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The People’s Liberation Army Navy is the naval branch of the People’s Liberation Army of China. Until the early 1990s, it played a subordinate role to Chinese ground forces. Since then, it has undergone rapid modernization. It is currently the second-largest navy in the world.

Aircraft Carriers


Type 004 class Aircraft Carrier
100000 tons Chinese design
1 unit in procurement
 

Type 003 class Aircraft Carrier
85-100000 tons Chinese design
1 unit under construction
 

Type 002 class Aircraft Carrier
(modified Soviet Kuznetsov class design)
315 meters / 70000 tons
CV 17 PLANS Shandong (2019)
 

Type 001 Aircraft Carrier
(ex Soviet Kuznetsov class)
305 meters / 67500 tons

CV 16 PLANS Liaoning
 (2012) – ex Soviet Riga / ex Varyag
 
 

Destroyers


Type 055 class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (2020)
(NATO – Renhai class)
DDG 101 PLANS Nanchang (?)
> total 8 units planned

 

Type 052D class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (2014)
(NATO – Luyang III class)
157 meter variant
DDG 117 PLANS Xining | DDG 118 PLANS Urumqi | DDG 119 PLANS Guiyang
DDG 120 PLANS Chengdu | DDG 121 PLANS Qiqihar | DDG 131 PLANS Taiyuan
DDG 154 PLANS Xiamen | DDG 155 PLANS Nanjing | DDG 161 PLANS Hohhot
DDG 172 PLANS Kunming | DDG 173 PLANS Changsha | DDG 174 PLANS Hefei
DDG 175 PLANS Yinchuan

 
161 meter variant (Type 052DL)
DDG 122 PLANS Tangshan | DDG 123 PLANS Huainan | DDG 124 PLANS Kaifeng
DDG 132 PLANS Suzhou | DDG 133 PLANS Baotou | DDG 134 PLANS Shaoxing
DDG 156 PLANS Zibo | DDG 157 PLANS Yeosu | DDG 162 PLANS Nanning
DDG 163 PLANS Jiaozuo | DDG 164 PLANS Guilin | DDG 165 PLANS Zhanjiang

 

Type 051C class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (2006)
(NATO – Luzhou class)
DDG 115 PLANS Shenyang | DDG 116 PLANS Shijiazhuang
 
 
Type 052C class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (2005)
(NATO – Luyang II class)
DDG 170 PLANS Lanzhou | DDG 171 PLANS Haikou | DDG 150 PLANS Changchun
DDG 151 PLANS Zhengzhou | DDG 152 PLANS Jinan | DDG 153 PLANS Xi’an
 

Type 052B class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (2004)
(NATO – Luyang I class)
DDG 168 PLANS Guangzhou | DDG 169 PLANS Wuhan
 

Hangzhou class Guided Missile Destroyer – DDG (1999)
(Soviet Project 956-EM – Sovremenny class)
DDG 136 PLANS Hangzhou | DDG 137 PLANS Fuzhou
 
DDG 138 PLANS Taizhou | DDG 139 PLANS Ningbo
 

Type 051B class Destroyer (1999)
(NATO – Luhai class)
DDG 167 PLANS Shenzhen
 

Type 052 class Guided Missile Destroyer (1994)
(NATO – Luhu class)
DDG 112 PLANS Harbin | DDG 113 PLANS Qingdao
 

Type 051G class Guided Missile Destroyer (1991)
(NATO – Luda III class)
DDG 165 PLANS Zhanjiang (1991-2020)
DDG 166 PLANS Zhuhai
 (1991-2020)Type 051D/DT/Z class Guided Missile Destroyer(1976)
(NATO – Luda I class)
DDG 108 PLANS Xining 
| DDG 163 PLANS Nanchang | DDG 133 PLANS Chongqing
DDG 134 PLANS Zunyi 
| DDG 164 PLANS Guilin
 
051D > converted to 051DT
DDG 109 PLANS Kaifeng | DDG 110 PLANS Dalian
 
051D > converted to 051Z
DDG 132 PLANS HefeiType 051 class Guided Missile Destroyer(1971)
(NATO – Luda I/II class)
105 PLANS Jinan – converted to Luda II
 
106 PLANS Xi’an 
| 107 PLANS Yinchuan | 131 PLANS Nanjing
160 PLANS Guangzhou 
| 161 PLANS Changsha | 162 PLANS Nanning
 

Frigates + Corvettes

 


Type 056A class Corvette (2014)
(NATO – Jiangdao II class)
FSG 600 PLANS Songyuan | FSG 540/601 PLANS Wuhai | FSG 602 PLANS Pingdingshan
FSG 603 PLANS Dingzhou | FSG 604 PLANS Mudanjiang | FSG 605 PLANS Zhangjiakou
FSG 606 PLANS Xinji | FSG 607 PLANS Laiwu | FSG 608 PLANS Liaocheng
FSG 609 PLANS Shizuishan | FSG 610 PLANS Shuozhou | FSG 611 PLANS Lu’an
FSG 615 PLANS Xiaogan | FSG 616 PLANS Tai’an | FSG 617 PLANS Jingdezhen
FSG 618 PLANS Shangqiu | FSG 619 PLANS Nanyang | FSG 620 PLANS Ganzhou
FSG 621 PLANS Panzhihua | FSG 622 PLANS Guang’an | FSG 623 PLANS Wenshan
FSG 624 PLANS Suizhou | FSG 625 PLANS Bazhong | FSG 626 PLANS Wuzhou
FSG 627 PLANS Enshi | FSG 628 PLANS Yongzhou | FSG 629 PLANS Tongling
FSG 630 PLANS Aba | FSG 631 PLANS Tianmen | FSG 636 PLANS Jining
FSG 637 PLANS Shiyan | FSG 593/638 PLANS Sanmenxia | FSG 594/639 PLANS Zhuzhou
FSG 513/640 PLANS Ezhou | FSG 518/641 PLANS Yiwu | FSG 554/642 PLANS Deyang
FSG 556/643 PLANS Yichun | FSG 507/644 PLANS Tongren | FSG 535/645 PLANS Xuancheng
FSG 551/646 PLANS Suining | FSG 557/647 PLANS Nanchong | FSG 520/648 PLANS Hanzhong
FSG 552/649 PLANS Guangyuan | FSG 541/654 PLANS Zhangye | FSG 502/655 PLANS Huangshi
FSG 505/656 PLANS Qinhuangdao | FSG 504/666 PLANS Suqian | FSG 506/667 PLANS Jingmen
FSG 508/668 PLANS Qujing | FSG 514/669 PLANS Liupanshui

 

Type 056 class Corvette (2013)
(NATO – Jiangdao class)
FSG 501 PLANS Xinyang | FSG 503 PLANS Suzhou | FSG 509 PLANS Huaian
FSG 510 PLANS Ningde | FSG 511 PLANS Baoding | FSG 512 PLANS Heze
FSG 580 PLANS Datong | FSG 581 PLANS Yingkou | FSG 582 PLANS Bengbu
FSG 583 PLANS Shangrao | FSG 584 PLANS Meizhou | FSG 585 PLANS Baise
FSG 586 PLANS Gian | FSG 587 PLANS Jieyang | FSG 588 PLANS Quanzhou
FSG 589 PLANS Qingyuan | FSG 590 PLANS Weihai | FSG 591 PLANS Fushun
FSG 592 PLANS Luzhou | FSG 595 PLANS Chaozhou | FSG 596 PLANS Huizhou
FSG 597 PLANS Qinzhou

 
 
Type 054A class Frigate (2008)
(NATO – Jiangkai II class – a total of 50 units planned)
FFG 529 PLANS Zhoushan | FFG 530 PLANS Xuzhou | FFG 570 PLANS Huangshan
FFG 568 PLANS Hengyang FFG 571 PLANS Yuncheng | FFG 569 PLANS Yulin
FFG 548 PLANS Yiyang | FFG 549 PLANS Changzhou | FFG 538 PLANS Yantai
FFG 546 PLANS Yancheng | FFG 572 PLANS Hengshui | FFG 547 PLANS Linyi
FFG 573 PLANS Liuzhou | FFG 575 PLANS Yueyang | FFG 550 PLANS Weifang
FFG 574 PLANS Sanya | FFG 576 PLANS Daqing | FFG 577 PLANS Huanggang
FFG 579 PLANS Handan | FFG 578 PLANS Yangzhou | FFG 532 PLANS Jingzhou
FFG 531 PLANS Xiangtan | FFG 515 PLANS Binzhou | FFG 536 PLANS Xuchang
FFG 539 PLANS Wuhu | FFG 598 PLANS Rizhao | FFG 599 PLANS Anyang
FFG 500 PLANS Xianning | FFG 533 PLANS Nantong | FFG 542 PLANS Zaozhuang
FFG 534 PLANS Ziyang | FFG 535 PLANS Hebi | FFG 540 PLANS Xichang
FFG 537 PLANS Anqing | FFG 518 PLANS Gian | FFG 514 PLANS Zhenjiang
FFG 552 PLANS Yibin | FFG 516 PLANS Jiujiang | FFG 517 PLANS Nanping
FFG 513 PLANS Huaian | FFG 551 PLANS Maoming | FFG 555 PLANS Zhaotong
FFG 556 PLANS Yingtan
 
 
Type 054 class Frigate (2005)
(NATO – Jiangkai I class)
525 PLANS Ma’anshan | 526 PLANS Wenzhou
 


Type 053H3 class Frigate
(NATO – Jiangwei II class)
522 PLANS Lianyungang (1998-2019) – sold to Bangladesh > BNS Umar Farooq (F-16)
521 PLANS Jiaxing (1999-2019) – sold to Bangladesh > BNS Abu Ubaidah (F-19)
523 PLANS Putian (1999-2019) – sold to Bangladesh > BNS Khalid Bin Walid (F-20)
564 PLANS Yichang (1999- )
565 PLANS Huludao (2000- ) – ex Yulin, renamed Sanya in 2008, then to current name
524 PLANS Sanming (2000- )
567 PLANS Xiangyang (2002- ) – ex Xiangfan
566 PLANS Huaihua (2002- )
527 PLANS Luoyang (2005- )
528 PLANS Mianyang (2005- )

Type 053H1G class Frigate
(NATO – Jianghu V class)
558 PLANS Beihai (1993) – ex Zigong
560 PLANS Dongguan (1993)
561 PLANS Shantou (1993)
559 PLANS Foshan (1994) – ex Kangding
562 PLANS Jiangmen (1995)
563 PLANS Zhaoqing (1995)

Type 053H2G class Frigate
(NATO – Jiangwei I class)
539 PLANS Anqing (1992-2015) – transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31239
540 PLANS Huainan (1992-2015) – transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31240
541 PLANS Huaibei (1993-2015) – transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31241
542 PLANS Tongling (1994-2015) – transferred to Sri Lanka in 2018 > SLNS Parakramabahu (P 625)

 

Type 053H1Q class Frigate
(NATO – Jianghu IV class)
544 PLANS Lushun (1985) – ex Siping > now Chinese Naval Academy training ship

Type 053H2 class Frigate
(NATO – Jianghu III class)
535 PLANS Huangshi (1986-2013) – sold to Bangladesh > BNS Abu Bakar (F 15)
536 PLANS Wuhu (1987-2013) – sold to Bangladesh > BNS Ali Haider (F 17)
537 PLANS Cangzhou (1990-2019) – ex Zhoushan

Type 053H1 class Frigate
(NATO – Jianghu II class)
533 PLANS Taizhou (1982-2019) – ex Ningbo
534 PLANS Jinhua (1982-2019)
543 PLANS Dandong (1985- )
553 PLANS Shaoguan (1985- )
554 PLANS Anshun (1986-2012) – transferred to Burma > F 21 UMS Mahar Bandoola
555 PLANS Zhaotong (1987- )
545 PLANS Linfen (1987-2019)
556 PLANS Xiangtan(1987-89) – transferred to Bangladesh > BNS Osman (F18)
557 PLANS Jishou (1988-2012) – transferred to Burma > F23 UMS Mahar Thiha Thura

Type 053H class Frigate
(NATO – Jianghu I class)
516 PLANS Jiujiang (1975-2018) – ex Changsha, converted into fire support ship in 2002
515 PLANS Xiamen (1975-2013) – preserved as a museum ship
517 PLANS Nanping (1977- ) – now Chinese Naval Academy training ship
511 PLANS Nantong (1977-2012)
513 PLANS Huai’an (1977-2013) – ex Huaiyin, transferred to University of Naval Engineering as training ship
512 PLANS Wuxi (1978-2012)
514 PLANS Zhenjiang (1979-2013)
518 PLANS Ji’an (1979-2012)
510 PLANS Shaoxing (1979-2007) – transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #1003
509 PLANS Changde (1979-2007) – transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #1002
519 PLANS Changzhi (1979- ) – reserved as an experiment platform
520 PLANS Kaifeng (1980-1992) – running aground in 1985, scrapped
551 PLANS Maoming (1980-2012) – scrapped
552 PLANS Yibin (1980-2012) – scrapped

Type 053K class Frigate
(NATO – Jiangdong class)
531 PLANS Yingtan (1975-1994) – now museum ship
532 PLANS ?? (1977-1986) – scrapped

 

 
Amphibious Ships
 


Type 075 class Amphibious Assault Ship (2021)
(NATO – Yushen class LHA – 8 units planned)
LHD 31 PLANS Hainan | LHD 32 PLANS Guangxi | LHD 33 PLANS Anhui
 

Type 071 class Amphibious Transport Dock – LSD (2007)
(NATO – Yuzhao class)
LSD 980 PLANS Longhu Shan | LSD 985 PLANS Qilian Shan
LSD 986 PLANS Siming Shan | LSD 987 PLANS Wuzhi Shan
LSD 988 PLANS Yimeng Shan | LSD 989 PLANS Changbai Shan
LSD 990 PLANS Ali Shan | LSD 995 PLANS Shiwan Dashan
LSD 998 PLANS Kunlun Shan | LSD 999 PLANS Jinggang Shan
 

Type 072A class Tank Landing Ship – LST (2003)
(NATO – Yuting II class)
LST 911 PLANS Tianzhu Shan | LST 912 PLANS Daqing Shan
LST 913 PLANS Baxian Shan | LST 914 PLANS Wuyi Shan
LST 915 PLANS Culai Shan | LST 916 PLANS Tianmu Shan
LST 917 PLANS Wutai Shan | LST 981 PLANS Dabie Shan
LST 982 PLANS Taihang Shan | LST 992 PLANS Huading Shan
LST 993 PLANS Luoxiao Shan | LST 994 PLANS Daiyun Shan
LST 995 PLANS Wanyang Shan | LST 996 PLANS Laotie Shan
LST 997 PLANS Yunwu Shan
 

Type 073A class Landing Ship Medium – LSM (2004)
(NATO – Yunshu class)
LSM 941 PLANS Shengshan | LSM 942 PLANS Lushan
LSM 943 PLANS Mengshan | LSM 944 PLANS Yushan
LSM 945 PLANS Huashan | LSM 946 PLANS Songshan
LSM 947 PLANS Lushan | LSM 948 PLANS Xueshan
LSM 949 PLANS Hengshan | LSM 950 PLANS Taishan
 

Type 072III class Tank Landing Ship – LST (1992)
(NATO – Yuting I class)
LST 908 PLANS Yandang Shan | LST 909 PLANS Jiuhua Shan
LST 910 PLANS Huanggang Shan | LST 934 PLANS Danxia Shan
LST 935 PLANS Xuefeng Shan | LST 936 PLANS Haiyang Shan
LST 937 PLANS Qingcheng Shan | LST 938 PLANS Luliang Shan
LST 939 PLANS Putuo Shan | LST 940 PLANS Tiantai Shan
LST 991 PLANS Emei Shan
 

Type 072II class Tank Landing Ship – LST (1993)
(NATO – Yuting class)
LST 930 PLANS Lingyan Shan | LST 931 PLANS Dongting Shan
LST 932 PLANS Helan Shan | LST 933 PLANS Liupan Shan
 

Type 072 class Tank Landing Ship – LST (1978)
(NATO – Yukan class)
LST 927 PLANS Yuntai Shan LST 928 PLANS Wufeng Shan
LST 929 PLANS Zijin Shan
 
 

Ballistic Missile Submarines
 


Type 096 (09VI) class Ballistic Missile Submarine, nuclear – SSBN (202x ?)
(NATO – Tang class)
(15600 tons – 6 units planned – 2 under construction)
 

Type 094 (09IV) / 094A class Ballistic Missile Submarine, nuclear – SSBN (2007)
(NATO – Jin class)
SSBN 411 PLANS Changzheng 9 | SSBN 412 PLANS Changzheng 10
SSBN 413 PLANS Changzheng 11 | SSBN 414 PLANS Changzheng 12
SSBN 420 PLANS Changzheng 17 | SSBN 421 PLANS Changzheng 18
 

Type 092 class Ballistic Missile Submarine, nuclear – SSBN (1983)
(NATO – Xia class)
SSBN 406 PLANS Changzheng 6
 

 

Attack Submarines

Type 095 class Attack Submarine, nuclear (SSN)
(NATO – Sui class)
5 units planned

Type 093 – 093A/B class Attack Submarine, nuclear (SSN)
(NATO – Shang class)
110 meters / 7000 tons
407 PLANS Changzheng 7 (2006)
408 PLANS Changzheng 8
413 PLANS Changzheng 13
414 PLANS Changzheng 14
415 PLANS Changzheng 15
416 PLANS Changzheng 16
417 PLANS Changzheng 17
418 PLANS Changzheng 18
419 PLANS Changzheng 19

Type 091 class Attack Submarine, nuclear (SSN)
(NATO – Han class)
98 meters / 5500 tons

401 PLANS ? (1974-2000) – preserved at the Chinese Navy Museum, Qingdao
402 PLANS ? (1980-2004)
403 PLANS ? (1984-?)
404 PLANS ? (1988-?)
405 PLANS ? (1991-?)

Type 039A/B class Attack Submarine – SSK/AIP (2006)
(NATO – Yuan class)
78 meters / 3600 tons

20 units in service

Type 039 / 039G class Attack Submarine – SSK (1998)
(NATO – Song class)
75 meters / 2250 tons
13 units in service

Soviet Kilo class Attack Submarine (SSK)

(Project 877EKM)
364 PLANS Yuan Zheng 64 Hao (1994-active)
365 PLANS Yuan Zheng 65 Hao (1995-active)

(Project 636)
366 PLANS Yuan Zheng 66 Hao (1997-active)
367 PLANS Yuan Zheng 67 Hao (1998-active)

(Project 636M)
368 PLANS Yuan Zheng 68 Hao (2004-active)
369 PLANS Yuan Zheng 69 Hao (2005-active)
370 PLANS Yuan Zheng 70 Hao (2005-active)
371 PLANS Yuan Zheng 71 Hao (2005-active)
372 PLANS Yuan Zheng 72 Hao (2006-active)
373 PLANS Yuan Zheng 73 Hao (2005-active)
374 PLANS Yuan Zheng 74 Hao (2005-active)
375 PLANS Yuan Zheng 75 Hao (2005-active)

Type 035 class Attack Submarine – SSK (1990)
(NATO – Ming class)
76 meters / 2110 tons
23 units built / 14 in service (as of 2020)

Patrol Vessels

Type 022 class Missile Boat (2004)
(NATO – Houbei class)
43 meters / 220 tons catamaran
83 units built and in service
Type 037II class Missile Boat (1991)
(NATO – Houjian class)
770 Yangjiang
771 Shunde
772 Nanhai
773 Panyu
774 Lianjiang
775 XinhuiType 037IG class Missile Boat (1991)
(NATO – Houxin class)
73 meters / 478 tons
20 units in serviceType 037I class Submarine Chaser (1982)
(NATO – Haiqing class)
63 meters / 478 tons
27 units in serviceType 037 class Submarine Chaser (1964)
(NATO – Hainan class)
59 meters / 430 tons
60+ units in serviceType 062I class Gunboat (1988)
(NATO – Shanghai III class)
41 meters / 170 tons
17 units in service

 

Aviation

People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force – PLANAF
(中国人民解放军海军航空兵)

Helicopters:
Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon
Changhe Z-8
Changhe Z-18
Eurocopter AS565 Panther
Harbin Z-9
Kamov Ka-28
Kamov Ka-31
Mil Mi-8
 

Patrol:
Harbin SH-5
Shaanxi KJ-200
Shaanxi Y-8
 

Jet/Fighter:
Shenyang J-11
Shenyang J-15
Sukhoi Su-30MKK

> NOTE: Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) does not use officially a ship prefix internally
PLAN ships are usually called CNS (Chinese Navy Ship) or PLANS (People’s Liberation Army Navy Ship) <

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