Largest aircraft carrier begins sea trial

By Zhao Lei | China Daily | Updated: 2024-05-02 07:27
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China's third aircraft carrier, the CNS Fujian, is towed by a tugboat from the dock at China State Shipbuilding Corp's Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai on Wednesday, on its way to its first sea trial. PU HAIYANG/XINHUA

The CNS Fujian, China's third aircraft carrier, embarked on its maiden sea trial on Wednesday morning, according to the People's Liberation Army Navy.

The PLA Navy announced the development in a brief statement, without elaborating on details such as schedule and location of the trial.

It said the colossal vessel set sail around 8 am and the sea trial will determine the reliability and stability of the carrier's propulsion and electric power systems.

According to the PLA Navy, the new vessel has successfully completed its mooring tests and equipment installation process and is ready for sea trials.

As one of the most important pieces of military hardware China is working on, the Fujian was officially unveiled in June 2022 in Shanghai as it was towed out of China State Shipbuilding Corp's Jiangnan Shipyard.

When sailing, the gigantic vessel will displace more than 80,000 metric tons of water. It will be the largest and mightiest warship any Asian nation has ever built, as well as the world's biggest non-American aircraft carrier.

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