China has officially taken receipt of a refurbished Soviet aircraft carrier, marking a new era for the People's Liberation Army Navy.
Zhang Zheng, the captain of the vessel, called Liaoning, pronounced the arrival of "China's carrier era", which comes at a time of increasing regional tensions and a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
The handover, however, is being seen as more symbolic than carrying any real intent, particularly as the Army Navy doesn't have a single fighter jet to land on it massive runway deck.
The Vessel is expected to be used more for training than actual operations, with the first Chinese-built carrier scheduled to enter service in 2015.
Premier Wen Jiabao described the acquisition as "a milestone in the PLA's history" and a move that "embodies a major achievement in China's weaponry and equipment development".
A statement on China's official military website, read: "It has important significance in effectively safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development benefits, and advancing world peace and common development."