A J-15 carrier-borne fighter jet takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Liaoning during a maritime training exercise on July 1, 2017. The Liaoning could carry twenty-four J-15 fighters.The Type 001A can carry thirty-six J-15s plus various support aircraft and helicopters, according to Chinese media. Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning (16) Liaoning (16) became People Liberation Army’s Navy’s first commissioned aircraft carrier on September 25, 2012. In late 1990 it was renamed as Varyag. Type 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, is transferred from the dry dock into the water during a... [+] launch ceremony at Dalian shipyard in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 26. A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Liaoning during a training exercise. Liaoning (16) (Chinese: 辽宁舰; pinyin: Liáoníng Jiàn), is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The Liaoning was first commissioned for the Soviet Navy in the 1980s and was expected to enter service in the early 1990s. It is classified as a training ship, intended to allow the Navy to practice with carrier usage. REUTERS/Stringer Other differences compound the weaknesses of China's carriers. The first, the Liaoning, entered service in 2012.In 1998, a Chinese business man purchased the carrier from the Ukrainian government and announced he was going the ship into a floating casino. By Kyle Mizokami. An announcement in July of 2011 by the Chinese attempted to ease nervous observers that the vessel was refitted for "scientific" and "training" use and not warfare. In addition to fighter jet pilots, China's aircraft carrier talent cultivation programs are also training personnel for special mission aircraft, helicopters, combat logistics and drones, the statement said. The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its carrier strike group carried out realistic training in an undisclosed sea area on July 1, 2017. The entry of China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, into service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) attracted considerable attention from both the Chinese press and military observers around the world.For some, the Liaoning was a symbol of China’s global power; for others, it represented a significant first step toward a more muscular and assertive Chinese navy. The catapult on Type 003 will enable the J-15 fighter aircraft it carries to fly with more fuel and weapons, than if launched from one of China's other two carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong. China’s two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, recently completed military drills in the South China Sea, according to a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Thursday. After a massive refit that involved removing its missile launchers, it was commissioned into the Chinese Navy as the Liaoning in 2012, becoming China's first aircraft carrier. China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to its home port of Qingdao on Thursday after nearly a month of training on the high seas, the People’s Liberation Army said. China's first aircraft carrier went into commission on September 26, 2012 and was named "Liaoning" after the northeastern province. Liaoning (Varyag) is expected to operate J-15 aircraft, J-10 carrier based aircraft, Z-8/Ka-31 AEW helicopters and Ka-27 ASW helicopters. However this aircraft carrier was built to improved Type 001A project and has some improvements over the Liaoning. The 300-metre … China has two aircraft carriers on deck. The ship can carry 2,500t of aviation fuel for allowing the aircraft and helicopter sorties of 500 to 1,000. China now operates two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, after the latter entered PLA naval service in December 2019. PLAN sources have stated that the Liaoning will serve as more of a training school for development of a future, wholly-Chinese aircraft carrier development still to come. The addition of an aircraft carrier to the Pakistani Navy’s arsenal will make it more competitive with respect to its rival India, which has an operational aircraft carrier. Both carriers are similar in size and use a STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) system for the launch and recovery of aircraft. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Li Tang) A rare photo shows the neglected aircraft carrier before it became Liaoning in 2012. China's only operational aircraft carrier sails into Hong Kong this week, giving the world its first up-close look at the pride of China's navy. 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