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.
ATLANTIC OCEAN | The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) fires a RIM-162D Sea Sparrow missile from a NATO Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System during combat systems ship qualification trials [...]
MEDITERRANEAN SEA | Sailors board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) while transiting the Mediterranean Sea. USS Donald Cook is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, on [...]
GDYNIA, Poland | Lt. j.g. Margaret Willets, left, gives a tour of the pilothouse of the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) to Polish navy leadership, Gdynia city officials and members of the U.S. [...]
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. | The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. USNS City of Bismarck is underway performing regional [...]
PACIFIC OCEAN | Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Austin Gonzales directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt [...]