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Xi aboard first aircraft carrier, watches training

Updated: 2013-08-30 18:35
( Xinhua)

SHENYANG - President Xi Jinping has this week visited the Shenyang military theater of operations and watched a training session for the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.

Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), called on the military to deeply implement the goal of strengthening the troops so as to constantly enhance their ability to fulfill missions, during his recent visit to northeast China.

Xi, who is general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, urged the military to make greater contributions to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development.

On Wednesday, he watched take-off and landing training of carrier-based aircraft and asked questions about the equipment at a training base of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

Xi applauded the pilots' efficient performance and praised their command of flight skills under complicated weather conditions.

The president listened carefully to an introduction to the aircraft's design and capability, urging technicians to carefully analyze the plane's test flight data and encouraging them to make persistent efforts and keep studying and practicing in order to become excellent pilots.

He also visited the city of Dalian and boarded the Liaoning aircraft carrier at the Dalian Port to review a parade of the honor guard.

On the carrier, Xi went down into the cabin. He asked about the capabilities and features of the equipment on board and was told about soldiers' training progress.

Xi was concerned about the carrier's logistics, asking specifically about soldiers' lodging, dining and medical treatment.

The president accepted the carrier's emblem and souvenir cap presented by sailors and signed his name in the log.

Waving good-bye to soldiers, Xi urged the Liaoning's captain and commissar to keep in mind their duty and make contributions to build a strong Navy.

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