Chinese Naval Power

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A brief overview of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy:

Personnel total of 235,000 (including 35,000 conscripts).

People’s Liberation Army Navy fleets: the Beihai Fleet (North Sea), Donghai Fleet (East Sea) and Nanhai Fleet (South Sea).

PLAN Vessels and Aircraft

Surface Combatant Vessels

Aircraft Carrier – 1 (1*)

Destroyers DD/DDG – 26  (21*)

Frigates FF/FFG -52 (35*)

Corvettes FFL – 25 (25*)

Fast Attack/ Patrol – 85 (85*)

Amphibious Ships (all types) – 56 (Hard to quantify. About 10*)

Mine Warfare – 42 (30*)

Submarines

Nuclear Attack SSN – 5 (5*)

Nuclear Ballistic Missile – 4 (4*)

Diesel Attack – 57 (12*)

Aircraft

Land Based Fighter/Attack – 316

Carrier Based Fighter/Attack – 21

Helicopters of all types – 130

*Modern – Considered modern and very capable. Built in the last 10 – 20 years (the majority within the last 10 years).

Most Potent/Modern Vessels

Aircraft Carrier:

Liaoning – 1 (2nd in Class being built)

Guided Missile Destroyers:

Sovremenny Class – 4

Type 051B Class – 1

Type 051C Class – 2

Type 052B Class – 2

Type 052C Class – 6

Type 052D Class – 3 (of 12 planned. Total of 9 built with 3 in service)

Guided Missile Frigates:

Type 053 H26 Class – 4

Type 053 H3 Class – 10

Type 054 Class – 2

Type 054A Class – 19

Corvettes:

Type 056 Jiangdao Class – 25

Fast Attack Craft/Patrol Boat:

Type 022 Houbei Class – 60

Landing Platform Dock/LPD:

Type 071 – 4 (of 6 planned)

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  • klseklse

    Not bad but still cannot win over Japan’s naval with ease. Need more modern and more quantity for advanced naval power.

    • Tian Zhao

      Not that I am disagreeing here, but could you provide a rational argument as to why?

      • klseklse

        Japan has one of the most advanced naval in the world while I would like see China to be much more stronger to balance the world’s power in ASIA and Pacific.

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