May 2019 News Navy Naval Maritime Defense Industry Posted On Monday, 27 May 2019 15:49
China’s first locally-made aircraft carrier, “Type 001A” headed out on Saturday, May 25, for its final sea trials before its formal induction into the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet later this year, local media reported.
“The likely sixth sea trial could feature comprehensive and final tests before the warship’s commissioning into the PLA Navy,” Li Jie, a military expert, told Global Times.
Chinese media on Saturday posted several unverified photographs and videos of the carrier leaving from the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province under the assistance of multiple tug boats.
A notice published Friday stated that a military mission is scheduled to begin on Friday in the Bohai Strait and in the northern part of Yellow sea, just outside Dalian where the Type 001A carrier is moored. The sector is now off limits for other ships, the report added.
The warship is said to have already successfully tested its avionics, radar and communication systems in previous trials, so it is likely fighter jets will conduct takeoffs and landings this time. Electronic warfare version of the J-15 warplane and a Z-18 helicopter were spotted on board the Type 001A as it embarked on the sea trial in March, according to reports published in that month.
After the completion of its fifth sea trial in March, the Type 001A stayed at in the Dalian Shipyard and underwent outfitting works including flight deck painting and conducted a replenishment drill within the shipyard with the supply ship Hulunhu in late April, media reported.
Li said the sixth sea trial could again test those problems that were encountered during previous trials and then solved during the past months. “If the ship can smoothly finish this trial mission, it indicates that it is basically fit to be delivered,” Li added.
Source: navyrecognition.com “Type 001A aircraft carrier of the PLA Navy in final sea trials”
Note: This is navyrecognition.com’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.
The Star discloses in its report “Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage” based on CCTV report that China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier has a displacement of 70,000 tons greater than the 58,600 tons of the Liaoning in service of PLAN, but a little slower with a speed of 31 knots than Liaoning’s 32 knots.
Other improvements include a bigger hangar that can accommodate up to 32 J-15 fighter jets, six more than the Liaoning and a two-level bridge with bigger windows.
The ship underwent its recent fifth sea trial of full test and demonstration of its command system and combat capabilities from February 27 to March 5 while its docking, power, combat and logistics functions have already been fully tested in previous sea trials.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on The Star’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2019/04/22/details-of-new-chinese-aircraft-carrier-revealed-in-sea-trial-footage-aired-on-state-tv/.
Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report “Homegrown aircraft carrier begins its third sea trial! Bringing with it a special warship” today that Hong Kong’s takungpao.com says on October 28 that China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier set out for its third sea trial in the morning of that day. China’s national flag and a “Being Tested” flag have been raised on the ship.
According to some photos on the internet, the carrier is accompanied for the first time by Chinese navy’s logistics support ship No. 89.
The report says in addition that according to Taiwan’s CTnews, the photo of the site shows the carrier has installed arrest cables and whip-shaped antenna and there are models of various carrier-borne aircrafts on the ship’s flight deck.
The ship conducted its first sea trial for 5 days from May 13 and second for 10 days from August 26. CTnews expects that the third trial will also take 10 days.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com ““Homegrown aircraft carrier begins its third sea trial! Bringing with it a special warship” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese).
In its report “Type 001A: China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier on final sea run to combat readiness” today, SCMP says that China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier has set out from Dalian for its second sea trial for 6 to 12 months.
It quotes Hong Kong-based military expert Song Zhongping as saying,“This time the focus will be on testing the endurance of the new aircraft carrier’s propulsion system. The communications, command, damage control, lift operations and weapon systems will also be examinated.”
According to Song, the carrier will be handed over to Chinese Navy soon after it completed the second trial.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161567/chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier-final-sea-run
SCMP says in its report “China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier set to carry out maiden sea trial” yesterday that according to anonymous Chinese naval source, China’s first homegrown Type 001A aircraft carrier will conduct its maiden sea voyage in April.
The report says, “Last month, Liu Zheng, chairman of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC), confirmed at sideline of the annual National People’s Congress that the Type 001A was ready for sea trials.”
The source says that the sea trial will preferably be carried out before April 23, the 69th anniversary of the founding of Chinese navy, but it depends on hydrological and tidal conditions. A high tide level will be helpful.
According to another source close to Chinese navy, the test will be a short one on its basic functions to test its power systems, damage control, radar, communication, etc.
It has first to ensure there is no leaking as the hull of the ship is made of a special Chinese steel that has not been tested yet. If no leaking has been found, there will be a second test for one or two days.
Source: SCMP “China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier set to carry out maiden sea trial” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report)