Car­rier’s train­ing trip is deemed a suc­cess

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BEIJING >> China’s sole air­craft car­rier has re­turned home fol­low­ing a far-rang­ing three-week train­ing mis­sion dur­ing which its com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties were closely scru­ti­nized and spec­u­la­tion soared over what fu­ture role the flat­top will play amid China’s grow­ing mil­i­tary am­bi­tions.

The De­fense Min­istry said the 60,000-ton Liaon­ing sailed in to the east­ern port of Qing­dao on Fri­day along with its bat­tle group. The group’s com­man­der, Rear Adm. Chen Yueqi, was quoted as say­ing the drill sim­u­lated real com­bat as closely as pos­si­ble and “achieved all tar­gets set for it.”

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