China launches “The Fujian” It’s Third Aircraft Carrier

The Fujian was launched on Friday in what state media said was a 'short but festive' ceremony [CCTV/AFP Photo]

China has officially launched its historic third aircraft carrier, dubbed the Fujian while a fourth goes under construction.

According to China’s state media, the country’s latest and most advanced warship was launched “in a short but festive ceremony” on Friday morning at the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) shipyard in Shanghai where it has been under construction since 2018.

The Fujian is China’s first fully domestically developed aircraft carrier, and uses electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices to enable planes to take off and land on its deck, it added.

Vantage News gathered that the ship has a displacement of more than 80,000 tons.

The new carrier was put into the water at about 11 a.m.

Xu Qiliang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), presented a naming certificate to the Fujian’s commanding officer.

The Fujian will now start mooring and sea trials.

The launch of the Fujian is part of an ongoing effort to modernise the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which already has two fully-functioning aircraft carriers, the Soviet-era Liaoning and the domestically-built Shandong whose design was based on the Liaoning.

China launches "The Fujian" It's Third Aircraft Carrier - Vantage News Nigeria
The Fujian is launched at its berth in Shanghai

The Fujian and a fourth carrier, which is also under construction, are larger and able to carry more aircraft than the two existing vessels. The South China Morning Post reported in March last year that the fourth carrier might be nuclear-powered.

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