The official delivery and commissioning of China's first aircraft carrier “Liaoning ship" has attracted great attention from all sectors of the society. The reporters from the PLA Daily connected military experts and invited them to interpret related issues of the official commissioning of China's first aircraft carrier.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director of the Information Expert Committee under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said that the official commissioning of China's first aircraft carrier is of great significance to China's national defense. The aircraft carrier will make it possible that China's future naval surface battle group will have a real core. In the past, China's naval aviation force was mainly based on shore and China's warships were equipped with helicopters only, without much difference from the PLA Air Force. In the future, the naval aviation force will embark on the road of synchronous development of carrier-based aviation force and shore-based aviation force.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo commented that the commissioning of the first aircraft carrier means a major change, i.e. China's naval force structure will be adjusted to the marshalling style with aircraft carrier formation at the core.
Senior Colonel Meng Xiangqing, deputy director of the Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University (NDU) of the PLA, said that according to China's geopolitical conditions, the future development is destined to head for the ocean, and aircraft carrier is a good security tool. Moreover, aircraft carrier can further enhance the overall strength of the country and lay a good foundation for the development of national defense industries and scientific and technological manufacturing industry.
As for the reason why the hull number of China's first aircraft carrier is 16, Meng Xiangqing said that the hull numbers of China's naval ships are mainly featured by three-figure Arabic numerals. Currently, hull numbers featuring two-figure Arabic numerals are only adopted by the “Zheng He" ship (Ship 81) and the “Shichang" ship (Ship 82), two training ships of the Dalian Naval Academy of the PLA Navy, as well as the recently unveiled aircraft carrier support ship (Ship 88). The spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has long since announced that China's first aircraft carrier is positioned as a training ship and test ship, and therefore, it is reasonable to select a two-figure numeral as the hull number of the aircraft carrier.
News we recommend