On December 17, 2019, my country’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier was commissioned at a military port in Sanya. With the approval of the Central Military Commission, the aircraft carrier was named “Shandong Ship of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy” with the hull number “17”.
On December 31, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense announced that China is building a domestic aircraft carrier. It has been four years since then, and China’s dream of owning the first domestic aircraft carrier has finally come true.
my country’s first domestic aircraft carrier was delivered, why was it named Shandong ship?
According to the “Regulations on the Naming of Naval Ships”, aircraft carriers are named after the names of administrative provinces (regions) and municipalities directly under the Central Government. The name of the ship is a mobile calling card for the provinces and cities involved. Chinese navy ships track all over the world. The ship’s track continues to extend, and the named provinces and cities are also brought to the world.
China’s first aircraft carrier was named Liaoning. The main basis for analysis is that Liaoning Province is the birthplace of China’s first aircraft carrier; the naval training base for carrier-based aircraft pilots is also located in Xingcheng, Liaoning Province; in addition, Liaoning Province has always been a heavy industry base , made a great contribution to the successful completion of the first aircraft carrier.
According to military experts, there are two reasons why Shandong can become China’s first domestic aircraft carrier: the naming of domestic aircraft carriers focuses on coastal provinces, and Shandong, as a major coastal province, is eligible for selection; secondly, China’s first aircraft carrier base is located in Shandong, as the naming “responsibility” of the domestic aircraft carrier, Shandong is also justifiable.
Construction of the first aircraft carrier
According to the disclosure by the Ministry of National Defense at the time, China is independently designing an aircraft carrier in Dalian, with a displacement of about 50,000 tons, using conventional power units; it will be equipped with domestically produced J-15 aircraft and other types of carrier-based aircraft, and fixed-wing aircraft will take off by ski-jump. way; the ship will be equipped with various types of equipment to meet the needs of the mission.
According to official reports, construction of the first domestically produced aircraft carrier started in November 2013 and in-dock construction began in March 2015. On April 26, 2017, the launching ceremony of the first domestically-made aircraft carrier was held in Dalian. Undocking and launching is one of the major milestones in the construction of an aircraft carrier, marking a major milestone in China’s independent design and construction of aircraft carriers.
On May 13, 2018, the domestic aircraft carrier ushered in the much-anticipated moment in the heavy fog-the first sea trial. Since then, the curtain of sea trials has been slowly opened. So far, the domestic aircraft carrier has carried out nine sea trials.
On November 17, 2019, the domestic aircraft carrier passed through the Taiwan Strait and went to the relevant waters of the South China Sea to carry out scientific research experiments and routine training, and docked at a military port in Sanya. Facts have proved that this is the “home” of the domestic aircraft carrier. As early as 2013, the Liaoning ship had already berthed at the military port for supplies. According to Xinhua News Agency, the military port is a large-scale military port designed and built by the Navy itself, with corresponding supporting facilities to meet the berthing needs of various large surface ships. Geng Yansheng, the then spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, responded to the news that a new aircraft carrier base was being built in Sanya, saying that it is very necessary and normal for the Chinese army to carry out necessary maintenance and renovation of military facilities including military ports.
On December 17, 2019, the domestic aircraft carrier Shandong with hull number 17 was listed in a military port in Sanya. Among the coincidences of “Double 17”, there is another coincidence – this day in history, Beiyang Navy was in Weihai, Shandong Weihaiwei Liu The official establishment of Gongdao has spanned 131 years of history.
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