China establishes carrier-based force

Kyodo

A carrier-borne aviation force has been formally established as part of the China’s navy, the official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

Xinhua said the navy is building a naval aviation force for the Liaoning, the nation’s first carrier, consisting of at least two aviation regiments, including fighters, reconnaissance aircraft, antisubmarine aircraft, electronic countermeasure planes and rotary-wing aircraft.