Tuesday, September 25, 2012

China's first aircraft carrier commissioned

China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Tuesday, according to report by National Defense Ministry's official website.

Liaoning - China's first ever aircraft carrier commissioned [Photo: Xinhuanet ]

Overseen by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, the carrier, with a name of "Liaoning" and hull number 16, was officially handed over at a ceremony held in a naval base of northeast China's Dalian Port.

President Hu, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), endorsed a PLA flag and naming certificate to Senior Captain Zhang Zheng, commanding officer of China's first carrier, the Liaoning.
"Today will be forever remembered as China's Navy has entered an era of aircraft carrier," Zhang told Xinhua on the carrier's flight deck.

Read more: Xinhua


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