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The handover ceremony of the 300-metre (990-foot) ship, a former Soviet carrier called the Varyag, took place in northeast China's port of Dalian after a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported.
During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow and the navy's colours on its stern, the short online report said.
A ceremony to place the ship into active service would be held sometime in the future, the paper said without elaboration.
China's defence ministry was unavailable to comment on the ceremony.
Originally posted by DaesDaemar
The navy finally has the ship, but no information on what systems it is likely to operate.
Want Daily quoted the Qianjiang Evening News in Hangzhou as reporting that full-size models of J-15 fighter and three types of missile — the KJ-88, YJ-83K and YJ-91 — could be seen aboard the aircraft carrier, suggesting that the sea trials of the vessel itself have been completed and the next stage of a trial for onboard weapons has been launched.
"If we consider our neighbors, India will have three aircraft carriers by 2014 and Japan will have three carriers by 2014," General Luo was quoted as saying by Beijing News. "So I think the number (for China) should not be less than three so we can defend our rights and our maritime interests effectively."
Originally posted by Sablicious
At the risk of playing the devil's advocate, the US might want to 'preëmptively strike' before they're faced with a comparable military force with incomparably larger army.
Originally posted by RizeorDie
Nice, delivered 2 years ahead of schedule; or was China just talking air like how they said they bought a russian aircraft carrier to make it into a hotel?!.. only to later refurbish it into an aircraft carrier..
either way, it seems China needs to keep up the pace since India and Japan have already started their carrier programmes, and the US is unbeatable in that sector
Originally posted by GarrusVasNormandy
Just in time to calm down the recent island disputes between Japan and China.
This is something to pay attention to, since they could show this new toy to the Japanese amid the dispute for the islands.