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China’s aircraft carrier conducts live combat drill in East China Sea

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China’s aircraft carrier conducts ‘live combat drill’ in East China Sea

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China’s sole aircraft carrier has led a flotilla of naval vessels in a “live combat drill” in the East China Sea, state media reported on Tuesday. The sea is home to uninhabited islets at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing. The Japanese government has long complained about China’s routine dispatch of coast guard ships to waters surrounding the islands. In this April 12, 2018 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines |Photo Credit: AP Beijing: China’s sole aircraft carrier has led a flotilla of naval vessels in a “live combat drill” in the East China Sea, state media reported on Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing’s burgeoning navy. The official Xinhua news agency said the vessels “took part in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare training” with a simulated “opposing force”. Xinhua said the drill, which took place on Sunday, included multiple take-offs from the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier by J-15 fighter jets and that “anti-air missiles were fired from ships surrounding the carrier”. The manoeuvre occurred in the East China Sea, though the report did not give an exact location. The sea is home to uninhabited islets at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing. The Japanese government has long complained about China’s routine dispatch of coast guard ships to waters surrounding the islands. The presence of a naval convoy carrying out live fire drills in the East China Sea could anger Tokyo. The Liaoning is a refurbished Cold War-era aircraft carrier that was bought from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012. It has been on a high-visibility tour in recent weeks, carrying out a series of muscle-flexing drills accompanied by a flotilla of support ships, including destroyers. Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the convoy as …
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    Sihar Tobing
    April 28, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Routine Sea Carier Ship patrol of Chaina State Navy in S'Chaina sea…Bravo.

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