China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning was commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army in 2012. It was originally laid down as the Varyag multi role aircraft carrier meant for the Soviet Navy in the 1990s. REUTERS/Stringer
Straits Times: China's first aircraft carrier 'combat ready'
BEIJING • China's first aircraft carrier has left its shipyard in Qingdao and is now ready to engage in combat, reported the Global Times, quoting the warship's political commissar.
"As a military force, we are always combat ready and our combat capacity also needs to be tested by war," Senior Captain Li Dongyou told the newspaper. "At this moment, we are doing our best to promote our strength and use it to prevent war. But we are preparing for actual combat at any time," he added.
His comments, and a selection of training photos displayed on official Chinese military websites, appeared to indicate that the warship had taken on its full accompaniment of aircraft, reported Japan Times. It was not clear when the pictures were taken.
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