China's aircraft carrier ends sea trials
China's first aircraft carrier is shown in port in Dalian on August 4.
August 15th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

China's aircraft carrier ends sea trials

China's first aircraft carrier was back in port Monday after completing four days of sea trials.

Seven tugboats pulled the vessel, a platform China acquired from Ukraine, into the port of Dalian on Sunday morning. The carrier's radar was visible, but weapons systems were concealed under sheets, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

A Chinese military expert told the People's Daily Online that the radar system, called the "Chinese Aegis" in reference to its sophisticated U.S. Navy counterpart, is one of the most advanced deployed by any navy.

The Chinese military has not given details of what was tested during the trials, but China Central Television said engines, navigation and weapons systems, and fire-control and life-saving systems were likely to be checked.

People's Daily Online, citing China Navy Military Academy researcher Li Jie, said some unmanned aircraft may have landed on the carrier during the sea trials.

People's Daily Online said that when completed, the carrier will be able to carry 30 J-15 fighter planes and will have a crew of 2,000.

The refitting of the carrier, which has yet to be named, will be continued in the Dalian port, Chinese media reported.

China bought the shell of the carrier, then called the Varyag, from Ukraine in 1998. Its construction was begun under the Soviet military before the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The carrier has become a tourist draw in Dalian, Xinhua reported, with citizens converging on the port to catch a glimpse.

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  1. kulai

    All these negative comments are nothing more than jealousy at China's military progress.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Very well put, kulai. The people you're referring to are just mindless Tea Partiers who can't think their way out of a wet paper bag!!!

      August 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle H. Davis

      @kulai – Jealousy? Of what? Their ability to purchase Soviet era military equipment? Or the fact that it takes them longer to refurbish the ship than it did to originally build?

      Been living here for a decade now, and I'm not jealous or worried about China's military "progress".

      @George Patton – Wow... break out the aluminum foil hat. Has it really gotten to the point where paranoid liberals label anyone who has a different opinion as being "tea partiers"? Or are you simply saying what those conservatives have been saying for years – liberals support Communism?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      negative or otherwise, the reality is that China is building their infrastructure on the rest of the world's technology. They have an extremely active and effective tech theft program. Whether they could create this stuff on their own is irrelevant. It is cheaper and faster to just copy it. Not always effective, but the investment is relatively low compared to the original research.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      its not Chinese carriers we should is their submarines. Not too long ago they surfaced a diesel sub right in the middle of one of our "undetectable carrier groups". If they had the mind to sink our carrier they would have. I believe the carrier group commander was relieved of command on that one... I guess the point is carriers are very quickly becoming obsolete. instead of carrier born strike aircraft you will see submarine born cruise missles, and in next 20 years or so i believe you will see "rods from God", with the Air Forces new space bomber (this really is closer than you would think).

      September 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. kigol

    i hope it shall not be used to harass fishermens and small countries in southeast asian nations particularly west philippine sea.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abu

      It will be used to harass spy boats pretending to be research boats.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. google it, J18

    1. The Chinese denied they bought this ship only a few years ago.
    2. The Chinese now claim that they have it, but it will only be used for training purposes.
    3. The ramp at the front (invented by the British) is to assist in the take off of their new jump jet the J18, which they also deny exist.
    4. If you believe anything that the Chinese official new media tells you, you are an idiot.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ali

      thanks captain obvious. who cares?

      August 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abu

      Are you supposed to believe anything that any army in the world tells you? Only dummies like you would believe the US defence and the CIA, and Bush regerding WMD in Iraq. Weren't they lying too?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gupsphoo

    A short trial just like the one they had with their high speed rail system.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Abu

    Congratulations to China for making an important milestone. Better late than never.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kyle H. Davis

    It's sort of amazing how CNN will put out puff pieces on China, straight to the front page, and have them there even after the comments have been closed (Like that moronic piece about some guy writing a book after spending 4 years in Beijing). Or, they put out pieces like this, that have no news whatsoever...


    When it comes to any actual news coming out of China, it is a day late, dollar short, and gone within hours. Where did the piece go about the protests in Dalian?

    It seems to me that repeating stories about China's "military rise" – through reverse engineering, or purchasing Soviet era ships, is a little outdated. Yet tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets of Dalian is a little more newsworthy.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Smithee

    Wide spread human rights abuses by the brutal PRC Communist regime:

    August 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Smithee

    Wide spread human rights abuses by the brutal PRC Communist regime:

    August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike Smithee

    Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China

    August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Smithee

    Wide spread human rights abuses by the brutal PRC Communist regime:

    August 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |

      Can you prove any of it, Mike Smithee? Those photos could have been taken anywhere! You right-wing fanatics will stop at nothing to spred your propaganda and brainwash the rest of us!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Our submarine fleet refers to these as "targets".

    August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JC

    In other news, a private US company recently invented a giant diaper large enough to contain all the excrement being dished in this post by both Republican fools and Democratic morons. It's being called congress, and is already showing signs of needing changed.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. r.ortiz

    china has always abused its own people brain washing them with their teachings starting with mao, and ending with the present country leaders, the world has to know what is going on, countries like iran, which also violate human rigths must realize they are destroying their own race, god save these people and help them to stand up against these forms of govt.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. r.ortiz

    dont censore my comments about how the brutal form of goverment in china and iran are unless you are one of them, dont stop my comments this is america!

    September 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vanantorn

    It was a big deal for everybody. The idea of a debt niclieg is to place a limit on how much the government can borrow. and debt niclieg fight has more than a few individuals concerned about how much the United States has to pay. Many wonder if the common pick for the country that owns America China will leave the United States in its wake. But Business Insider makes a point that China is not what many believe it is. China is a player, but the real solution to the country that owns America is really America. We own our own debt.

    April 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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