One STOBAR carrier: Liaoning was originally built as the 57,000 ton Soviet Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag and was later purchased as a stripped hulk by China in 1998 on the pretext of use as a floating casino, then partially rebuilt and towed to China for completion. Liaoning was commissioned on 25 September 2012 and began service for testing and training. On 24 or 25 November 2012, Liaoning successfully launched and recovered several Shenyang J-15 jet fighter aircraft. She is classified as a training ship, intended to allow the navy to practice with carrier usage. On 26 December 2012, the People’s Daily reported that it will take four to five years for Liaoning to reach full capacity, mainly due to training and coordination which will take a significant amount of time for Chinese PLA Navy to complete as this is the first aircraft carrier in their possession. As it is a training ship, Liaoning is not assigned to any of China’s operation fleets.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 31, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193). Mustin is [...]
PHILIPPINE SEA (March 26, 2018) A F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepares to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). [...]
Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station
SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 12, 2018) Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station during Dynamic Manta 18. Dynamic Manta is an NATO Maritime Command-led exercise designed [...]
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 23, 2018) Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). PP18's mission is to work collectively with host [...]
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2018) Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Joe Tyson, front, and Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jake Anderson, both assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), man MK 38 MOD [...]
VARNA, Bulgaria (Feb. 18, 2018) Ship's Serviceman Seaman Darnell Thomas mans a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), during mooring operations in Varna, Bulgaria, Feb. 18, 2018. [...]