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The Chinese PLAN aircraft carrier Liaoning departs on its first mission after entering service in 2012. (Photo/CNS).

The Chinese PLAN aircraft carrier Liaoning departs on its first mission after entering service in 2012. (Photo/CNS).

Liaoning at its home port of Qingdao, Nov. 26, 2013.  China's first aircraft carrier battle group is expected to be formed next year to make up for the shortcoming of the limited combat radius of the country's existing fleets, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.  Citing the Military-Industrial Courier, a Russia-based weekly, the report said China's first carrier, the Liaoning, embarked on its first blue-water passage in early 2014 escorted by 12 vessels of different classes.

Liaoning at its home port of Qingdao, Nov. 26, 2013. China's first aircraft carrier battle group is expected to be formed next year to make up for the shortcoming of the limited combat radius of the country's existing fleets, according to China's official news agency Xinhua. Citing the Military-Industrial Courier, a Russia-based weekly, the report said China's first carrier, the Liaoning, embarked on its first blue-water passage in early 2014 escorted by 12 vessels of different classes.

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the Navy's 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, heels hard to starboard.

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the Navy's 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, heels hard to starboard.

USS Ranger (CV-61) departing from San Diego - Dad's Aircraft Carrier when he was in the Navy.

USS Ranger (CV-61) departing from San Diego - Dad's Aircraft Carrier when he was in the Navy.

PRC carrier, the Liaoning, the 60,000 ton carrier was originally built for the Soviet navy but has been completely refitted by the Chinese.

Super carrier: Britain's largest warships take shape

PRC carrier, the Liaoning, the 60,000 ton carrier was originally built for the Soviet navy but has been completely refitted by the Chinese.

The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) iunderway with the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring (D-32) in 2010.

The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) iunderway with the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring (D-32) in 2010.

USS Carl Vinson transits the Strait of Hormuz..    ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 16, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released) 120216-N-BC134-478

USS Carl Vinson transits the Strait of Hormuz.. ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 16, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Strait of Hormuz. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released) 120216-N-BC134-478

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