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The first Chinese aircraft carrier, refurbished out of the Varyag unfinished Ukrainian carrier, sailed for its 10th sea trial on 28 August 2012. The Chinese official news agency Xinhua, while putting this fact out in the public domain cited its naval experts as surmising that the 304 meter long carrier with a beam (width) of 37 meters and displacing 58,500 tons, will be inducted into the naval service later this year.

China's first aircraft carrier, now referred to as the Liaoning by China's Ministry of National Defense, has been officially delivered and commissioned to China's navy, according official Chinese media. The handover ceremony, with top Chinese leaders presiding, took place on the morning of September 25 at a naval base in Dalian, a port city in northeast China's Liaoning province.

The best view of China's new flagship, which inspires fear in its enemies, could recently be had from a window on the fourth floor of an IKEA store in Dalian, a port city in northeastern China. Here, someone had scratched out a viewing hole in the opaque film masking the window, providing a view of the pier across the way - and of the Varyag.

Reports on Monday indicated that the PLAN has finally settled on a name for its aircraft carrier, heretofore known as the ex-Varyag. While speculation included names such as "Beijing," "Mao Zedong," and "Shi Lang," the PLAN instead decided to adopt a relatively conventional naming strategy, dubbing the refurbished Soviet-era carrier "Liaoning" in honor of the province that has hosted the warship's refit.