Monday, March 12, 2012

Varyag sea trials a success; to enter PLAN service in 2012?

Varyag at sea. (Photo: Digitalglobe)

The Deputy Naval Commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army has said that sea trials for China’s first aircraft carrier were carried out smoothly and the Navy is planning for the refurbished former Varyag to enter service this year. The ship made it's maiden voyage last August, with further sea trials having been carried out since then.

It's worth noting that the state media in China has not referred to the carrier by the name "Shi Lang" (施琅) which many Western press outlets have called it. Deliberate obfuscation, or is the name really a figment of the West's imagination?

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