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The Russian Hare

China's new carrier visits Hong Kong

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China's aircraft carrier, the rebuilt Kuznetsov class Liaoning, and its battle group are prowling their way towards Southeast Asia ahead of a much anticipated inaugural and very high-profile visit to Hong Kong. The carrier's port call, which will be yet another major symbol of China's rapidly increasingly military and geopolitical might in the region, is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the country's reclaiming of the territory from the British Crown.

The armada passed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, an operation that causes anxieties to soar in Taipei. Fighters and maritime patrol aircraft scrambled from the island to closely monitor the flotilla's transit, and there have been no subsequent reports of any unexpected incidents occurring.

Liaoning put up an aerial presence of its own sometime during its voyage south from its home in Qingdao. It left the port city on June 25th. A new video has been published containing a montage of footage showing the carrier and its battle group flexing its operational muscle during drills. 

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/12096/new-flight-ops-video-from-chinas-carrier-features-loaded-up-j-15-fighters

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About as newsworthy as " The United States new Carrier visits Puerto Rico".

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It will be interesting to see if they've learned enough from the U.S. to avoid accidents like what occurred on the Forrestal.  I suspect they are going to have quite a learning curve ahead.

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Great video footage and an interesting insight thanks Russian Hare for the post.

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beast of a warship.

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Beast of a warship? maybe......... But the U.S. has more carriers than the rest of the world combined.

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3 minutes ago, Buzz_Light_Year said:

Beast of a warship? maybe......... But the U.S. has more carriers than the rest of the world combined.

Good for you. 

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On 7/10/2017 at 11:42 PM, and then said:

It will be interesting to see if they've learned enough from the U.S. to avoid accidents like what occurred on the Forrestal.  I suspect they are going to have quite a learning curve ahead.

The first Russian overseas deployment of that very same type of ship to Syria wasn't very impressive. Kinda flopped, actually. 

 

They all have a lot to learn, but that is always the case. Check back in about 5-10 years to see how they are getting along. Until then, well... stuff happens.

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