China's first domestically-built aircraft carrier set out from a dock of Dalian Shipyard, northeast China's Liaoning Province, for sea trials Sunday morning.
The ownership of a homegrown carrier locations China amongst the few military powers with such vessels, consisting of the United States, Russia and Britain. Its design was based on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was bought from Ukraine and refurbished.
Naval experts said the Chinese engineers and designers who built the ship had studied the most advanced military technology used by the Americans, as well as the former Soviet Union, and tried to incorporate it into the new ship to meet the practical needs of the PLA Navy.
AFP reports that a third air-craft carrier is widely speculated to be in the early phase of construction, but that Beijing has yet to confirm such reports.
However, even with the potential development of further carriers, it could still be years before China's navy is able to deploy its fleet effectively, said Mr Tsang.
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The colossal vessel, which displaces 50,000 metric tons, left the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry's shipyard in Liaoning province about 7 am amid thick fog with the assistance of several tugboats before navigating into the sea under its own power. This new steam propulsion system has been fitted on Type 002.
CSIC Group's 701 design office may have conducted a lot of design changes to this second aircraft carrier compared to Liaoning, but the two ships can still be considered sisterships.
In Hong Kong media claimed that the Chinese Navy past year began construction of a third aircraft carrier, equipped with modern catapult for faster take-off aircraft on the basis of the electromagnetic system.
China has developed a new jet fighter called A J-15 fighter to operate from the decks of its carriers. Little is known about this new commander but unofficial sources indicate that LAI is "very intelligent" and has a "very good level in English".
The new carrier's name and hull code remain unknown as the People's Liberation Army Navy usually makes public such information only once a ship is commissioned.