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China's refitted aircraft carrier platform sets sail for 2nd trial

(Xinhua)

13:21, November 29, 2011

China's first aircraft carrier and a ship bearing hull number 88 return to the place where it had been anchored near the carrier's berth in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, August 14, 2011. (CFP Photo)

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's refitted aircraft carrier sailed for its second sea trial on Tuesday for relevant scientific research and experiments, Chinese Ministry of National Defense said in a press release.

According to the press release, prior to sailing, the aircraft carrier had completed all the refitting and testing work as scheduled after its first sea trial in August.

The carrier was originally built by the former Soviet Union which named it Varyag, yet failed to complete the ship's construction before collapsing in 1991. The still-unnamed aircraft carrier was an empty shell. Ukraine disarmed it and removed its engines before selling it to China.

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