The Chinese PLA Navy’s aircraft carrier Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait and headed to the South China Sea for trans-regional maneuver training on December 20, according to Senior Captain Liu Wensheng, spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Navy.

Since the aircraft carrier Shandong entered service last year, it has completed the training tasks including carrier-based aircraft takeoff and landing, carrier-borne weapons operation, combat system commissioning, etc. The systematic combat capability of the carrier strike group has got continuously improvement.

The spokesperson stressed that the carrier strike group’s trans-regional maneuver training this time is a regular arrangement within the annual training plan, and the Chinese navy will continue to organize such training activities according to the needs in the future.