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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 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

170510-N-GD109-100 WESTERN PACIFIC (May 10, 2017) A F/A-18E assigned to the “Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

170510-N-GD109-100 WESTERN PACIFIC (May 10, 2017) A F/A-18E assigned to the “Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 prepares to launch from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

A port beam view of Russian Admiral Kuznetsov underway in the Mediterranean. Department of Defense photo

‘Ulyanovsk’ Would Have Been the Soviets’ Supercarrier

A port beam view of Russian Admiral Kuznetsov underway in the Mediterranean. Department of Defense photo

CORAL SEA(July 23,2013)Australian distinguished visitors observe EA-18G Growler from Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ)141 launch from carrier USS George Washington(CVN 73).George Washington,& embarked air wing Carrier Air Wing (CVW)5, participating in exercise Talisman Saber 2013.Biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) & U.S. combat readiness & interoperability as a combined joint task force.(USN Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman)

CORAL SEA(July 23,2013)Australian distinguished visitors observe EA-18G Growler from Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ)141 launch from carrier USS George Washington(CVN 73).George Washington,& embarked air wing Carrier Air Wing (CVW)5, participating in exercise Talisman Saber 2013.Biennial training event aimed at improving Australian Defense Force (ADF) & U.S. combat readiness & interoperability as a combined joint task force.(USN Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman)

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