The second aircraft carrier of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the Type 001, has begun its first sea trials to prepare it for entry into active service. China’s Xinhua news stated regarding the development: “Our country’s second aircraft carrier set sail from its dock in the Dalian shipyard for relevant waters to conduct a sea trial mission, mainly to inspect and verify the reliability and stability of mechanical systems and other equipment.” The carrier represents the first to be built fully indigenously, with its predecessor the Liaoling purchased partly built from Ukraine and completed in China. The warship was launched on April 26th 2017, and outfitting with weapons and internal systems was completed on April 25th 2018. It is set to be commissioned in to service in late 2018.

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