Defence Ministry said in a statement,“After returning to the shipyard the carrier will continue its refit and test work. Beijing last month sought to play down the capability of its first carrier, saying the vessel would be used for training and “research”.
According to media reports the ship, once called the Varyag, and was originally built for the Soviet navy. Construction was interrupted by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Andrei Chang, head of the Kanwa Information Centre, which monitors China’s military, told AFP news agency the trial would likely only last about an hour.
“The first sea trial is just for testing different items, like whether the engines work or not,” he said, adding that from Soviet and French aircraft carrier experience, on-off sea trials would continue for another year or two.