|PLAN Shi Lang|
This satellite photo arrived on the NAUTICAL LOG desk this evening. It shows the Chinese PLAN Shi Lang underway in the Yellow sea.
As China's first aircraft carrier she is a refurbished Soviet era vessel (Varyag) by way of the Ukraine. Now there are confirmed reports of the Chinese building a second aircraft carrier themselves with a third planned or maybe already being built.
It is Christmas time and we still have over 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia - no Christmas or anything else much for them.