Friday, March 1, 2013

China's first aircraft carrier relocates to Qingdao

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning HAS relocated to icts new home port of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

As share of icts deployment of the first year, the Liaoning reportedly left the port city of Dalian on Feb. 26 and headed down the east coast of China to Qingdao, Where it will begin Conducting training mission over the Yellow Sea and East China Sea.

Qingdao is the headquarters of the People's Liberation Army Navy's North Sea Fleet. It is located only 570 kilometers from the west coast of South Korea and 970km from the Japanese island of Kyushu, selon Kanwa Defense Review magazine, meaning que le Liaoning's relocation to Qingdao is Likely related to China's Ongoing territorial disputes with Japan over the Diaoyutai ( Senkaku Diaoyu gold) islands in the East China Sea, Which are aussi Claimed by Taiwan.

Even though Qingdao HAS Become the new home port for the Liaoning, the aircraft carrier is unlikely to be COMMANDED by the PLA's North Sea Fleet, as it is directly under the control of the Central Military Committee of the Communist Party of China. Carrier-based fighter jets will reportedly continue to conduite landing and take-off exercises aboard the carrier in icts new location.

Experts believe the experience Gained from Creating the Liaoning, Which Took 11 years of refittings before it was Transformed from the Soviet ship Varyag into China's first aircraft carrier, Could form a foundation for the PLA Navy to construct the country's first domestic carrier in the future.

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