China's First Ever Aircraft Carrier: It's Aliiiiiiive!S

China's readying its aircraft carrier debut—a gently owned Russian vessel that's being refitted for serious sea cruising. The progress has been slow (it's a gigantic aircraft carrier, to be fair), but has reached a milestone: lights on.

China's First Ever Aircraft Carrier: It's Aliiiiiiive!S

Electricity's coursing through the Shi Lang (an old Soviet "Varyag," model) and China Defense Blog points out the deck's mostly cleared. So this refurbished bruiser could be ready for plane-flinging action as soon later this year. Plane lights, deck lights, carrier lights, strobe lights, all of the lights, all of the lights. [China Defense Blog via DefenseTech]