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Aircraft Carriers

US navy retires 'super carrier' USS Enterprise

After half a century on the high seas, the oldest warship in the American fleet, the USS Enterprise, is returning to port for the last time.

Monday, 5 November, 2012, 4:14am

China's first aircraft carrier set for extended sea trials

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, will undergo a longer period of sea trials than those already conducted by the company that refitte it before it can train with planes, submarines and frigates to form a battle group, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday.

27 Sep 2012 - 9:26am 1 comment

First aircraft carrier could be in use by National Day

China's first aircraft carrier could be officially operational by National Day (October 1), says a senior naval researcher.

The vessel has yet to be given a Chinese name. It was built using the hull of an unfinished Soviet carrier, the Varyag, which Beijing acquired in 2002.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Carrier only a first step, experts say

The aircraft carrier Varyag's maiden voyage is an important first step in developing a blue-water navy, but China has a long way to go before establishing an aircraft carrier battle group, a military experts says.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Into uncharted waters

Owning an aircraft carrier has been the aspiration for generations of Chinese, especially within the People's Liberation Army.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

China's carrier no cause for alarm

China's worst-kept secret, its first aircraft carrier, started trials yesterday, making the plainest of statements about the country's ambitions. Although further proof of prowess and a milestone for the People's Liberation Army, the occasion was low-key, in keeping with its declared role in training and research.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A transparent military carries more credibility

A major power such as China, with its long borders, heavy dependence on maritime trade and painful history of invasion, has every right to maintain a potent defence force. In this context, its desire to build an aircraft carrier makes sense.

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Aircraft carrier

Airports at sea

Think of an aircraft carrier as a moving airport at sea. The big ones can carry about 70 planes and helicopters.

There are only 22 of them in the world because they are very expensive to build. But they are useful because they allow aircraft to cover a wider area. The planes don't need to take off from airports in foreign countries.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Ship's design expected to follow Russian model

Nine nations in the world have aircraft carriers, but they vary greatly in capacity and design.

Leading the pack are the United States' nuclear-powered 'supercarriers'. At the other end of the spectrum is the Thai Royal Navy's helicopter carrier, which is never fully armed and rarely put to sea.

Now the mainland is planning to build one of its own.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Carrier could trigger arms race, says expert

Beijing's decision to build its first aircraft carrier battle group may trigger a 'carrier race' in Asia, military experts say.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am