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China’s second aircraft carrier, first Type 055 destroyer embark on sea trials

28 August 2018

China’s second aircraft carrier sailed from the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) shipyard on 26 August to embark on its second period of sea trials, just two days after the country’s first locally built 10,000-tonne Type 055 destroyer began its initial sea trials, according to Chinese state media.

"The carrier's second sea trials will focus on dealing with issues that arose during the first [trials],” military expert Song Zhongping was quoted by the state-owned Global Times newspaper as saying on 26 August.

The analyst pointed out that while the main focus will be on testing the ship's propulsion and power systems, the newest set of trials will involve “heavier payloads and other system diagnostics including command, communication, and damage management”.

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