China: Aircraft carrier held drills in South China Sea
Military source says drills provided ‘important experience in build-up of combat capability’ of aircraft carrier formation
By Fuat Kabakci
China’s military confirmed Tuesday that the country’s first aircraft carrier and its naval formation have held takeoff and landing drills in the South China Sea.
Earlier this month, the Liaoning aircraft carrier and accompanying warships set sail for the Western Pacific, passing through the disputed sea -- prompting Japan and Taiwan to announce that they were monitoring its activities.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua cited a military source as saying Tuesday that J-15 fighter jets and several ship-borne helicopters were involved in the "cross-sea area" training exercise.
The source did not provide additional details about the drills and aircraft
In recent weeks, the Liaoning had conducted training -- including its first live-fire exercise earlier this month -- in the Yellow Sea, the Bohai
The Liaoning is a refitted Russian-made carrier delivered from Ukraine to China’s People's Liberation Army in September 2012.
In January, the national defense ministry announced that China is designing and building its second aircraft carrier, a 50,000-ton carrier that would be
China has been modernizing its naval capacity at a time when the United States and its allies -- including Japan -- are expressing alarm at its maritime expansion, which they suspect is aimed at extending its military reach.
China has conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea with several countries in Southeast Asia, and to an island chain in the East China Sea with Japan.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.