China commissions first domestically built aircraft carrier

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China commissioned its second aircraft carrier, the first which was designed and built domestically, CNS Shandong on December 17.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the commissioning ceremony.

According to Chinese Navy, in report by Chinese media, CNS Shandong displaces at least 50,000 metric tons of water.

“It has conventional propulsion systems and uses a ramp to launch J-15 fighter jets, the spearhead of China’s carriers, like CNS Liaoning. The ship also deploys several types of helicopters,” the report added.