China’s Defense Ministry has said the first aircraft carrier has joined the Navy.
The name of this ship is Liaoning, and it is named after the province where it was repaired.
The length of this ship is 300 meters and it was purchased in Ukraine.
There are currently no aircraft on this carrier and it will be used for training only.
But China says that this ship has conducted many exercises in the ocean and will increase its ability to protect the country’s interests.
This aircraft carrier joined the Navy at a time when Japan and other countries in the region are expressing concern about China’s growing naval capabilities.
There is also a dispute between China and Japan regarding the claim to the islands present in the East China Sea.
The country’s official news agency Xinhua says Liaoning was formally inducted into the navy in the presence of several high-ranking leaders.
China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement: “The addition of the aircraft carrier to the Navy will significantly enhance our capability and bring it to a modern level.”
He said: “The defense capability of the aircraft carrier will increase, and the country’s development, security and sovereignty can also be protected.”
Damian Grammaticus of the BBC in Beijing says the move is a sign of China’s growing power.
China’s leftist government is spending billions to modernize the military so it can demonstrate China’s military might even across the border.
The first Liaoning was called the Varyag, which was built for the Soviet Navy in 1980, but never completed.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Varyag remained in the Ukrainian port.
A Chinese company brought this ship here with the cooperation of the People’s Liberation Army.
It was said that he wants to make a floating casino on this ship, after which it was brought to China in the year 2001.
The Chinese military confirmed in June 2011 that it would repair the ship and make it the country’s first aircraft carrier.