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  • Why is this Aircraft Carrier Here? (Google Earth)

    My appologies if this has been discussed before.

    For those of you with Google Earth, take a look at:
    31 Degrees, 06 Minutes, 17.80 Seconds North
    121 Degrees, 00 Minutes, 50.20 Seconds East

    What are the Chinese up to with this Aircraft Carrier? It seems a rather odd place to keep one. Is it an elaborate mock-up for training?

    For those of you without Google Earth take a look at this link:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11...craft_carrier/

    Yes the site is tongue-in-cheek, but the photo is real (if Google Earth is to be trusted).

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    Originally posted by Mechashef View Post
    My appologies if this has been discussed before.

    For those of you with Google Earth, take a look at:
    31 Degrees, 06 Minutes, 17.80 Seconds North
    121 Degrees, 00 Minutes, 50.20 Seconds East

    What are the Chinese up to with this Aircraft Carrier? It seems a rather odd place to keep one. Is it an elaborate mock-up for training?

    For those of you without Google Earth take a look at this link:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11...craft_carrier/

    Yes the site is tongue-in-cheek, but the photo is real (if Google Earth is to be trusted).

    The Chinese bought it to convert to a 'theme park'. Some believe it's to reverse engineer it to build Chinese aircraft carriers in the future.
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    • #3
      It would have been a fun job taking through those narrow canals to get it there!

      What ship was it before being sold to the Chinese? HMAS Melbourne?

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      • #4
        IIRC, it was the Russian Varyag.
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        • #5
          Its a replica of a Nimitz class at the Green Boat theme park near Shanghai.
          http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...na/cv-pics.htm


          The Varyag is still undergoing reconstruction at the Dalian shipyards in northern China, It should be operational sometime around mid 2008 from what I've found.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by the_redstar_swl View Post
            Its a replica of a Nimitz class at the Green Boat theme park near Shanghai.
            How Bizarre!

            Why would they do that?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mechashef View Post
              How Bizarre!

              Why would they do that?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mechashef View Post
                How Bizarre!

                Why would they do that?
                For the money. One billion Chinese = how many Yuan from visitors each year?

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                • #9
                  Hang on , surly this was done in JAPAN , there weird enough to build a aircraft carrier in a lake to go fishing off to catch imported coelecanths from Afirica......... er, just joking . That really is incredible, and if it wasnt for that photo from the inside of the theme park , you would never have guessed. I wonder if its about time we let the CIA know what we are privy to now!

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                  • #10
                    Check this out http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07...ngtan_mystery/

                    It seems the Chinese may plan on attacking India in the near future with this massive scale model of disputed area on the Chinese/India border.
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                    • #11
                      Either that or they looking even further and plan to invade Mars! Thats incredible, you really do wonder what that could be for , except for what pinpoint 99 has suggested, mind you , i.ve got some great model tanks at home, i could really use that for a diorama im trying to build!

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                      • #12
                        When I was a youngster our family would take drives through the mountains of Southern California. Somewhere, not sure where, there was a small lake off to one side of the highway (this was pretty high up in the mountains, maybe 5 to 7 thousand feet) that was apparently a US Navy base as there was a real live full size submarine, diesel I imagine, based there. I'll see if I can find out anything about this. Slug does this ring a bell?
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                        • #13
                          Since it's a replica of the Nimitz Class, they could attack somebody and then the country might blame it on the U.S
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                          • #14
                            I have read that its made out of concrete

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                            • #15
                              If that is indeed supposed to look like a Nimitz-class carrier, they failed miserably. It's too small, the island is completely wrong, and there's no communications tower aft of the island.
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