Aircraft carrier video wars: China vs United States

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Yeah, we know, the Chinese finally have an aircraft carrier. Pretty kewl ship too – if you like ski jumps and non-nuclear propulsion. Not to mention yellow fighters.

In support of the 65th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy – or the PLAN in naval shorthand – the government-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China has come up with a lavishly-produced video about the newly-commissioned LIAONING. Aspiring to the cutting edge of social media, the Chinese even posted the video on YouTube.

And – oh my. This paean to the rise of PLAN power features flexing sailors, a very straight and proper male singer on the flight deck, plenty of sunrise – or sunset? – quick shots of the ship, cool lighting. Good bit of CGI too, it seems. Not so sure what the narrative is, but that’s probably not the main idea here – it’s clearly got the government seal of approval. Give it a six-minute whirl.

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‘Course, the US Navy has been doing the carrier thang for what, something like 90+ years now, so we’ve sorta got it down. Although lacking a corporate budget, sophisticated lighting gear and computer-generated neat things, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116 (VAW-116) in 2006 produced its own video while on a deployment aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). Their cover video of the Black Eyed Peas’ Pump It has more than 4.3 million hits on You Tube.

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So we know you’re late to the carrier game, China, but you’ve got some work to do on the video thing too. Welcome to the show!

Now beat 4 mil.



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Christopher P. Cavas

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