China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

"The new carrier, the first domestically-built one, was transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony that started at about 9 a.m.in Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp", Chinese state-media Xinhua reported.

The new carrier's name and hull code have yet to be released.

The photos and report indicate the ship has a ski jump and angled flight deck to allow aircraft to take off quickly, and a Chinese report claimed the ship's hangars were reworked to allow for added storage, potentially as many as 28 to 36 total aircraft.

"Putting the carrier into water marked progress in China's efforts to design and build a domestic aircraft carrier", Xinhua said in its report.

The speed at which China has been able to construct the newest addition to its navy suggests the Chinese are quickly learning how to better build the massive warships. "So we need at least five to six aircraft carriers".

An editorial in Global Times said India was "too impatient" to develop an aircraft carrier despite not being well-equipped - financially as well as technologically.

Hong Kong-based military expert Liang Guoliang said China plans to produce two Type 002 carriers, each with a displacement of 85,000 tons, which would make them the biggest Chinese carriers.

Yesterday China celebrated the 68 anniversary of its navy establishment. "The country is still in its initial stage of industrialisation, and there will be many technical obstacles that stand in the way of a build-up of aircraft carriers", the article said, according to the Press Trust of India. China's pursuit of military development has been in "sync" with its overall economic development, the article said.

"As the world's second-largest economy, China is now capable of building a strong navy to safeguard the security of strategic maritime channels".

The development is also considered an important moment for India, which - with just a single carrier in the INS Vikramaditya - will now face a numerical disadvantage in terms of carriers.

It is expected to carry China's indigenous J-15 aircraft, along with other planes.

The conventionally powered aircraft carrier would be the second for China after the Liaoning, a remodeled former Soviet Union vessel that went into service in 2012 for crew training and studies.

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