Russian Cruiser Varyag

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.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:14pm

Hong Kong port call 'not linked to Varyag sea trials'

The commander of the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group says the vessels' port visit to Hong Kong this weekend is in no way connected with the sea trials of China's first aircraft carrier.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Varyag's admirers get up close and personal

Military enthusiasts from across the mainland flocked to Dalian, in Liaoning province, yesterday in the hope of seeing the Varyag prepared for its first sea trial.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A 40-year dream close to becoming reality

1970 China conducts a study into the feasibility of building an aircraft carrier

1980 Vice-chief of general staff Liu Huaqing boards the US carrier Kitty Hawk

1985 China buys decommissioned Australian carrier Melbourne

1986 Liu recommends having a carrier by 2000

15 May 2011 - 12:00am