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.
EVERETT, Wash. (Dec. 10, 2017) | The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrives at its homeport, Naval Station Everett, after a six-month deployment with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Dec. 10, [...]
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 4, 2017) |The USS Gerald R. Ford successfully completed its first underway replenishment (UNREP) on Monday. During the UNREP, supplies such as fuel, ammunition and food are sent across cables from [...]
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) | The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returned to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka Nov. 26, aboard heavy-lift transport vessel Transshelf. Fitzgerald returned to repair two punctures in her hull [...]
Grading range targets following a weapons qualification course on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2017) | Chief Gunner's Mate Nick Ayala grades range targets following a weapons qualification course on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is [...]
INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2017) | Sailors work on the propeller of an AC-2A Greyhound, assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS [...]
INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2017) | Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Jacob Karpinsky fires an M240 machine gun from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a crew-served weapons shoot. Theodore [...]