The CNS Fujian towed at China State Shipbuilding Corp’s Jiangnan Shipyard Group in Shanghai. Chinese Ministry of Defense
Seoul, South Korea CNN — The Chinese navy’s massive new aircraft carrier, the CNS Fujian, is expected to head to sea for the first time this year, the ship’s executive officer said in an interview with state media.
In a report on the interview published Tuesday by state-run China Daily, Senior Capt. Qian Shumin did not give an exact date for when the aircraft carrier will undergo its first sea excursions, saying only that “the trials will contribute to the realization of the centenary goals of the People’s Liberation Army.”
That centenary, which comes in 2027, was referenced by Chinese leader Xi Jinping in October as a deadline for the PLA to meet its modernization goals.
The Fujian is the largest warship China has ever built and bringing it into operation is a key component in the PLA Navy’s objectives.
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China’s sea monster: The Fujian, one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, set to enter trials — Interesting Engineering