Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Varyag makes maiden voyage from Dalian for sea trials

Varyag pictured pierside in Dalian, 17th April 2011. Photo © Reuters

The former Soviet Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier Varyag, refusbished by China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has left its berth at Dalian, China at 5.09am on Wednesday the 10th of August 2011 for its maiden sea trials. It is expected that the sea trials will last a few days.

The Chinese government's official news agency Xinhua has reported that “China’s refitted 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 [sic] 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.”

Meanwhile, Andrew S. Erickson over at The China Signpost has highlighted a few things to watch out for during the still-unnamed carrier's maiden voyage.

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