Satellite imagery from May 31 and June 18 shows China’s third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, before and after its launch in Shanghai on Friday, June 17.
The ship is China’s first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier that uses catapults, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
The Fujian has a full-load displacement of more than 80,000 tons and is equipped with electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices, Xinhua said. The ship is set to carry out mooring tests and sea trials after its launch, Xinhua added.
An image released by Maxar shows the moored Fujian on June 18. Further images captured on the same date show the empty Jiangnan Shipyard where the ship was launched. Maxar said an image of the carrier in the dockyard was taken on May 31. Credit: Maxar Technologies via Storyful