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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.

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

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

Glasgow December 10, 2015 - The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program achieved a major milestone today as the final section began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth, ten weeks ahead of schedule. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced ever warships and were constructed in blocks in different shipyards throughout the UK. Final section being delivered, known as the Aft Island, weighs 750 tonnes and will control aircraft…

Glasgow December 10, 2015 - The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program achieved a major milestone today as the final section began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth, ten weeks ahead of schedule. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced ever warships and were constructed in blocks in different shipyards throughout the UK. Final section being delivered, known as the Aft Island, weighs 750 tonnes and will control aircraft…

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.

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