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The Varyag reached the Chinese port of Dalian in February 2001 for a refit into a floating casino and hotel, before being towed to Macau.
The Varyag is a modern design (newer than the initial ship of the Russian class, the Kuznetzov, which is currently operational with the russian fleet) and could be become a very capable intial foray into the carrier world by the PLAN. It was towed to the Dalian Chinese naval yards where it is currently being studied for anything but a floating Casino.
Originally, the Varyag was bought, for three times its scrap value, by a Chinese front company (that turned out to be owned by the Chinese navy). Their stated intention was to convert the ship into a floating casino in Macao (near Hong Kong). This turned out to be a cover story, to get Turkey to allow the Varyag to be towed out of the Black Sea. There’s an international treaty that allows Turkey to control what warships pass through the Turkish controlled entrance to the Black Sea, so the Chinese had to make it look like the Varyag was no longer going to be used as a warship. The Chinese then spent $30 million, and 627 days, to tow the engineless Varyag to a Chinese naval base. The Varyag was originally designed to operate the Su-27 fighter (which the Chinese have).
Originally posted by COWlan
Yo, lucretius, did you see the pic of the mockup CVN? THe one fitted with all the planes and stuff? That thing has 16 6-cell revolving launchers and 4 type 730s. You think thats could fit on Varyag?