China's Carrier Getting Ready for Flight Ops?

Well, if we need a hint that China's first aircraft carrier, the ex-soviet Varyag is getting ready for flight operations, this might be it. These pictures show ex-Varyag's crew conducting what looks like a FOD sweep of the ship's flight deck. Remember, we saw a Z-8 helo operating around her flight deck just before her maiden voyage last August. On her last couple of cruises we saw what appeared to be an aircraft fueling truck sitting on her deck. Speaking of interesting things on her flight deck, check out the camoflage trailer with what looks like some sort of satellite or radar antenna on top of it sitting on the deck just aft of the ship's island.

Click through the jump for more images.

Images via China Defense Blog.

 

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