China launches largest aircraft carrier Asia has ever built

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy reportedly launched Asia’s largest aircraft carrier to date on Friday, according to Chinese state media.

China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, was launched by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation from Jiangnan Shipyard on Shanghai’s Changxing Island, Chinese state media Global Times reported. The Fujian would be the largest aircraft carrier an Asian country has ever made, displacing 80,000 metric tons of water, Chinese state media, China Daily reported. (RELATED: China’s Xi Jinping releases human rights treatise without irony)

By comparison, the Nimitz class of US aircraft carriers, which includes the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Abraham Lincoln, all displace more than 100,000 metric tons of water, according to the US Naval Academy. In total, the US Navy has 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, according to the US Navy.

However, the PLA Navy had 355 ships as of November 2021 – the most of any country – and is expected to have 460 warships by 2030, according to the US Naval Institute. Meanwhile, the US Navy would have had 297 warships by April 2021 and its most ambitious, but potentially unsustainable construction plan would give the fleet 367 ships by 2052.

“[In selecting the Fujian aircraft carrier’s region of deployment, the PLA Navy] thoroughly consider the needs of protection of national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as the operational characteristics of the aircraft carrier as well as the security conditions of the port before scientifically selecting the place of deployment of the carrier -aircraft from Fujian,” said Colonel Liu Wensheng of the PLA Navy. spokesperson, told the Global Times, according to a translation by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The launch of China’s third aircraft carrier comes just over a month after the Chinese military conducted a major live-fire ‘reunification by force’ military exercise around Taiwan and less than two weeks before the navy U.S. and 25 other Marines begin the biennial. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise on June 29. The RIMPAC exercise will last over a month and will take place between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

China unveiled its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, at its port of Shanghai on Friday, according to Chinese state media. [Screenshot/YouTube/SouthChinaMorningPost]

China unveiled its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, at its port of Shanghai on Friday, according to Chinese state media. [Screenshot/YouTube/SouthChinaMorningPost]

The official publication of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) confirmed the launch of the Fujian, stating that the warship is China’s first “catapult” type aircraft carrier, which means combat aircraft are assisted in their launch from the cockpit by an electromagnetic catapult. . The PLA confirmation also noted that the Fujian was “designed and built entirely” by China. China’s first carrier, Liaoning, was a Soviet ship that China bought and refurbished, while China’s second carrier, Shandong, was reportedly modeled after the Soviet design of Liaoning.

Chinese Embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu told TheDCNF that China wants to strengthen its military to promote peace and stability.

“China is committed to the path of peaceful development and firmly pursues a national defense policy that is defensive in nature,” Liu said. “Owning aircraft carriers will never change that.”

The US Navy and Department of Defense did not immediately respond to DCNF’s request for comment. (RELATED: Chinese media exaggerates Xi’s challenge to Biden)

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