Singtao Daily comprehensive report: At 6.00am yesterday, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier set out for the sea for the first time after it was commissioned on September 25.
A reporter from China News Service saw both the Liaoning and its protection warship no. 88 brightly lit and people walking to and fro on their decks at a dock in Dalian port at 5:00am yesterday. It seemed that they were making preparations for sailing. Four tugboats were seen in a straight line by the left side of the Liaoning from bow to stern. At 5.40am, a large oil tanker was tugged away by the four tugboats to clear the way for the Liaoning to sail out.
At 5:55am, the commander of the carrier the Liaoning gave the order “deployment for leaving the dock”. Everyone on the carrier was immediately ready at his post. The ladder by the side of the ship was withdrawn and a fifth tugboat went near the ship’s stern.
At 6:00am sharp, amid loud sound of crackers, China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning turned towards the way out in 20 minutes with the help of five tugboats. At that time the dock was filled with the sound of crackers again.
When the Liaoning was formerly commissioned on September 25, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Lijun said at a routine press conference that after delivery to the navy, the Liaoning will continue to conduct scientific research tests and military training, and the work afterwards will be decided in light of the progress of the tests and training.
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