Air­craft car­rier wraps up de­but voy­age

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China’s first do­mes­ti­cally de­signed air­craft car­rier com­pleted its de­but sea trial on May 18 and re­turned to a ship­yard in Liaon­ing prov­ince’s coastal city of Dalian. The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Navy said in a brief state­ment that the five-day trial, which started on May 13 and aimed to demon­strate the re­li­a­bil­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of the car­rier’s propul­sion sys­tems, came to an end around 12 pm on May 18 as the colos­sal ves­sel sailed back to a port of Dalian Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Co, the ship’s builder. The state­ment did not elab­o­rate on the trial, which was be­gun in a de­lib­er­ate low-pro­file man­ner but still made head­lines around the world over the past week.

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