Chinese Navy launches the Type 003 aircraft carrier Fujian

According to a tweet published by Louis Cheung HK on June 17, 2022, the People's Liberation Army Navy launches the Type 003 aircraft carrier Fujian at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Type 003 aircraft carrier (Picture source: Weibo)

Fujian is China's first aircraft carrier to use a CATOBAR system and electromagnetic catapults, as well as the first supercarrier built outside the United States. The vessel, named Fujian, was launched with a hull number of 18. China expects the carrier to enter service in 2023.

Type 003 is expected to use integrated electric propulsion (IEP) and electromagnetic catapults, whereas preceding Chinese carriers were conventionally powered and launched aircraft with ski jumps.

Measurements based on satellite and aerial photography suggested a hull/waterline length of 300 meters - nearly the flight deck length of China's existing carriers - a maximum beam of 40 meters (131 ft 3 in), and a displacement of more than 85,000 tonnes (84,000 long tons).

Jiangnan Shipyard is a historic shipyard in Shanghai, China. The shipyard has been state-owned since its founding in 1865 and is now operated as Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd.