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One Landing Does Not Make a Carrier

Last Sunday China’s leadership announced that a J-15 tactical jet had landed on the Liaoning, the refitted Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag, for the first time. The news came as little surprise. The flattop has been in commission for over a year now and has undergone a series of sea trials preparing it to conduct flight operations.

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VIDEO: China's J-15 Taking Off And Landing Aboard Its New Aircraft Carrier

Minnie Chan of the South China Morning Post reported last week on China's first aircraft carrier takeoff and landings on the Liaoning.

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China's Liaoning aircraft carrier completes test-landing of jets

The People's Liberation Army had successfully conducted the first landing tests of the J-15 fighter jet on its sole aircraft carrier, Xinhua said yesterday. The Chinese-made J-15 fighter landed on the Liaoning carrier, formerly known as the Varyag, during recent exercises, it said. The ship's crew had completed more than 100 tests and training exercises since the vessel was formally commissioned to the navy on September 25, it said.

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New Naval Era Dawns as China’s Carrier Launches First Jet

China's aircraft carrier has launched and landed her first jet fighters, as shown in photos and videos released over the weekend by Beijing's state media.

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Liaoning, China's First Aircraft Carrier, Begins Flight Training

Chinese pilots are believed to have been practicing carrier operations on mock flight decks located inland. The carrier is the former Soviet navy's unfinished Varyag, which was towed from Ukraine in 1998 minus its engines, weaponry and navigation systems.

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China's first aircraft carrier leaves port

China's first aircraft carrier sailed from the port of Dalian in Northeastern China on Friday evening. This is the Liaoning's first voyage since it was delivered to the People's Liberation Army on September 25.

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Expert: China's aircraft carrier outdoes Russia's in weapon quality

When asked about the differences between the Liaoning and Russia's aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, Cui said that the Liaoning was refitted from the Varyag, the sister ship of the Admiral Kuznetsov. Both ships were produced by the former Soviet Union. The Admiral Kuznetsov was in fact the first aircraft carrier independently built by the former Soviet Union, and many of its design flaws were corrected in the Varyag.

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Chinese Aircraft Carrier: Capacity Building And National Pride – Analysis

The first Chinese aircraft carrier, refurbished out of the Varyag unfinished Ukrainian carrier, sailed for its 10th sea trial on 28 August 2012. The Chinese official news agency Xinhua, while putting this fact out in the public domain cited its naval experts as surmising that the 304 meter long carrier with a beam (width) of 37 meters and displacing 58,500 tons, will be inducted into the naval service later this year.

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The process of building an operational aircraft carrier

After Varyag was purchased from Ukraine, it underwent a long refit. Transforming the aircraft carrier demands new knowledge, technology and materials, such as comprehensive designs, engines and radars. Developing these technological capacities needs the support of the entire country.

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China's first aircraft carrier enters service

The 300m (990ft) Liaoning - named after the province where it was refitted - is a refurbished Soviet ship purchased from Ukraine.

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Introducing the ‘Liaoning’: China’s New Aircraft Carrier and What it Means

China’s first aircraft carrier, now referred to as the “Liaoning ” by China’s Ministry of National Defense, has been officially “delivered and commissioned” to China’s navy, according official Chinese media. The handover ceremony, with top Chinese leaders presiding, took place on the morning of September 25 at a naval base in Dalian, a port city in northeast China’s Liaoning province.

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China's first aircraft carrier platform delivered to Navy on September 23

The carrier, built on former Ukrainian vessel Varyag, is capable of carrying around 30 fixed wing fighters and helicopters and a crew of about 2,000. And the hull number, "16," has been painted on the ship recently.

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Carrier handed over to PLA as tensions climb

China's first aircraft carrier was handed over yesterday to the navy of the People's Liberation Army amid rising tensions over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas.

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Stronger Chinese navy worries neighbors, US

The best view of China’s new flagship, which inspires fear in its enemies, could recently be had from a window on the fourth floor of an IKEA store in Dalian, a port city in northeastern China. Here, someone had scratched out a viewing hole in the opaque film masking the window, providing a view of the pier across the way — and of the Varyag.

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The Carrier Dilemma: How Many is Enough?

Reports on Monday indicated that the PLAN has finally settled on a name for its aircraft carrier, heretofore known as the ex-Varyag. While speculation included names such as “Beijing,” “Mao Zedong,” and “Shi Lang,” the PLAN instead decided to adopt a relatively conventional naming strategy, dubbing the refurbished Soviet-era carrier “Liaoning” in honor of the province that has hosted the warship’s refit.

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Varyag trial stirs up Cold War feeling for foreign watchers

China's first aircraft carrier, originally the Ukrainian Varyag, set off for its 10th sea trial Monday. The carrier, since its low-profile debut in July 2011, has been followed closely by overseas observers.

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China's aircraft carrier begins 10th sea trail

By He Shan After an almost one-month hiatus, China's aircraft carrier Varyag departed from Dalian Port yesterday to embark on its 10th sea trial.

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China's Aircraft Carrier to Have a Provincial Name

China's first aircraft carrier will be commissioned by the end of the year and is very likely to be named after one of China's provinces, a military expert said Wednesday.

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Aircraft carrier home after longest trial

China's aircraft carrier, known as the Varyag, has completed its ninth sea trial, the longest yet, and returned to the Port of Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province yesterday.

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Taiwan keeping eye on sea trials of China's aircraft carrier

Taiwan is paying close attention to the development of China's first aircraft carrier, including its sea trails, a defense official said Sunday as the trails have reportedly become more frequent recently.

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China's aircraft carrier completes 7th sea trial

China’s first aircraft carrier, the "Varyag" has completed its seventh sea trial. This most recent sea trial began on May 23 and lasted for more than 200 hours, and comes only 8 days from the previous one.

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China's carrier set for commissioning

China will commission its first aircraft carrier into active although limited service Aug. 1.

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China's New Aircraft Carrier Is One Step Closer To Landing Planes

Photographs of China's J-15 Flying Shark jet sitting on the flight deck of the former Varyag aircraft carrier surfaced on China's Internet late last month, and now it looks like the gear to help it land are being installed on the flight deck.

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Six Monks vs. One Warship

The Chinese carrier, formerly called the Varyag, was bought 15 years ago by a businessman with a travel company in Hong Kong. He paid a reported $20 million for the ship — at that point it had no engines — and towed it from a Ukrainian shipyard with the intention of turning the hulk into a floating hotel and casino.

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Ex-Varyag Carrier may join PLA Navy in 2012

Xu Hongmeng, Deputy Naval Commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) told media that sea trials for China's first aircraft carrier were carried out smoothly, and the PLA "has a plan" to make it enter service this year.

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China's navy to take delivery of first aircraft carrier this year

A senior colonel with the Chinese navy confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier would be handed over to the navy this year but would not enter full service, the Hong Kong China News Agency reported Thursday.

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China's J-15 Has Been Spotted On The Deck Of The Varyag

China bought this former Soviet carrier and modeled its new J-15 on the Soviet Su-33 planning to use the Varyag's jump deck to launch its new jets.

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China's 65,000-Ton Secret

An Admiral Kuznetsov-class warship, the vessel was to be 1,000 feet long, with a displacement of 65,000 tons. For a carrier of that vintage, the Varyag would be a middleweight, envisioned as the platform for several dozen short-takeoff, vertical-landing fighter jets, as well as 8 or 10 helicopters.