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China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning

China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning October 16, 2019

China’s indigenously-built Type 001A aircraft carrier is near commissioning according to Global Times.  The carrier has carried out its eighth series of sea trials.

The Type 001A aircraft carrier set out on Tuesday morning from the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, according to multiple, unverified photos that surfaced on Chinese social media.

Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the likely eighth sea trial could examine if the warship is ready for final delivery and if problems encountered in previous trials have been eliminated.

The trial phase of the Type 001A has taken longer than some military observers had expected. A number of analysts had predicted it would be commissioned earlier.

The aircraft carrier set out for its first sea trial in May 2018, some 17 months ago. By comparison, China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, underwent 10 sea trials in 13 months before its commissioning.

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