Video: China’s Carrier at Sea

Here you have it. Some video that appears to show China’s first aircraft carrier, the ex-Soviet Varyag, steaming under her own power during her eighth sea trail that just concluded this week.

Click through the jump for the video.


  • Lance

    Still no planes or Choppers looks so sad w/o any.

    • tiger

      In time Lance, In time. Ship ops first. Air ops will come later. Need to walk before you run.

    • Zip

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    • navy259

      Have you ever seen a US carrier leave home port? Looks about the same, Maybe some choppers.

  • Dude

    Where’s the launch ramp?

  • Max

    This is a ca ca carrier!!?? ah hah aha ha ha ha hah ah ahhah ;-)

  • Tribulationtime

    Seems just like a Graff Spef (?) or a Bismark. Without a Navy to backup her, thats its a expensive Port-Queen. The only use of “Mao Tse Tung” it is prestige, like sending “Taikonautas” to do what had been do it, 60 years back during Cold War.

    • tiger

      The PLA has quite a NAVY to back it up. Only We & Japan offer any counter.

    • Stormcharger

      Sure… 62 Submarines, 26 Destroyers, 48 Frigates, 58 Amphibious ships, and more than 80 Coastal Patrol boats. Port Queen or not, they can certainly spare a few ships to protect it.

      • USSHelm

        Just because they have 62 subs doesn’t mean they defend the Varyag. Most of those subs are diesel-electric and aren’t fast enough to keep up with a CVBG for a long period of time. The nuclear boats they do have are so loud they are useless,

        • Stormcharger

          True. However they will never have to project sea power more than 1000nm from their coast and will always have the benefit of land based support as well. As well, it’s not like the Chinese have never given any thought as to how their noisy, inferior submarines might be used in battle.

          • Hale

            Didn’t a Chinese sub surface right in the middle of a US carrier battle-group a few years back? They clearly have damn quite subs, either that or our guys at the monitoring station were rocking out too hard.

          • tiger

            Those days are changing. They are build a blue water force. Their political interest extend beyond the Far East.

        • tiger

          In the Shallow waters of the South China Sea, The Diesels are just fine.

    • Tribulationtime

      They have a Navy, far away to have “critical mass”. When we talk about C.C. Mao Tse Tung use in the Pacific, we mean a big fight, neither Jpan, South K, or Us gona fight alone. If you summ Navys from USA, J, SK, Taiwan, Australia, UK, Canada and maybe European countries you have a BIG fleet. And keep in mind that 6 warships are more powerfull than 1+1+1+1+1+1 (sinergy).

  • dubweiser101

    It isn’t exactly cutting edge in terms of carrier development as far as the USN and RN are concerned, but I guess you have to start somewhere.

    This ins’t anything special and I don’t think China sees it as such either, but you have to start somewhere. 20 years down the road we might see a competitive carrier sail out of China.

    • It still represents a change for the Chinese military. With double digit spending increases every single year for the last twenty they’re going to have to spend it on something.

  • Black Owl

    All I see is a fat target.

    • Mike

      Ask the British if Argentina posed any threat to their ships?

      • tiger

        Only because they got gunshy after the Belgrano sinking. Their airpower was more than enough of a threat. The loss of 2 DDGs, 2 FFGs, 1 LCU, 1 LSL 1, Container ship & others damaged was major. The Task force could not take losses like that long term & win.

  • Rob

    She (Shi-Lang) must have alot issues, if they’re still trying get bugs out of the power-plant. Despite her size, i’d still be little nervous flying off a deck without a catpult. Rough seas must be “fun”.

  • Hunter76

    They’re in no rush to fight the US Navy. Fat targets are near. Even Taiwan would not need a carrier. Feint and fight — elsewhere.

  • Danny

    Hope she gets butt fucked by the French Navy.

  • G. Thompson

    steaming under her own power during her eighth sea trail

    What is a sea trail ? … Is that like a bike trail, or a hiking trail or trail mix?

    Could you have meant TRIAL ?????

  • cs4

    Why are you people always wanted a war between the US and China? Body bags manufacturers had surplus inventory or just wanted friends and families to come home in one?

    • ConMan

      it’s a military enthusiast forum, so you shouldn’t be surprised about the comments here

    • Riceball

      Nobody wants a war with China, at least nobody in a position of power in both governments. A war between the US & China would be bad for both sides not only terms of lives lost but also in terms of economic loss. Our two economies are so intertwined with each other that a major war between us would wreck both our economies, esp. China’s since a war between us would effectively make their share of our debt (in terms of Treasury bonds) worthless and if their economy tanks they’re going to have a lot of angry citizens who may be too angry to be distracted by a war with the US.

  • robert

    i agree but once china gets its sea legs,and figures stuff.out,then makes copies of the stuff they stole or bought covertly from our contractors,they will be a power to recon with,they have all the money now,so it wont be long before parity,is achieved..and soon enough.our contractors /big business,will sell us down the river,for them,big corporations buy our govt reps,for there own benefit,imagine,what will happen,once programs get cut,they are like Judas.and will sell us out in a moment ,believe that

    • Rod

      commas and periods. What are they??

    • tiger

      Hey, we stole tons of stuff from the Germans. So we are not that different.

  • TonyC

    Clean and neat in appearance, so they aren’t using it for flight operations.
    US Navy carriers look rough after flight operations start and the deck gets
    blasted by hot jet exhaust. This carrier is a way for China to learn how to
    build carriers. Then they will build their own designs and design jets to
    fly from them. In a way, it is reminescent of what Japan did prior to Pearl Harbor!

  • Robert

    RUSSIAN MADE and a start for China.
    Give them a few years and they will built their own….


  • How much do you want to bet that the first Chinese designed built carrier will be a clone for whatever the newest American carrier will be?

    • TomUK

      You mean like the USN ‘cloned’ RN carrier innovation (steam cat., angled deck, mirror landing) ? I don’t think so, surely you just build in what works – whoever developed it initially.

      • Riceball

        That’s true, form follows function and there’s only so many ways that you can build a carrier and still expect it to work effectively as a carrier. In the time since the first carrier was built only the Russians have tried to deviate from the basic plan of a carrier and the Kiev class was what resulted (ex-Varyag being a product of that class) and that was more of a missile cruiser that could carry a few planes and helos than a true carrier.

  • bfvifv40

    harpoon magnet!!!!

  • Will

    yep, copy for sure, don’t see US suing for patent infringement on stolen technology in this or any other administration LOL, considering China’s had a taste of capitalism, like it, and too much $$$ to be made by US to go after them

  • Will

    they just needed a platform large enough to carry back all the paper for US debt instruments they are buying….ok j/k so check fire

  • Anyone remember when the Chinese sub surfaced right in the middle of one of our carrier battle groups? Maybe we should stop by and say hello to their “new” carrier.

  • Randy

    I’m thinking SS Minnow. I wonder how you say “Gilligan and the Skipper too” in Chinese.

  • Winston ODell

    Don’t laugh. If it can launch aircraft, it will do damage and will ruin your friggin day. Hey guys, don’t let your postings be idiotic ramblings sounding like armchair wannabe’s. The Chinese are a very serious and highly capable military threat.

  • Victor

    Nice and neat, but I think a more practical design is needed to keep the pirates from
    raiding the oil tankers that Chana PRC imports thru the Straits of Mallacca and the
    indian ocean. Needs catapults, Jump jets,, attending frigants, destroyers, and attack
    subs to protect. as well as AWACS. Every time an oil tanker bound for China is hi jacked, it costs 20 million to get it back. Having a few of these should stop the piracy.