Thursday, August 11, 2011

China reaffirms its military power with the launch of its first aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier, purchased from Ukraine in 1998, started on Wednesday its maiden voyage sailing from northeastern Dalian port, a fact that culminates 70 years of longing from the Navy and with the country's armed forces want to reaffirm its military power. After a long process of repair and updating, and ending years of speculation in the media, the military vessel left the port of Dalian in Liaoning Province (northeast) and did a brief tour before returning to port.

It was initially speculated that the ship would have open water baptism on 1 July, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, but apparently a number of technical problems delayed the exercise. Also toyed with the August 1, day of the Chinese armed forces, but again probably be delays associated with the arrival off the coast of Dalian Typhoon Muifa '.

The carrier began to be built in 1985 by the Soviet Union, who christened the ship as 'Varyag' (the name will be changed by China, but has not yet been made official its new name). After the fall of the USSR, the Ukrainian ship became the property was acquired and China 13 years ago, something that China did before with other old Soviet aircraft carrier, although the former were used as museums or tourist attractions.

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