China’s aircraft carrier sets off for drills and a port call in Hong Kong

Peace and Freedom

Former Soviet vessel is expected to stop in city to help mark anniversary of handover to Beijing

By  South China Morning Post
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:57pm

The aircraft carrier Liaoning has departed Qingdao in Shandong province for a series of training exercises, the PLA Navy announced on Sunday.

The carrier is expected to stop in Hong Kong early next month, following a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city to Beijing.

The carrier was travelling with a flotilla that includes the destroyers Jinan and Yinchuan and the frigate Yantai, and was carrying a squadron of J-15 fighters and some helicopters, Xinhua said.

The view from the Liaoning as it leaves Qingdao. Photo: Xinhua

The report said the drills were “routine” and would strengthen coordination among the vessels…

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