China's first aircraft carrier, built on the hull of an abandoned Soviet warship, is nearing completion, according to Western analysts and many news reports this month. Well - here's a close up video.
The U.S. Department of Defense has said it expects the ship to be relaunched at any time as a platform for training pilots – a major turning point in the military's wide-ranging modernization drive.
China bought the mothballed carrier in 1998 and towed the engine and rudderless ship to the northeastern port of Dalian for a complete refitting.
The complete restoration was intended to make the ship fully functional and to train technicians who will build China's future homemade carriers.
The Varyag is a ski jump-style carrier with a displacement of about 55,000 tons, much smaller than the Japan-based U.S. carrier George Washington, which has a displacement of more than 100,000 tons.
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