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China first self made aircraft carrier warship started sea trials today

China first self made aircraft carrier warship started sea trials todayā€¯

BEIJING-China's first domestically produced aircraft carrier began sea trials Sunday, the latest step forward in the country's quest to advance its military footprint.

China's second aircraft carrier, known till now only as "Type 001A", set out for the trials this morning, according to official news agency Xinhua, while state broadcaster CCTV said the ship left a port in northeastern China around 6:45 am (2245 GMT Saturday). But it would still be no match in size or range to the nuclear powered vessels of the US Navy, which has 11 carriers.

China's first carrier, the Liaoning, a retrofitted Soviet-era vessel bought from the Ukraine, was hailed as the fulfillment of a "70-year dream" of the Chinese nation when it launched to much celebration in 2012. The length of the aircraft carrier is 315 meters, beam - 75 meters, displacement - 50 thousand metric tons (70 thousand when fully loaded), operating speed - 31 nautical knots.

China has sent its first home-built aircraft carrier for sea trials as the Communist government attempts to assert its military might on the world stage.

Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said: "This is clearly a landmark development, particularly in demonstrating the ambition and intention of the Chinese Government under Xi Jinping".

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Sam Roggeveen, senior fellow at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said: 'This is, in and of itself, not created to be some frontal challenge to United States power in the Asia Pacific, because it simply isn't in the class of America's aircraft carriers'.

The new carrier is based on the former Soviet Union's Kuznetsov class design, with a ski jump-style deck for taking off and a conventional oil-fueled steam turbine power plant.

The CNN report also pointed out that the vessel passing its sea trials, does not necessarily mean it is combat-ready. Chinese state media have been speculating that a third aircraft carrier is in the works, but the defence ministry has yet to confirm this.

In addition, the carrier is first built on their own.

Beijing and New Delhi have embarked on an extensive project to build a "blue water" navy and modernise its over million-strong militaries. However, a source close to the navy said it was "too early to estimate" when it would be combat ready.



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