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ex-Varyag has left the dock....


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Whether under her own power or under tow, Varyag left the Port of Dalian according to Xinhua News. A quick search of the various Chinese forums shows an empty bearth where Varyag was supposedly tied up. Visibility was quite poor at the time which assists in a quiet/covert departure. Xinhua reports that the initial trial won't be long and that the vessel will return to complete her 'refit' soon.

 

Hopefully we'll be seeing some periscope photos in the near future, hopefully they'll include the tug. B)

 

Later

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From DefenseNews

 

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China's Aircraft Carrier Ends Maiden Trip: Xinhua

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Published: 15 Aug 2011 10:03

 

BEIJING - China's first aircraft carrier has returned to port after completing a "smooth" set of sea trials designed to test its capabilities, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Aug. 15.

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