China's first domestic aircraft carrier, the Shandong warship was delivered at a military port in Sanya, Hainan in the afternoon of December 17. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the State and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the handover ceremony.
Sanya, on the coast of the South China Sea, has the same color of water and sky, and the weather is warm and the wind is clear. In the military port, the Shandong warship was lying still with its flags hanging high. About 5,000 representatives from naval forces and aircraft carrier construction units lined up neatly at the dock in a grand and warm atmosphere.
At about 4 pm, the handover ceremony began. The whole audience sang the national anthem of the People's Republic of China and the five-star red flag gradully rose. The ceremonial soldiers escorted the Bayi military flag and naming certificate and marched to the front of the rostrum. Xi Jinping awarded the Bayi military flag and naming certificate to the captain and political commissar of the Shandong warship respectively. The captain and political commissar of the Shandong warship saluted Xi Jinping and received the Bayi military flag and naming certificate from Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping took a photo with them. The handover ceremony ended with the singing of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Later, Xi Jinping boarded the Shandong warship to inspect the guard of honor. Xi Jinping inspected the relevant equipment to understand the working and living conditions of carrier-based aircraft pilots. Xi Jinping went to the cab to have cordial communication with the officers and soldiers and solemnly signed the navigation log.
Xi Jinping met with representatives of officers and soldiers of the aircraft carrier force and representatives of the aircraft carrier construction unit at the dock. Xi Jinping affirmed the achievements made in China's aircraft carrier construction and encouraged them to make persistent efforts and make new contributions to the Party and the people.
Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, He Lifeng and Li Zuocheng attended the ceremony. Zhang Youxia presided over the ceremony and announced the handover of China's first domestic aircraft carrier to the list and the ship's name and gangway number.
Lei Fanpei, chairman of China Shipping Group Co., Ltd., and Shen Jinlong, commander of the navy, spoke at the ceremony one after another.
With the approval of the Central Military Commission, China's first domestic aircraft carrier was named "Shandong Warship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy" with a gangway number of "17".
Responsible comrades from relevant departments of the central and state organs, relevant departments of the Military Commission, the southern war zone, the navy, Hainan Province and aircraft carrier construction units attended the ceremony.