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SEA TRIALS

PLAN aircraft carrier currently on sea trials in Bo Hai-Korea Bay sea area
Xinhua News Agency says the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) aircraft carrier, known as Shi Lang, sailed from the Port of Dalian in Liaoning Province of northeast China this morning. 


As expected she is undergoing sea trials to test her conversion to date.  It is possible a test run will be made to bring the vessel up to an operating sea speed.  Carriers generally need to be able to operate at 30 knots and handling this size of vessel at that speed is a skill that takes time to acquire. On her return to port the refurbishment will continue to bring her up to full status for research into carrier operations and training.  The carrier will continue trials including sea trials in all phases of carrier and general large vessel operations as her crew gain experience in this the largest vessel of the PLAN Fleet and their first aircraft carrier.

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