China’s first aircraft carrier
August 10, 2011 Leave a comment
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.