China’s First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Conducting Sea Trials In Yellow Sea

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China's First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Conducting Sea Trials In Yellow Sea

China’s homemade carrier, known as Type 001A, at the Dalian Shipyard after it returned from its second sea trial in September. Photo: Weibo via VCG

On October 28, China’s frist homemade aircraft carrier started sea trials in the Yellow Sea, according to Chinese media and local sources. This is the third round of sea trials for the Type 001A aircraft carrier. Nonetheless, the exact route of the trial in the north of the Yellow Sea remains unknown.

The first two rounds of sea trials allowed the Type 001A aircraft carrier allowed to test its steam turbines and powerplant. The third round of the trials is set to include the further stress tests, tests of the weapons, control and communication systems as well as combat and logistic aircraft on board.

China's First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Conducting Sea Trials In Yellow Sea

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  • Sinbad2

    You need a steam catapult guys, it’s the only way to launch heavy planes.

    • Ivan Freely

      Their catapult carrier is being constructed in Shanghai. Currently modules are being built and assembly won’t take place until next year.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Not sure the rationale of having so many CVN’s when neither able seamen could man them all or available airwings fill their decks?

    • Ivan Freely

      It’s all about timing. I believe the Chinese have been building up their naval airwing, but it’s impossible to say due to the media blackout that they have on their military buildup.

      • Dick Von Dast’Ard

        I was actually thinking along the lines of the USN and USA.

  • Ivan Freely

    Ah, the 3rd sea trial was recently completed last week.