The Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: WeiboThe Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: Weibo
The Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: Weibo

What’s in a name? A history lesson in the case of China’s new aircraft carrier the Shandong

  • Warship is named after the province where it will be based, but it also carries a message aimed at reminding the PLA Navy to learn from past humiliations
  • It was commissioned on the anniversary of the Beiyang Fleet, which was wiped out by the Japanese navy in 1895

Topic |   China's military weapons
The Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: WeiboThe Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: Weibo
The Shandong has entered service after a ceremony in Sanya, Hainan province on December 17. Photo: Weibo
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