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Cradle for a Stronger Navy
With the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier recently handed over to the People's Liberation Army Navy, the long-standing goal of the Chinese navy from the late 1920s has finally come true, much to the joy and fulfillment of in-service and old-generation naval personnel and the people of China
Here Comes the Liaoning

The Liaoning is a conventionally powered carrier rebuilt from the former Ukrainian vessel Varyag. After 10 years of refitting, the aircraft carrier conducted its first sea trial in August 2011. Before its commissioning, the vessel had undergone 10 sea trials, with the longest one lasting 25 days in July

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The Liaoning

- Overall Length: > 300 meters

- Beam: >70 meters

- Displacement: >50,000 tons (standard)

- Crew number: >1,000

- Holding capacity: Fixed-wing fighters and helicopters

- Captain: Senior Captain Zhang Zheng

- Political commissar: Senior Captain Mei Wen

(Source: PLA Daily)

The PLA Navy
- The PLA Navy was founded in 1949, with two fleets made up of 20 poorly equipped vessels. Four years later, China purchased four advanced ships from the Soviet Union. Over the next two decades, they became the PLA Navy's most powerful surface ships.

- The 1970s saw the PLA Navy move away from importing and imitating other countries' ships to designing and producing vessels on its own. China has developed three generations of home-produced surface ships since then.
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