Chinese PLA Navy Shandong Type 001A aircraft carrier conducts sea trials

May News 2020 Navy Naval Maritime Defense Industry

Posted On Sunday, 31 May 2020 10:25

During a press conference that was held on Friday May 29, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, has announced that the Chinese Navy (PLA People’s Liberation Armed Forces) is conducting sea trials for aircraft carrier Type 001A Shandong in accordance with the arrangement of the annual trial plan, said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson of China Mod (Ministry of Defense).

China’s first indigenously-built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A Shandong left the Dalian Shipyard in northeast China’s Liaoning Province for military missions at sea on May 25. This is its maiden voyage for training since commissioned five months ago, marking that the Shandong has primarily formed combat effectiveness.

The training is to test the performance of weapons and equipment and improve the level of aircraft carrier training, so as to further enhance the troops’ ability to perform missions and tasks, Senior Colonel Ren said.

The Shandong Type 001A is a first-generation Chinese aircraft carrier that was launched on 26 April 2017 for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is the second aircraft carrier built by the Chinese naval defense industry after the completion of Liaoning.

China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, entered service in 2012. China’s second aircraft carrier (and its first fully indigenously built carrier), Shandong Type 001A, entered service on December 17, 2019.

The Shandong is a modified version of the Liaoning design that incorporates some design improvements, including features that reportedly will permit it to embark and operate a larger air wing of 40 aircraft that includes 36 fighters. Its displacement is estimated at 66,000 to 70,000 tons.

China’s primary carrier-based fighter aircraft is the J-15 or Flying Shark, an aircraft derived from the Russian Su-33 Flanker aircraft design that can operate from carriers equipped with a ski ramp rather than catapults. China reportedly plans to develop a carrier-capable variant of its J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter and/or a carrier-capable variant of its FC-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter to complement or succeed the J-15 on catapult-equipped Chinese carriers. China reportedly is also developing a carrier-based stealth drone aircraft.

Source: Navy Recognition “Chinese PLA Navy Shandong Type 001A aircraft carrier conducts sea trials”

Note: This is Navy Recongnition’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

2 Comments on “Chinese PLA Navy Shandong Type 001A aircraft carrier conducts sea trials”

  1. Joseph says:

    Well, it has the J-15 aircraft that National Interest quotes it doesn’t have, after all. Those J-15s must be on stealth mode that the National Interest’s writers do not even know about them. It is very different case with American aircraft carriers. Despite boasting four, or sometimes eleven, or sometimes twenty aircraft carriers, the American cannot even afford full squadrons of F/A-18 for all its aircraft carriers. The USS John Stennis and USS Carl Vinson were deployed on the SCS without any aircrafts and only skeleton crews. And before long, American aircraft carriers are not a threat anymore since they won’t be having any aircraft on board. Now even the remaining squadrons aboard the newer aircraft carriers are compromised. Apparently, the American does not even have money to ‘research’ sixth generation fighter jet, so they propose to sacrifice the remaining F/A-18 squadrons in order to scrape some money for the R&D. That would go down well, without Chinese scientists researching, the money would go to cheese and wine instead, and perhaps some Playstation and XBox. After all, when the American scientists said that they are progressing, means it is their game, not R&D, that is progressing. Is this what Endless Frontier act really means?


  2. chankaiyee2 says:

    In reply to Talk-is-cheap

    Your comment is deleted as it is irrelevant.


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