09 January, 2008

What's in a name? The Shi Lang

Several sources (including StrategyPage and Janes) are confirming that the ex-Soviet carrier Varyag, sold to the Peoples Liberation Army Navy, has been renamed the Shi Lang, in honor of the Chinese admiral who first captured Taiwan, in 1683.

Experts expect the Shi Lang will be used as a training carrier, as well as a platform for reverse engineering. But I can't help but find the name to be interesting. It's not exactly the most subtle message, is it?

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