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Aircraft carrier Shandong ready for far sea drills as Liaoning starts regular maintenance - Global Times
In a series of tests held last year, the Shandong proved it had achieved planned operational capability on schedule, and obtained the certificate for combat training, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday.
As the first fully domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong entered service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on December 17, 2019. Since then, it has carried out several exercises in the South China Sea, but has yet to conduct drills beyond the first island chain, according to information that was made public.
The Shandong could embark on its first far sea exercise soon and sail to the Pacific Ocean, or it could also sail to the Indian Ocean, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Friday.
The second aircraft carrier's readiness to sail to distant seas comes at a time when the country's first carrier has become temporarily unavailable due to regular maintenance. ...