China’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier could be set to launch on April 23—the 68th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The Type 001A carrier—thought to be named Shandong—is currently being outfitted at the Dalian shipyards in northeastern China. The vessel is a modified version of China’s first carrier—Liaoning—that was built from the decaying hulk of the Soviet Kuznetsov-class flattop Varyag.
“China’s first home-built aircraft carrier is now being fitted out, everything is going very smoothly,” defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian told the South China Morning Post. “Regarding the news [about whether the ship will be launched in time for the navy’s anniversary] I believe you won’t have to wait too long.”
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