The Liaoning entered China's navy four years ago and information about the carrier's training regime had not previously been revealed. State-run news agency Xinhua published photos of the ship launching a missile to intercept an attacking object and of J-15 carrier-based fighter jets performing strike exercises using live ammunition.
The navy held the drill in the Bohai Sea off China's north coast, and mobilized dozens of ships and aircraft. They launched several projectiles including air-to-air, air-to-ship and ship-to-air missiles.
J-15 fighter jets on the deck of China's Liaoning aircraft carrier
The Liaoning crew prepare two fighter planes for takeoff
A pilot signals the plane is ready for takeoff
A jet begins takeoff with live ammunition on board
A J-15 launches an air-to-ship missile
Ship-to-air missiles are launched from the Liaoning