(ECNS) --China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, the second in total, was officially named Shandong.
Timeline of China's first domestically built aircraft carrier
China began building an aircraft carrier on its own in November 2013, with dock construction starting in March 2015.
April 26, 2017
The aircraft carrier was transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony in Dalian, NE China's Liaoning Province.
May 18, 2018
The aircraft carrier returned to dock at Dalian Shipyard after completing its first sea trials.
July 21, 2018
The aircraft carrier was seen docked beside the country's first carrier Liaoning in a harbor of Dalian Shipyard.
November 17, 2019
The aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Straits and conducted scientific research and routine training in the South China Sea.