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The following table brackets a plausible range of assumptions, ranging from a program that starts soon and moves fast, with the first ship already building and entering service in 2020, with subsequent units following at two year intervals, versus a slower program that sees subsequent units joining at three year intervals. The relatively sudden appearance of the [admittedly small displacement] Jingdao Type 056 light frigates, and blazing construction pace of this class renders the "soon and fast" scenario as plausible as the "late and slow" program. By one account, China plans to have by 2049 - the Centenary of the founding of the PRC - completed construction of 10 aircraft carriers.

# Name Builder Fleet Laid
Down
Launch Comm Notes
CV - Block 1
CV16 Liaoning
ex-Varyag
Dalian
Shipbuilding
South
China
Sea
Fleet
** Dec
1985
** Dec
1988
25 Sep
2012
training
CV17 Shandong Dalian
Shipbuilding
South
China
Sea
Fleet
Nov
2013
26 Apr
2017
17 Dec
2019
CVA - Block 2
CV Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
East
China
Sea
Fleet
2016
2017
2019
2020
2021
2025
2017 : design unclear
2019 : clearly flat deck CATOBAR
2019 : not nuclear
CV Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
North
China
Sea
Fleet
2018
2020
2021
2023
2023
2026
At least 3, with
one for each fleet
CVN - Block 3
CVN Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
South
China
Sea
Fleet
2020
2023
2023
2026
2025
2028
Probably 4, with
one for mainteance float
CVN Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
East
China
Sea
Fleet
2022
2026
2025
2029
2027
2031
9 Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
North
China
Sea
Fleet
2024 2027 2029 Fast Program @ two yards
11 Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
North
China
Sea
Fleet
2026 2029 2031 Fast Program @ two yards
2 CVN for each fleet
would imply 8 total,
allowing for maintenance float
13 Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
East
China
Sea
Fleet
2028 2031 2033 Fast Program @ two yards
15 Jiangnan Shipyard
Changxing Island
South
China
Sea
Fleet
2039 2032 2035 10 CVNs would match the 2017 US Navy
it might prove difficult to
turn off a hot production line
CVN - Block 3B - Second Yard, Fast Program
7 Dalian
Shipbuilding
North
China
Sea
Fleet
2021 2024 2026
8 Dalian
Shipbuilding
South
China
Sea
Fleet
2023 2026 2028
10 Dalian
Shipbuilding
East
China
Sea
Fleet
2025 2028 2030
12 Dalian
Shipbuilding
South
China
Sea
Fleet
2027 2030 2032
14 Dalian
Shipbuilding
East
China
Sea
Fleet
2029 2032 2034 10 CVNs would match the 2016 US Navy






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