Shanghai shipyard ‘to build second Chinese designed aircraft carrier’

Peace and Freedom

South China Morning Post

Work on China’s second locally designed and built aircraft carrier will soon get under way at Jiangnan Shipyard, overseas reports says

Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com

Photo: China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, undergoes trials in the Yellow Sea. Photo: Reuters

China will soon start building its second locally designed aircraft carrier in Shanghai, according to a Canadian report.

Kanwa Asian Defence, an English-language monthly defence review produced in Toronto, said Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard was preparing to start work on the carrier.

When completed, the carrier and another under construction in Dalian will give the PLA Navy two fully functioning, battle-ready aircraft carriers.

The recently completed Liaoning, the refitted former Soviet carrier Varyag, is classed as a training platform, not a full combat vessel, by the navy, since it went into service in September 2012.

Counter to many expectations, the new carrier about to be built at the…

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