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Liaoning aircraft carrier Photo: Xinhua

4. Liaoning aircraft carrier placed in service

China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning officially entered service on September 25, making China the 10th country in the world to have such a vessel in active service. Two months later, China's home-made fighters successfully completed takeoffs and landings on the Liaoning.

The CCTV’s video clip of the carrier deck crew’s somewhat comical-looking gesture to direct the jet pilots caught the eye of the public. A craze of mimicking the handsome and strong gesture followed suit and soon became a new online catchword—Hangmu Style.

The Ministry of National Defense said the service of the aircraft carrier would improve the modernization of Chinese navy’s comprehensive combat capabilities, strengthen the defense capabilities, protect national sovereignty and security and promote world peace and mutual development.

Zhang Zheng, a 43-year-old senior colonel in the navy and a former student of military academies in the UK, has been named the Liaoning's commanding officer.

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