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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

China's first aircraft carrier battle group to be formed next year

Liaoning CVChina's first aircraft carrier battle group is expected to be formed next year to make up for the shortcoming of the limited combat radius of its existing fleets, according to a report by xinhuanet.com, run by Beijing's mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency.

Citing the Military-Industrial Courier, a Russia-based weekly, the report said that escorted by 12 vessels of different classes, China's first carrier, the "Liaoning," which was purchased from Ukraine in 1998, embarked on its first blue-water passage in early 2014.

This means that China is considering different approaches for forming its aircraft carrier battle groups, including the one used by the United States Navy.

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