Mid Week Video: China’s Carrier Up-Close

In case you haven’t seen this yet, its the first close-up video I’ve watched showing China’s aircraft carrier, the ex-Soviet Varyag, actually conducting any type of operations. In this case, she’s returning to port following her latest “scientific” cruise.

Click through the jump to enjoy. The close-up footage is toward the second half of the video.

  • Andy

    I hope Phillipine and Vietnam launch a few TORPEDOS at night and take care this JUNK.

  • Alexander

    This series of short training deployments will continue for some time to come. Eventually, we will see flight ops, but that won’t be anytime soon. The learning curve to turn this carrier and it’s later to come air group into a weapon will take several years at the very least.

  • Leroy

    What the Chinese or Joe? Because with 14 active nuke carriers, and a lot of reserve Kitty Hawk class carriers that could be reactivated, my money is on the yanks! unless cut price toasters are now a form of weapon

    • blight_

      Constellation is reserve category X. America was expended as a target. JFK and Kitty Hawk are “in reserve”, whatever that means.

      • Sgt_Buffy

        That’s still 11 carriers, and that ain’t no small potatoes. It’s blue chip to go USA.

        Leroy, your comment only reminded me of MDK-2, Doctor’s Radioactive Toast Launcher. lol.

      • tiger

        Museum hold status if somebody wants them.

    • tiger

      Lot of reserve carriers? I was just at the Reserve Basin at Phila last week. The JFK is going no place but a breakers yard. America was SinkEX’d & the Forrestal’s are all waiting to be scrapped. So where is this reserve?

      • ziv

        I wouldn’t call them reserve carriers, but the Wasp and America class LHA’s would ruin just about anyones day if they are carrying F35’s. If you fully load the USS America with F35’s and stage it alongside a Nimitz, you have a serious task force. Heck, even the America by itself is impressive albeit with a lot of weaknesses a Nimitz doesn’t have.

    • Papi1960R

      When/if(not my preference) Obama is re-elected in November we will draw down to a 140 ship navy with 6 carriers(3 East coast/3 West coast) . Then China can start a new round of purchasing Nuke powered, floating, hotels/casinos that just happen to have very large, flat recreation decks on top.

    • Vec

      The yanks have no money and borrowing from China.Have u place the wrong bet assuming u have any monies yourself?

    • Jeff

      Nah, the Chinese are just gonna hire a few Taliban, and the Yanks are toast.

    • chris

      Andy They will just think we did it? Besides we are done done no money we could not even keep a fly away. And the men are berd

  • Guest

    just so China can feel extra-safe with their new capital flat top, the USN will soon get rid of all their HARPOON surf to surf missiles in our Navy.

    Just in time, the USN is neutering itself.

    • blight_

      Harpoons aren’t exactly high tech anymore. That said, we are definitely investing a ton in land attack at the expense of anti-ship capability.

  • Rohan

    China’s items: Use and throw !!!!

    Chinese military : Kill, destroy and throw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sgt_Buffy

    While it’s good to be suspicious, has China been all that irresponsible with it’s military? The news usually focuses on the Middle East and Africa, and I’m a bit out of date with Chinese Military history. How EXACTLY have they warranted our disrespect? Specific examples. I know they sent us faulty/bugged electronics, but we’ve also bugged merchandise before. Stolen tech? Guilty as charged, but look at WWII? What has China done that’s so horrific as to validate our hatred towards them?
    Cautiously
    He known as Sgt. Buffy.

    • Kool Guy

      China has been pretty aggressive since it became PRC, they are no longer the China that we know of during WWII. In the 1950s they confronted the US(a Superpower) in the Korean War, and that was only a few years after they united the country. Then in the 1970s they had the border clash with the Soviet Union, which mean they also confronted the other Superpower as well. Imagine in the 1950s and 1970s, thats only several years after uniting the country and they already dare to go all out with 2 Superpowers, what will they do in the future?. Today they already dare to claim all of South China Sea, which is an international water where the US 7th Fleet operate, next thing you know they will claim all of the Pacific Ocean to the point of the US West Coast, and dispute Hawaii with the US. It was a grave mistake that the US in the 1970s switched recognition to PRC in order to counter the Soviet Union even though the Soviet Union were obviously more calm and less aggressive than China. Conflicts between the US and USSR were mainly wars of words, and bigger ones get resolved by negotiation, China seem like they want to take everything out by means of force.

      • Jeff

        Fear, my friend, fear is at the heart. The rest is ad hoc rationalization. The reasons for our loathing is our being scared shitless by China.

    • Poutine

      potential conflict with taiwan, defending/supplying north korea, security council votes, claims to territory of allies in the island areas… then add in all the economic espionage, rising costs of f-35 (some attributable to secrets stolen by china), hmm… what else…?

      wouldnt call it hatred, more of cautiously pissed

    • John Moore

      They say one things do another.

      They develop weapons who’s sole purpose is to attack US assets.

      More often than not they make the UN look like a toothless waste. Opposed to almost every resolution.

      As for there enforcement of sanctions agreed to are ?able at best.

    • Jared

      How about wars of conquest? They invaded and took over Tibet, they threaten to do the same to Taiwan and the Chinese have been oppressing or outright ethnic cleansing the ethnic populations of Xinjiang for 200+ years.

    • James

      Dear SGT “buffy” …. Korean War… Nuff said…. STFU…

  • Musson

    If we go to war with China – do we still have to pay off all the debt we owe them?

    Just asking.

    • Kool Guy

      Obviously we still do, but it wont be paying to the PRC but maybe ROC if we win, lol thats only if we win.

      • Hale

        RoC doesn’t hold much of our debt. China holds a bunch, and Japan and the UK each hold a bit as well. There’s a list somewhere.

        • Kool Guy

          Lol you dont get it, stop trying to act smart with the stats of who owns the debts. Im saying if we win then ROC takes over China, and so if we do repay China it will be paying the ROC cuss now they are the new representative govt of China, in case if we win, get it?

          • passingby

            LOL!!! I don’t believe the US stands a chance fighting China within the 1st island chain, and perhaps even within the 2nd island chain. Nonetheless, the US can do no better than a MAD as the war escalates. Russia will take over the US, Japan and Europe. You should change your name to Kooless Guy, or better still, Klooless Guy. LOL!!!

          • Kool Guy

            Then you should change your name to dumba$$, cuss i never said the US would win for sure, it was a case scenerio i put out, thats why i kept repeating it. In case we win. get it? dumbo

    • STemplar

      We don’t have to do anything we don’t want to, that opens up the conversation though to the insanity of a war between the US and China and how it would drive a stake through the heart of the world economy.

      • Kool Guy

        “We dont have to do anything we dont want to” that means we dont have to repay our debt? then what will happen to our credibility? our country will become a wild jungle and no one will want to cooperate. Look at the moment when S&P lowered US credit, it already sent a shock to the whole world.

        • STemplar

          I think credit ratings and interest rates would be the least of anyone’s concern if the US and China went to war with one another.

          • Kool Guy

            sure during the war no one care, how bout after the war, thats the question of the original post.

          • STemplar

            You mean after the two largest economies have battered each other into depressions? I still don’t think credit ratings will be the issue. Somehow we managed to butcher Japan and Germany and emerged OK. I am more worried about some tool thinking about the ‘limited’ use of nukes or some other non sense.

            In regards to the original question you can’t really say without knowing who, if anyone, won. Honestly without really going through its hard to say, there would have to be some sort of accounting in a negotiation. It really just isn’t as simple as paying off some treasuries.

  • blogger

    I wonder why ppl always talk about chinese army so low. the only “modern” war the usa won was the second world war, and they won only with allies. even germany would be a better enemy in 1v1. what happened since then?

    korea – truce/lost
    vietnam – lost
    iraq – lost, not a single objective was completed
    afganistan – lost badly

    I didn’t count the succesful coups of democratic states in latin america, where the us made coups only because they didnt like the elections’ outcome in the cold war

    china proved:
    – they can shot down us military satellites in a day. gps and gps weapons gone…
    – they can send all us ships down to davy jones with their DF anti ship missiles around the chinese soil

    like it or not but china would be a very tough enemy in a conflict with usa.

    • Josh

      Your lack of understanding and ignorance is almost humorous. You forgot the Gulf War, Grenada, and plenty of other conflicts in which U.S. went in along with our allies and more than accomplished our objectives. And if you believe that we got whooped in iraq and afghanistan, you must really buy into the liberal media. Last time i checked, al queda is nearly defeated as an organization, and within months after 9/11, special forces and coalition air strikes nailed majority of the taliban threats. Bringing those two nations into a democratic nation isnt something that happens over night, so if that makes it a failure thenyou got me. Know your facts first though.

      • passingby

        LOL!!! Pathetic misinformed sheeple. Bragging about beating Grenada?? Why not brag about eating a banana raw?!!!

        • passingnowhere

          passingby, then why not brag about your mom having sex with me last night?

          • passingby

            LOL. Taking lessons with Mossad, Josh?? How many Palestinians and American protestors is Israel arresting, torturing, or killing a day, Josh?

    • Praetorian

      How can Korea be a loss ?? I thought South Korea was invaded by North Korea. Since South Korea is still there and having the 15th rated economy to boot, I would put that as a win. Where is North Korea on the GDP list ?
      Also the Iraq war 1, should read win, every objactive completed. Not to mention the U.S. destroyed the 4th largest standing army, at the time in 1991.
      The DF-21D that you speak of, I dont think is deployed & have never heard of a test being completed on it.
      I do agree with your other staement :

      like it or not but china would be a very tough enemy in a conflict with usa

      • passingby

        fuzzy logic all around. This one stands out: quote: “The DF-21D that you speak of, I dont think is deployed & have never heard of a test being completed on it.”

        LOL. By that line of reasoning, if you have never heard of the Milky Way, it doesn’t exist. You might want to patent this Peetorian form of self-flattery.

        • Praetorian

          Lol, took you three days to reply, how did you find everything on wikipedia so fast ?

    • tiger

      Bull……

    • Kool Guy

      Its funny how you listed the Chinese capabilities that you claimed will be invincible in case of any war, those capabilities are by far already developed by the US long long before China ever have, then the Chinese play the catch up game. 2nd of all, you tell China to use their satellites missile shooting capabilities against countries like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and see how effective it will be. Lmao those countries dont even have satellites, whats good of satellites missiles? Speaking of anti ship missiles, the US got more than that of that. But wait, in 1960s when the US gets involved in Vietnam, does the North even have a Navy for the USN to use their missiles? i dont think so. Even in 2003 when the US invaded afghanistan there was no afghan navy to resist, USN ships were basically out there wide open in the sea shore firing missiles into afghan and iraq freely, So even if China got anti ship missile, what use of it against countries like Iraq and Afghanistan? your comparing irrelevant things together, doesnt make sense, Its like im saying a mathematician is smarter than a physicist.

    • Andy

      china proved: ??????? what.

      copy and paste ?
      products JUNKS.

    • Andy

      Remember 1st Gulf war Sadam have the latest tech. and Tomahawks jammer from Russia …..look what happen with the Tomahawks ? do they misses the Targets ?

      remmeber Kosavol war ? Tomahawks does misses the target and land on China embassy?? name one thing that China can design in defense ?? everything China have are COPY from Russia.

    • Hale

      The difference is is that China really hasn’t fought a ‘real war’ since Vietnam (that’s right, they fought Vietnam right after we did).

      China would be a touch enemy if we fought over Taiwan, which is what their entire force is designed to do. If they fought anywhere else, it would be a lot easier. We would, ironically, be able to steam roll them using superior numbers. As long as we never set foot on Chinese soil, we’ll win.

      • passingby

        That’s a really bad analysis with lots of misconceptions.

      • blight_

        The entire force isn’t designed for Taiwan. Looking at their lack of amphibious forces and a continental style army suggests this. The increase in SSM’s across from Taiwan is a deterrent against independence, which is working for now.

        • Hale

          Lack of amphibious forces?
          http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.225/

          If you’ve seen some of China’s recent wargames, you’d realize that China is focusing very heavily on amphibious landings, the one in 2009 demonstrated this fact. It’s that China’s all about amphibious tanks and para-dropped tanks. China’s got ZTD-05s and ZBD-05s which, like our canceled EFV program, uses water pump jets to propell these IFVs at great speed.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ships_of_the_People%

          Sure, China doesn’t have that many amphibious assault ships now, but they’re building them. All the pieces aren’t in place yet, but you can bet that one day they’ll be fully prepared to invade Taiwan.

          However, their deterrence against independence is more economical these days. When you get 300,000 tourists a year from the mainland and all your suppliers are over there and all your products are being sold their, you’ll definitely want to hang onto the status quo. All those troops and missiles are just another factor to convince Taiwan that they shouldn’t try to rock the boat.

    • Vec

      Thanks for telling the truth without biasness or racialism.

    • Bill

      The Vietnam War was a war of logistics and expense – the goal was bankrupt the Soviets who were supplying the Vietcong with weapons, the US proved that it could supply a war halfway around the world while being, relatively, in Russia’s backyard.

      The main reason the US was trying to root out communism wasn’t because we think communism is inherently evil, its the baggage of anti-American sentiment that comes with communism.

    • STemplar

      How is Korea a loss? UN res 84 was achieved.

      We left Vietnam and are now forging military ties with them to oppose the Chinese.

      Iraq, Hussein is dead, seems like a pretty good objective to me. Things aren’t settled in Iraq but pronouncements about victory or loss are overwhelmingly premature for both Iraq and Stan.

      Pray tell what is a victory in Stan and Iraq?

      You say WW2 was won and yet the mess we have in the middle east is preciesly because there was not a lot of long term thinking done about the middle east at the conclusion of WW2.

      China did not prove they can shoot down US military satellites, that is a fallacy. They shot down one of their own weather satellites from a land based system. The US followed up with a on the fly shoot down of one our own failing spy satellites from the sea, no points there.

      The above post also relates to the fact the US will inflict far more damage to Chinese space based ISR than they will to us and without their satellites they aren’t going to hit anything with their ASBM’s except the Pacific ocean. To say nothing of the fact the US is deploying a host of redundant systems to insure OTH connectivity.

      I think a lot of people like to paint the Chinese as a bigger obstacle than they are to justify $400 billion dollar aircraft programs. Frankly a couple three thousand TLAM and JASSM strikes at their commercial and petroleum infrastructure on their coastline and China is the new Africa.

  • blogger

    911 was a controlled demoltion of the buildings. al qaida was just ‘let’ to flew those planes into them. there are a million proofs for that from the sprites to the thermite what made the steel structure melt

    more and more isaf troops die from day to day in afanistan, and right after the allies withdraw the country will be worse than before

    iraqi operation is a fail. iran’s first move in a conflict will be to invade it in a case of war, if they wont make a satellite nation of theirs

    the whole terror thing is an artifical thingy to justify laws and targeted killings all around the world. more civilians died from us drones than because of local militias in some places.

    gulf war was not an all out war, as the allied forces didn’t want to escalate it. majority of iraqi army remained. but surely usa could won there without allies too, just like in some other parts of the world too. but tat doesnt change the fact that china could be an ultimate opponent in a future comflict if happens.

  • ltfunk

    Yep and then after we lose we have to pay reparations on top of it.

    Though if you watch our Secretary of State’s 6 monthly visits to Bejing to beg largess to keep our economy afloat, its pretty clear who won WW3

    • Belesari

      We own the vast majority of our debt.

      WW3 isnt over yet. And irronicly the US is still being invested in by other nations and entities. You see we are stable in a way most arent.

  • Lance

    The site is overestimating PRC’s military capability. Yes they have a carrier but they lack planes for it now they dont have a integrated defense for the ship they lack the technology to make it a real threat now.

    • DGR

      Again, this carrier is a joke, we got that. The new ones they are building are what we need to be focused on. This is nothing more than a training platform for there new ships when they come online in the future. Same exact thing as how the US Navy stood up a carrier force, had a few training ships to learn the concept, then went full hog wild once they learned what they actually needed.

      • Andy

        @dgr
        China will never be able to learn, they are good with copy and paste…..

        • Mike

          Thius is China’s “Langley”. Baby steps. In 20 years…quien sabe??

          • Andy

            for the last 100 years China still copy and paste, we’ll wait for another 20 more years to see what happen ?.

        • Vec

          America is so learned and therefore is near bankrupt.Fantastic.Learn and beg is the new motto.

        • Vec

          America is so learned and knowleagble and is a near bankrupt and borrower .Ironical and funny and delusional and Hilary always going to China and not the other way round.

        • cs4

          America will never learn, they are good with creating enemies and collateral damage.

        • Matrix3692

          i think if you would just read some history other than what’s on your text book or newspaper, you would found that the chinese are quite good in creativity along the entire line of civilization, just that they didn’t had the habit of documenting the inventions properly until the last couple hundred years, so many inventions is ‘lost’ and ‘reinvented’ during the chinese history.

  • mpower6428

    THATS COSMO, he’s chinese*

    • Belesari

      I gave you a thumbs down for the simple fact that made no sense lol.

      • mpower6428

        one day all of you will finally see “boogy nights”…. im still waiting.

  • Marcus

    People, people, people….China can’t win a war against the U.S. Why? China doesn’t have the natural resources to substain a war. China doesn’t have the military infastructure the US does. If you say we lost the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, you are wrong! I was there in Iraq and Afghanistan. Seems to me like we achieve our objectives. Our hands were tied in Iraq and Afghanistan. We steam rolled into both countries and we occupied them. Were we driven back…NO! We didn’t even use our FULL capabilities there in Iraq and Afghanistan..why? Because we were trying to limit civilian casualties. If we were to go to the war with China, we would unleash our WHOLE arsenal against them. Our military infastructure is VAST and it is way more advanced than China. We can get troops to anywhere in the world on a moments notice.

    • Hale

      ‘nleash our WHOLE arsenal against them’.

      Sounds like nuclear war to me.

      In which case, everyone loses.

    • tiger

      yeah, ok…

    • Vec

      China has nothing and America is near bankrupt and China debtor.Ironical?

    • guest

      What objectives did you achieve in Iraq & Afghanistan the only objective you achieved was to to destabilise both countries which after you have left will probebly lead to civil war in both countries.

    • Dan

      Normally, history shows that the only way to *win* a war is through the introduction of ground forces. This was not the case during WWII against the Japanese. Two nuclear weapons and continued incendiary bombings did the trick. Neither would prove the be-all and/or end-all in a war with China. Yes, technically the US is still decades ahead of the Chinese. Ultimately that will change as both country’s military budgets go in opposite directions. War between both countries would be *MAD* indeed and neither side would win. The devastation would be so vast, I’m not sure what the term *winning* would mean. It is beyond comprehension. Let us hope that both countries realize their strength lies in maintaining peace rather than allowing war. We didn’t win in Vietnam. We didn’t lose either. We left. The same applies to Iraq and will also apply to Afghanistan. In all three situations, the US created its own definition of *winning*, applied that definition then raised our hands in victory. Surely any one who’s been to war can both see and understand this.

  • Pat

    What to say, what to say…

  • Guest

    Yes i have something to say
    China can win a war against USA
    Using the most fast and devastating missile that there >>> SS-N-22s Sunburn or an stealth and hypersonic missile can wipeout a entire U.S navy fleet
    There is no defense for this missile at the moment

  • Belesari

    OK just so everyone in the world figures this out. You know those russian people? Well they used to be called the soviet union. Those Super missiles……yea the russians had something like that awhile back…..thats why we built tyco’s and DDG’s….

  • Joel

    The chinese can’t even make safe baby formula. And when was the last time they showed any military ability, never mind pushing around the Nepalese or the Tibetans.

    • cs4

      I was wondering who handled the E. coli tainted food which people in your country died? And by showing your military might, how many of your countrymen you want to see dead, dying or wounded?

  • Snuffy Smith

    Never underestimate an opponent, no matter who they are.

  • Chuck

    War with chine interesting i think the way you should think about it business is war, not war is business. The Chinese will not go to war with the US for two reason, one its bad for business two its bad for business enough said, 400 million middle class, over 2,000 billionars and millionars some of them Military Commanders Really?

    • Hale

      Duh

    • Tienong

      Chinese will not go to war with the US. Because with one reason only: they are cowed, they only go after smaller countries like Philippine, Vietnam…

  • duuude

    I, for one, welcome our new Oriental Overlords.

    • Hale

      I don’t, but I’m even sure if they’d want to rule over us.

  • Tribulationtime

    I actually don´t know what hell it is stopping them to fully operational condition.
    All gentlemens in this room know that put one Battleship from museum to fight takes 10-12 minutes.

  • That guy

    If china mil hardware is as tough as their toys, it doesn’t stand a chance….

    • cs4

      And you are the director of advanced weaponry in China?

  • Ted

    Wojna to pieniądze a wy Amerykanie jesteście bankrutami . Chiny wygrały!

  • Edward Frugone

    In II WW — due to lack of logistics — it took the allies two weeks to accept the surrender of only a few million germans.

    The chinese population is 1.3 billion people, they will have 100 million in the military fighting back and 100 million surrendering.

    Do we have enough soldiers to watch over 100million prisionsrs and enough food, medicine, blankets and hospitals to care for their wounded. We don´t need the chinese as enemies .If we can´t beat them its best to join them !!

    • Belesari

      By join do do you mean bow down to a people who forcably sterile the Blind and others?

      China is much worse than what people hear about. It has alot of terrible problems and really doesnt give a damn about its people. The communist part has basicly turned into a new nobility.

      BTW a 100,000,000 man army is bullshit. They dont have that many. Even if they did they couldnt feed it nor supply it and the entire country would starve to death. The US wouldnt occupy simply destroy and leave.

      • Jeff

        “By join do do you mean bow down to a people who forcably sterile the Blind and others? ”

        Funny that, since we did to Black people in this country. But hey, since you don’t think African Americans are humans anyway, right? Riiight, you fucktard!

  • Realist

    China has around 1 Billion 360 Million People. The US has about 340 Million People.
    In the next 10 years China has to produce about 340 Million Jobs for their growing population. If they do not, the people will revolt. China does not want war, they want markets for there products (including military arms). They want land for their crops, and they have the money to buy it.
    They do want Tiawan, and if they sent some of there Million Man Army over, We could not stop them. They would occupy before we could react. But, that would be bad for business.

  • Abosolute

    China is currently on its way to its peak of power. China is a businessman with a communist streak which makes it a very shrewd businessman. The rest of the Democratic world like from where i come from have “resolve”. Like all businesses China will eventually wane. Maybe not today but it will. Resolve to stop aggression if there will be overt or covert is up to Uncle Sam, NATO and their allies. I am sure somewhere along the line before anything fires up something will happen that will makes small the significance of the Chinese threat. If not there is always wishing for bird flu.

    • passingby

      Wrong on all counts.

  • we2rborg

    If anyone seriously thinks China wants to wage a war against the biggest warmongering nation on the planet, they must be kidding.
    They can probably afford to BUY the USA.

  • True WARRIOR

    fuck china n fuck their bullshit toys, n everything else they make.Third class rated shit.

    • tiger

      True moron is more likely. Beer muscle posters say silly things.