It was the Liaoning's first long-distance training mission since being commissioned last year, amid concerns about China's growing naval power. The official Xinhua news agency said the carrier "underwent a comprehensive test of its combat system and conducted a formation practice."
Xinhua quoted unnamed naval sources as saying the 37-day trip "attained the anticipated objectives," and that all tests "went well as scheduled."
Thursday, January 02, 2014
China Carrier Returns After First Voyage
China's first aircraft carrier returned to port after its first voyage to the South China Sea. The Liaoning made it back after a brief scare. One of its escorts almost hit an American warship in international waters. It's a large step for the Chinese, who are prepping a second carrier.
Posted by Pundit