1. China

    First Aircraft Carrier Enters Service

    This photo taken on September 24, 2012 shows China's first aircraft carrier, a former Soviet carrier called the Varyag, docked after its handover to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province. China's first aircraft carrier was handed over on September 23 to the navy of the People's Liberation Army, state press said, amid rising tensions over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas.  CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    It's a big day for China as the Asian nation's first-ever aircraft carrier is launched into service. The 300-meter carrier is actually a Soviet-era ship that was purchased from Ukraine and refitted in Liaoning—after which it was named. There are no operational aircraft aboard the carrier; it's being used for training right now, but the Chinese government intends for it to eventually be put to use to defend the country and its interests. The launch comes amid a dispute between China and Japan over some islands in the East China Sea, and Japan as well as other countries have recently expressed concern over China's growing Navy. 

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