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China's first aircraft carrier handed over

09-25-2012 19:11 BJT Special Report:China's First Aircraft Carrier “Liaoning” Commissioned |

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By CCTV reporter Han Bin

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has been handed over to the navy of the People’s Liberation Army, and its first captain has taken command. This marks a new stage for the carrier’s military service. The ceremony was held in the northeastern port of Dalian. President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, along with other government and military leaders, have inspected the ship. Han Bin reports from on board the carrier.

A proper naval welcome and celebration.

It’s a long-awaited day for China. The navy now has its biggest warship and the country’s first aircraft carrier.

President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, along with other military and government leaders, are in Dalian for the handover.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C, front), also chairman of the Central Military
Commission (CMC), and Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd R, front) attend the aircraft
carrier handover ceremony held at a naval base in Dalian, northeast China's
Liaoning Province, Sept. 25, 2012. China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning"
was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation
Army (PLA) Tuesday after years of refitting and sea trials. CMC Vice Chairmen
Guo Boxiong (3rd L, front) and Xu Caihou (2nd R, front), State Council
Secretary-General Ma Kai (2nd L, front), director of the PLA's General
Armament Department Chang Wanquan (1st R, front) and Navy Commander Wu
Shengli (1st L, front) also attended the ceremony. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

The aircraft carrier is named the Liaoning, after the province which has been its home, for the past 10 years. The 300-meter ship has been transformed from a former Soviet carrier called the Varyag. After the lengthy refitting, and 10 sea trials over the past year, it’s ready for active service.

President Hu Jintao, who is also the Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, confers the PLA flag and a special certificate for the official name of the carrier. It’s a proud moment for several thousand sailors and workers from the ship builder.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, also chairman of the Central Military Commission
(CMC), inspects the guard of honor on the aircraft carrier "Liaoning" at a
naval base in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 25, 2012.
China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" was delivered and commissioned to
the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tuesday after years
of refitting and sea trials. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Now comes the inspection.

For the 2,000 young sailors serving onboard, it conveys the expectations for their mission, and the leaders’ vision for the future.

Hu Jintao walks from the bow and the stern to see all the facilities, escorted by the Liaoning’s newly appointed captain, senior Captain Zhang Zheng. The President later gets a close look at the interior construction and operational systems.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, also chairman of the Central Military Commission
(CMC), endorses the flag of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to the naval
unit that receive the aircraft carrier "Liaoning" at the carrier handover
ceremony held at a naval base in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province,
Sept. 25, 2012. China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" was delivered and
commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)
Tuesday after years of refitting and sea trials. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Many believe the aircraft carrier can help boost China’s naval strength. The military has stressed the carrier will mainly used for training and research.

"With the official delivery, China’s first aircraft carrier is ready to enter service. The country’s decades-long dream has been achieved. And in the process, it has provided first-hand knowledge and experience that will help china produce its aircraft carriers in the future.

Hand over ceremony of Chinese aircraft carrier "Liaoning" held in Dalian Port

Hand over ceremony of Chinese aircraft carrier "Liaoning" held in Dalian Port

Hand over ceremony of Chinese aircraft carrier "Liaoning" held in Dalian Port

Photo taken in May 2012 shows a Chinese aircraft carrier cruising for a test
on the sea. China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to
the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Sept. 25, 2012. The
carrier, with the name "Liaoning" and hull number 16, was officially handed
over to the Navy at a ceremony held in a naval base of northeast China's
Dalian Port. (Xinhua/Li Tang)

Undated photo shows an aircraft carrier berthing in a port of China. China's
first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese
People's Liberation Army on Sept. 25, 2012. The carrier, with the name "Liaoning"
and hull number 16, was officially handed over to the Navy at a ceremony held in
a naval base of northeast China's Dalian Port. (Xinhua/Li Tang)

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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