The Liaoning aircraft carrier is now ready to “fight against enemies”, the Liaoning’s political commissar, Senior Captain Li Dongyou, said in an interview with Global Times newspaper.
“As a military force, we are always prepared for war and our combat capacity also needs to be tested by war … At this moment, we are doing our best to promote our strength and use it to prevent war, and are prepared for actual combat at any time,” Li said.
According to media reports, the Liaoning left its shipyard in Qingdao in the Shandong Province to start a training mission that is still ongoing.
The Liaoning entered in service in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012 and was previously described as a “surface platform”. It was originally laid down as the Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier for the Soviet Navy in the 1990s, which ended up in the hands of Ukraine. China bought the warship from Ukraine in 1998.
CCTV-7 published a video, focusing on the Liaoning propulsion system: