China’s first aircraft carrier

Chinese aircraft carrier anchored at Dalian port in northeast Liaoning province. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) Aug. 5, 2011

Originally built by the Soviet Union in 1988 the Aircraft Carrier Varyag now finds a home with the Chinese.

After the fall of the Soviet Union ownership of the Varyag was transferred to the Ukraine where it was stripped of parts. By 1998, she had lost her engines, rudder, and much the control systems. The Varyag was then put up for auction and sold to the Chong Lot Travel Agency for $20 million. Today China’s military has control of the carrier.

China spent the last ten years refurbishing the ship. On August 10, 2011 the carrier conducted sea trials. Xinhua News Agency said the first sea trial was in line with the country’s schedule to rebuild the carrier.


About Chris Hall
Hi, I'm Chris, also know as Daddy from the blog "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy." I am a stay-at-home dad who loves spending time with my son Jaydon. In my spare time I work evenings and weekends at the Charleston County Library. Be sure to check out our blog, "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy."

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