Naval News – China’s second Aircraft Carrier Shandong (CV-17) begins Sea Trials

Shandong 4

China’s new aircraft carrier for the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N), the Type 001A Shandong (CV-17) officially began sea trials on Sunday 13 April 2018.

The 65,ooo-ton carrier, launched in April 2017 left the Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province earlier today, where she was built by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

Like her predecessor the Liaoning, Shandong will operate a ski-jump assisted Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) launch system. The new carrier will be able to embark up to 24 Shenyang J-15 multirole fighters (a variant of the Sukhoi Su-33 shown below) and to up to ten helicopters (Changshe Z-18, Ka-31, or Harbin Z-9).

J-15

Once commissioned, the Shandong is expected to serve in either the North Sea Fleet or East Sea Fleet.

You can find out more about the ship here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_001A_aircraft_carrier

 

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