The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout

First made-in-China aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially enters service

  • The country’s second carrier is commissioned by President Xi Jinping in southern Hainan province
  • Ceremony marks significant step forward in China’s plan to expand its navy’s power amid tensions in sensitive areas such as South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

Topic |   China's aircraft carriers
The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
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