East Sea Fleet

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East Sea Fleet
Naval Ensign of the People's Republic of China.svg
People's Liberation Army Navy Jack and Ensign
Active 1949–Present
Country People's Republic of China
Branch People's Liberation Army Navy
Type Fleet
Part of People's Liberation Army Navy Fleet
Garrison/HQ Ningbo Fleet Headquarters

The East Sea Fleet was the first naval force formed by the People's Republic of China, on 23 April 1949 as East China Military Region Navy, and was initially based at Shanghai. Renamed in 1955, it has since been assigned to be part of the People's Liberation Army Navy and its headquarters have been moved to Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, but the fleet continues to patrol the East China Sea. Its flagship is Chongmingdao.

The fleet was used in a support role during the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) invasion of the previously Kuomintang-held island of Yijiangshan on 14 January 1955. It has engaged in numerous other battles against the Taiwanese military. It has also operated in support of the South Sea Fleet against the People's Army of Vietnam, particularly in the 1980s.

The fleet would have a key role in any invasion of Taiwan, and one of its principal missions is to effectively support a PLA amphibious operation against that island. The fleet has been augmented by two Sovremenny class missile destroyers, with a further 2 delivered by the end of 2006. Four Kilo class attack submarines have also joined the fleet.

Major Naval Bases in the Fleet[edit]

  • Ningbo Fleet Headquarters
  • Shanghai Naval Base
  • Xiangshan Naval Base
  • Zhoushan Naval Base
  • Fujian Naval Base

Ships in the fleet[edit]

Fleets in Dong Hai




  • 4 Jiangdao-Class:
    • Bengbu (582)
    • Shangrao (583)
    • Ji'an (586)
    • Quanzhou (588)

Diesel-electric submarines

Landing ships

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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