The First Aircraft Carrier of China
Liaoning is a refurbished former Soviet Union ship purchased by the Chinese government from Ukraine.The vessel underwent years of refitting efforts to install engines, weapons, as well as a year-long sea trial.Major general Du Wenlong is with the PLA Academy of Military Science.China’s overseas interests have been increasing, so we want to establish a navy capacity that suits the size of our country. Furthermore, we will have more tasks in the future to safeguard our territory and our people’s interests.We will learn from Liaoning, which will contribute to the development of big vessels and combat missions at sea.Liaoning was formally handed over to the navy at a ceremony at the port of Dalian, attended by President Hu Jintaoand Premier Wen Jiabao.
Wen Jiabao said that the development of carriers is an important part of China’s national defence modernization. The delivery made China the tenth country in the world and the last among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to have an aircraft carrier in active service.