The colossal vessel, which displaces 50,000 metric tons, left the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry's shipyard in Liaoning province about 7 am amid thick fog with the assistance of several tugboats before navigating into the sea under its own power.
Zhang Junshe, a researcher with the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said the Chinese Navy needs at least three aircraft carriers.
Chinese state media has quoted analysts as saying the carrier is likely to be ready to be combat ready two years after its expected delivery to the navy at the end of this year.
The Shandong will be able to carry up to 24 Shenyang J-15 multirole fighter jets, a variant of the fourth-generation Sukhoi Su-33 twin-engines air superiority fighter, as well as around ten rotary wing aircraft including Changshe Z-18, Ka-31, or Harbin Z-9 helicopters. For example, the new ship's island is shorter and the landing section is longer.
The new vessel, by comparison, will focus on what a genuine aircraft carrier is supposed to do like conducting combat-ready patrols and safeguarding China's maritime sovereignty and interests, the report said.
Note that the report from national television channel CCTV-13 revealed the name of the commanding officer of the new aircraft carrier: Rear Admiral LAI Yi Jun (来 奕 军), former commander of the 8th Frigate Flotilla and captain of the 522 Lianyungang frigate (Type 053H3).
The annexation has not be recognised by the global community. "I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood". David Keyes, the spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu, says that while Israel doesn't want war, the Iranian regime does.
One would struggle to think of a more impactful debut season than that which Mohamed Salah is now enjoying at Liverpool . It will not be an easy task for the Reds but the star is positive that they can win the coveted title.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into the history of the rifle and who owned the gun. Ricky Munoz, 23, told CNN he had just dropped his two younger brothers and a friend off at Highland just after 7 a.m.
According to the announcement the company is working on launching "world's first urban aviation network". Urban aviation in Los Angeles is closer than you think , and Uber is showing us what it might look like.
Capcom has announced that Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is hitting the portable/console hybrid stateside in August. The Switch is finally getting some Monster Hunter love with Capcom releasing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate .
David Goodall , who was not terminally ill, died while listening to Beethoven having enjoyed his last meal of fish and chips. Ethicists at a leading Swiss medical association oppose assisted suicide for anyone besides people with terminal illnesses.
The company said it was contacted by Mueller's office in November, though it now considers its role in that inquiry closed. Novartis said it has provided information to special counsel Robert Mueller's office regarding its agreement with Mr.
Prince Harry's ex-Army comrades have spoken of their nerves at being given a ceremonial role at his wedding to Meghan Markle . Additional coverage with a primetime special on Friday, May 18 at 10pm ET and Saturday, May 19 at 10 pm eastern.
I have the greatest respect and admiration for these mothers who are trying to be comforters, disciplinarians and breadwinners. Microchimerism is the condition where a woman carries cells originating in her children (their DNA) decades after childbirth.
The pound , which had risen to a high of nearly $1.44 on the expectation of a May rate hike, fell close to $1.35 on the decision. Inflation fell faster than the BoE had expected and the economy grew at its slowest annual rate in five years in early 2018.
On May 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during a three-day state visit to Japan. Forty years later, the two sides should continue to follow the spirit of the treaty, said the premier.
Weather: Showers on tap for Saturday evening
A frost or freeze will be likely to the north of Wausau tonight , along with a chance of frost Saturday night . Highs in the mid 70s in north central Kansas to the mid 80s to near 90 elsewhere.
MMA DFS Playbook: UFC 224 - Nunes vs. Pennington
The referee stepped in as she landed a series of grounded shots to Pennington, who suffered a broken nose during the fight. The bout marks the third time Nunes will be defending the belt, since she submitted Miesha Tate in 2016.
NASA sends a helicopter to Mars
If the helicopter does not work, the Mars project will not fail. These images released by NASA show the surface of Mars . Mars is about 20 light minutes away from Earth .
Paris knife attacker from Chechnya, parents arrested
France has been on high alert for terror attacks in recent years, after a string of deadly ISIS-inspired massacres. Later in the evening the IS group said it was behind the attack, in a brief statement posted on its news outlet.
Ukraine makes it to Eurovision 2018 Grande Final
The singing competition blocked China's Mango TV from airing the second semi-final after it did not air Ireland's performance. The broadcasters additionally censored the performance from Albania, reportedly due to its contestant's visible tattoos.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine could be saved after Fox cancellation
Producer Universal Television had been in talks with Hulu to keep the series afloat, but the streaming service ultimately passed. That's a long shot, but Hulu has done it a few times before - most notably with The Mindy Project - so it's not impossible.
Israeli forces kill Palestinian during protests near Gaza border
Holding Palestinian flags and banners, the protesters were chanting "Free Palestine", "Freedom Now" and "End Occupation" slogans. There are also fears that the West Bank and East Jerusalem will see protests and the IDF has sent in reinforcements there too.
Pharma breathes easy as Trump's drug pricing plan fizzles
Trump's plan mostly targets drug makers and distributors, seeking to increase competition and create incentives for lower prices. Trump called his plan the "most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people".
RBS agrees $4.9bn U.S. fine in 'milestone moment'
The US Department of Justice said further details must be negotiated with RBS before a final deal is done. Big shots of the bank seem to be highly positive about the deal, claiming it to be a "milestone".