port in Dalian Liaoning province on May 9 ahead of sea trials

China's first entirely home-built aircraft carrier anchored at a port in Dalian Liaoning province on May 9 ahead of sea trials

The carrier, known only as "Type 001A", set out for the trials from a port in northeastern China at around 6:45 a.m., according to state broadcaster CCTV.

What will be at test is the carrier 's reliability and stability with regards to its power systems.

State media has quoted experts as saying that the country needs at least six carriers.

Construction of the unnamed carrier was completed in April a year ago.

The ownership of a homegrown carrier locations China amongst the few military powers with such vessels, consisting of the United States, Russia and Britain.

China is making clear its intention to accelerate the building of aircraft carriers to step up maritime activities.

With the induction of INS Vikrant and "Type 001A", both India and China will have two operational aircraft carriers. Its design was based on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was bought from Ukraine and refurbished.

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As of this year, the United States Navy fields 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, more than any other nation in the world.

According to Peter Layton, visiting fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, the Liaoning was meant to act as more of a training vessel, whereas the new ship is likely to be deployed in combat missions, positioning China alongside a select number of countries with global naval capabilities, including Russia, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The new carrier has a conventional propulsion system. The PLA Navy has not officially announced a commissioning date yet for the carrier, although there is some speculation that it will take place in the last quarter of 2018.

Those deficiencies "make the ship more vulnerable to attack, or create limitations during routine operations", the report said.

In the naval forces of China ship of this class will be the second in the composition.

It has been deployed to assert China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and is increasingly ranging farther into the Pacific and Indian oceans. However, a source close to the navy said it was "too early to estimate" when it would be combat ready.

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