List of active People's Liberation Army Navy ships

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List of active People's Liberation Army Navy ships is a list of ships currently in active service with the People's Liberation Army Navy. There are approximately 496 ships listed in the tables below that constitute active ships, but this figure does not include the 232 various auxiliary vessels of the PLAN. A summary of ship types in service with the PLAN include an aircraft carrier, amphibious transport docks, landing ship tanks, landing ship medium, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, missile boats, submarine chasers, gunboats, mine countermeasures vessels, replenishment oilers and various auxiliaries. In addition, there are also nuclear and conventional submarines presently in service.

All ships and submarines currently in commission with the People's Liberation Army Navy were built in China, with the exception of the Sovremenny-class destroyers, Kilo-class submarines and the aircraft carrier Liaoning. Those vessels were either imported from, or originated from Russia or Ukraine. As of 2008, English-language official Chinese state media no longer uses the term "People's Liberation Army Navy", instead the term "Chinese Navy" along with the usage of the unofficial prefix "CNS" for "Chinese Navy Ship" is now employed.[1]

Type 071 amphibious transport dock (Yuzhao class)
Type 072A landing ship tank (Yuting III class)
Type 054A frigate (Jiangkai II class)
Type 905 replenishment ship (Fuqing class)

Summary and method[edit]

(by type)

* Figure includes both coastal and ocean-going auxiliaries, from tugboats to hospital ships. Not counted towards total number of active ships.

The tables below list the various ships according to their class and date of commission. The newest class of ship is listed first, with proceeding classes listed afterwards, arranged in order of age. Column headings include: "Type" (i.e. Chinese class designation), the types "NATO designation", the ships "Pennant number" (or hull number), the ships name in English and Chinese (Han 中文), ships "Displacement" in tonnes, and the "Fleet" in which it serves (e.g. North Sea Fleet, South Sea Fleet and East Sea Fleet).

The "Status" column is colour coded, green indicates relatively new and modern classes in service, while red indicates obsolescence and being in the process of decommissioning as newer types are brought into service. A third colour, blue, specifically indicates a ship which is not yet in commission, but has been launched and is in the final stages of construction, or has been handed over for sea trials. Any ships with a status colour of blue is not counted towards the total number of active ships.

Where a specific piece of information is not known, the cell is left blank.

Active ships[edit]

Submarines[edit]

Nuclear submarines[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement[N 1] Fleet Status
Type 094 submarine (SSBN) Jin class 4 in service 2007- 11,500 t Active
Type 093 submarine (SSN) Shang class 6 in service 2006- 7,000 t Active
Type 092 submarine (SSBN) Xia class 406 Changzheng 6 长征6 1987 8,000 t Active
Type 091 submarine (SSN) Han class 403 Changzheng 3 长征3 1984 5,500 t Active
404 Changzheng 4 长征4 1988 5,500 t Active
405 Changzheng 5 长征5 1991 5,500 t Active

Conventional submarines[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement[N 2] Fleet Status
Type 039A submarine (SSK) Yuan class Approx. 15 in service 2006- 3,600 t Active
Type 039 submarine (SSK) Song class Approx. 13 in service 1998-2006 2,250 t Active
Kilo-class submarine (SSK) Kilo class Approx. 12 in service 1994-2005 4,000 t Active
Type 035 submarine (SSK) Ming class Approx. 17 in service 1990-2003 2,110 t Active

Experimental submarines[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement[N 3] Fleet Status
Type 032 submarine Qing class 201 2012 6,600 t N/A Active

Surface ships[edit]

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 001 aircraft carrier (refurbished Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier) Liaoning 16 Liaoning 辽宁 2012 67,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 001A aircraft carrier Shandong 17 Shandong 山东 ~2020 70,000 t North Sea Fleet / East Sea Fleet Fitting Out

Amphibious warfare ships[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 071 amphibious transport dock Yuzhao class 998 Kunlun Shan 昆仑山 2007 25,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
999 Jinggang Shan 井冈山 2011 25,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
989 Changbai Shan 长白山 2012 25,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
988 Yimen Shan 沂蒙山 2016 25,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 072A-class landing ship Yuting III class 911 Tianzhu Shan 天柱山 2003 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
912 Daqing Shan 大青山 2003 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
913 Baxian Shan 八仙山 2003 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
992 Huading Shan 华顶山 2003 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
993 Luoxiao Shan 罗宵山 2004 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
994 Daiyun Shan 戴云山 2004 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
995 Wanyang Shan 万羊山 2004 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
996 Laotie Shan 老铁山 2005 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
997 Lühua Shan 绿华山 2004 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
981 Dabie Shan 大别山 2015 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
982 Taixing Shan 太兴山 2015 4,800 t Active
916 Tianmu Shan 天目山 2016 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
914 Wuyi Shan 武夷山 2016 4,800 t Active
915 Culai Shan 徂徕山 2016 4,800 t Active
917 Wutai Shan 五台山 2016 4,800 t Active
Type 072III-class landing ship Yuting II class 991 Emei Shan 峨眉山 1992 4,800 t South Sea Fleet Active
934 Danxia Shan 丹霞山 1995 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
935 Xuefeng Shan 雪峰山 1995 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
936 Haiyang Shan 海洋山 1996 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
937 Qingcheng Shan 青城山 1996 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
908 Yandang Shan 雁荡山 1997 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
909 Jiuhua Shan 九华山 2000 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
939 Putuo Shan 普陀山 2000 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
910 Huanggang Shan 黄岗山 2001 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
940 Tiantai Shan 天台山 2002 4,800 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 072II-class landing ship Yuting class 930 Lingyan Shan 灵岩山 4,170 t East Sea Fleet Active
931 Dongting Shan 洞庭山 4,170 t South Sea Fleet Active
932 Helan Shan 贺兰山 4,170 t South Sea Fleet Active
933 Liupan Shan 六盘山 1995 4,170 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 072-class landing ship Yukan class 927 Yuntai Shan 云台山 1978 4,170 t East Sea Fleet Active
928 Wufeng Shan 五峰山 1980 4,170 t East Sea Fleet Active
929 Zijin Shan 紫金山 1982 4,170 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 073A-class landing ship Yunshu class Approx. 10 in service 2000-2002 2,000 t Active
Type 073III-class landing ship Yudeng class 990 1991 1,850 t Active
Type 073IIY-class landing ship Yudao class Approx. 2 in service 1985-1986 1,100 t Active
Type 074A-class landing ship Approx. 6 in service 1995- 800 t Active
Type 074-class landing ship Yuhai class Approx. 12 in service 1995- 800 t Active

Destroyers[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 052D destroyer Luyang III class 172 Kunming 昆明 2014 7,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
173 Changsha 长沙 2015 7,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
174 Hefei 合肥 2015 7,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
175 Yinchuan 银川 2016 7,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
117 Xining 西宁 2017 7,500 t North Sea Fleet Active
118 Urumqi 乌鲁木齐 2017 est. 7,500 t North Sea Fleet Sea trials
154 Xiamen 厦门 2017 est. 7,500 t East Sea Fleet Sea trials
119 Guiyang 贵阳 2017 est. 7,500 t North Sea Fleet Sea trials
155 Nanjing 南京 2018 est. 7,500 t East Sea Fleet Sea trials
156 Nanning 南宁 2018 est. 7,500 t East Sea Fleet Fitting out
120 Chengdu 成都 2018 est. 7,500 t North Sea Fleet Fitting out
157 Taiyuan 太原 2019 est. 7,500 t Fitting out
Type 051C destroyer Luzhou class 115 Shenyang 沈阳 2006 7,100 t North Sea Fleet Active
116 Shijiazhuang 石家庄 2007 7,100 t North Sea Fleet Active
Type 052C destroyer Luyang II class 170 Lanzhou 兰州 2004 7,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
171 Haikou 海口 2005 7,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
150 Changchun 长春 2013 7,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
151 Zhengzhou 郑州 2013 7,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
152 Jinan 济南 2014 7,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
153 Xi'an 西安 2015 7,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 052B destroyer Luyang I class 168 Guangzhou 广州 2004 6,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
169 Wuhan 武汉 2004 6,500 t South Sea Fleet Active
Sovremenny-class destroyer Sovremenny class 136 Hangzhou 杭州 1999 7,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
137 Fuzhou 福州 2000 7,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
138 Taizhou 泰州 2006 7,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
139 Ningbo 宁波 2006 7,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 051B destroyer Luhai class 167 Shenzhen 深圳 1999 6,100 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 052 destroyer Luhu class 112 Harbin 哈尔滨 1994 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
113 Qingdao 青岛 1996 4,800 t North Sea Fleet Active
Type 051 destroyer Luda class 109 Kaifeng 开封 1982 3,670 t North Sea Fleet Active
110 Dalian 大连 1984 3,670 t North Sea Fleet Active
134 Zunyi 遵义 1984 3,670 t North Sea Fleet Active
164 Guilin 桂林 1987 3,670 t North Sea Fleet Active
165 Zhanjiang 湛江 1989 3,670 t South Sea Fleet Active
166 Zhuhai 珠海 1991 3,670 t South Sea Fleet Active

Frigates[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 054A frigate Jiangkai II class 530 Xuzhou 徐州 2008 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
529 Zhoushan 舟山 2008 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
570 Huangshan 黄山 2008 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
568 Hengyang 衡阳 2008 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
571 Yuncheng 运城 2010 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
569 Yulin 玉林 2010 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
548 Yiyang 益阳 2010 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
549 Changzhou 常州 2011 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
538 Yantai 烟台 2011 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
546 Yancheng 盐城 2012 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
572 Hengshui 衡水 2012 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
573 Liuzhou 柳州 2012 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
547 Linyi 临沂 2012 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
575 Yueyang 岳阳 2013 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
550 Weifang 潍坊 2013 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
574 Sanya 三亚 2013 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Active
577 Huanggang 黄冈 2015 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
576 Daqing 大庆 2015 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
578 Yangzhou 扬州 2015 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
579 Handan 邯郸 2015 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Active
532 Jingzhou 荆州 2016 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
531 Xiangtan 湘潭 2016 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
515 Binzhou 滨州 2016 4,050 t East Sea Fleet Active
536 Xuchang 许昌 2017 est 4,050 t South Sea Fleet Sea Trial
539 Wuhu 芜湖 2017 est 4,050 t North Sea Fleet Sea Trial
598 2018 est 4,050 t Fitting out
2018 est 4,050 t Fitting out
Type 054 frigate Jiangkai I class 525 Ma'anshan 马鞍山 2005 3,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
526 Wenzhou 温州 2005 3,900 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 053H3 frigate Jiangwei II class 522 Lianyungang 连云港 1998 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
521 Jiaxing 嘉兴 1999 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
523 Putian 蒲田 1999 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
564 Yichang 宜昌 1999 2,400 t North Sea Fleet Active
565 Huludao 葫芦岛 2000 2,400 t North Sea Fleet Active
524 Sanming 三明 2000 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
567 Xiangyang 襄阳 2002 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
566 Huaihua 怀化 2002 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
527 Luoyang 洛阳 2005 2,400 t North Sea Fleet Active
528 Mianyang 绵阳 2005 2,400 t North Sea Fleet Active
Type 053H2G frigate Jiangwei I class 542 Tongling 铜陵 1994 2,400 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 053 frigate Jianghu class 533 Taizhou 台州 1982 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
534 Jinhua 金华 1982 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
543 Dandong 丹东 1985 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
553 Shaoguan 韶关 1985 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
555 Zhaotong 昭通 1987 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
545 Linfen 临汾 1987 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 053H2 frigate 537 Cangzhou 沧州 1990 2,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 053H frigate 558 Beihai 北海 1993 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
560 Dongguan 东莞 1993 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
561 Shantou 汕头 1993 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
559 Foshan 佛山 1994 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
562 Jiangmen 江门 1995 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
563 Zhaoqing 肇庆 1995 2,000 t East Sea Fleet Active

Corvettes[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 056 corvette Jiangdao class 582 Bengbu 蚌埠 2013 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
596 Huizhou 惠州 2013 1,440 t Hong Kong Active
584 Meizhou 梅州 2013 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
580 Datong 大同 2013 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
583 Shangrao 上饶 2013 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
597 Qinzhou 钦州 2013 1,440 t Hong Kong Active
585 Baise 百色 2013 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
581 Yingkou 营口 2013 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
587 Jieyang 揭阳 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
586 Ji'an 吉安 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
589 Qingyuan 清远 2014 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
588 Quanzhou 泉州 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
592 Luzhou 泸州 2014 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
590 Weihai 威海 2014 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
591 Fu Shu 抚顺 2014 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
Type 056A corvette 594 Zhuzou 株洲 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 056 corvette 595 Chaozhou 潮州 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 056A corvette 593 Sanmenxia 三门峡 2014 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 056 corvette 501 Xinyang 信阳 2015 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
503 Suzhou 宿州 2015 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 056A corvette 502 Huangshi 黄石 2015 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
504 Suqian 宿迁 2015 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
505 Qinhuangdao 秦皇岛 2015 1,440 t North Sea Fleet Active
506 Jingmen 荆门 2016 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
507 Tongren 铜仁 2016 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
508 Qujing 曲靖 2016 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 056 corvette 509 Huaian 淮安 2016 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
511 Baoding 保定 2016 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
512 Heze 菏泽 2016 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
510 Ningde 宁德 2016 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
Type 056A corvette 513 Ezhou 鄂州 2017 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Active
514 Liupanshui 六盘水 2017 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Active
518 Yiwu 义乌 2017 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Sea Trial
520 Hanzhong 汉中 2017 1,440 t South Sea Fleet Sea Trial
535 Xuancheng 宣城 2017 1,440 t East Sea Fleet Sea Trial

Missile boats, submarine chasers and gunboats[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 022 missile boat Houbei class Approx. 83 in service 2004- 220 t Active
Type 037II-class missile boat Houjian class 770 Yangjiang 阳江 1991 520 t Hong Kong Active
771 Shunde 顺德 1995 520 t Hong Kong Active
772 Nanhai 南海 1995 520 t Hong Kong Active
773 Panyu 番禹 1995 520 t Hong Kong Active
774 Lianjiang 廉江 2001 520 t Hong Kong Active
775 Xinhui 新会 2002 520 t Hong Kong Active
Type 037IG-class missile boat Houxin class Approx. 20 in service 1991-1999 478 t Active
Type 037I-class submarine chaser Haiqing class Approx. 27 in service 1982- 478 t Active
Type 037-class submarine chaser Hainan class Approx. 67 in service 1964-1982 430 t Active
Type 062I-class gunboat Shanghai III class Approx. 17 in service 1988- 170 t Active

Mine countermeasures[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 081 mine countermeasure vessel Wochi class Approx. 11 in service 2007- 1,200 t Active
Type 082II mine countermeasure vessel Wozang class 808 Huoqiu 霍邱 2005 575 t Active
818 Kunshan 昆山 2011 575 t Active
811 Rongcheng 荣城 2016 575 t Active
814 Donggang 东港 2016 575 t Active
Type 082 mine countermeasure vessel Wosao class Approx. 16 in service 1988-1990s 400 t Active

Fleet replenishment[edit]

Type NATO designation Pennant No. Name
(English)
Name
(Han 中文)
Commissioned Displacement Fleet Status
Type 901 replenishment ship 956 2017 est. 40,000 t Sea Trial
Type 904B general stores issue ship Dayun class 962 Luguhu 泸沽湖 2015 15,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
961 Junshanhu 军山湖 2015 15,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 904A general stores issue ship 888 Fuxianhu 抚仙湖 2007 15,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 904 general stores issue ship 883 Dongtinghu 洞庭湖 1992 11,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
884 Jingpohu 镜泊湖 1992 11,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 903 replenishment ship Fuchi I class 886 Qiandaohu 千岛湖 2004 23,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
887 Weishanhu 微山湖 2004 23,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 903A replenishment ship Fuchi II class 889 Taihu 太湖 2013 23,000 t North Sea Fleet Active
890 Chaohu 巢湖 2013 23,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
960 Dongpinghu 东平湖 2015 23,000 t North Sea Fleet Active
966 Gaoyaohu 高邮湖 2016 23,000 t East Sea Fleet Active
963 Honghu 洪湖 2016 23,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
964 Luomahu 骆马湖 2016 23,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 908 replenishment ship Fusu class 885 Qinghaihu 青海湖 1999 37,000 t South Sea Fleet Active
Type 905 replenishment ship Fuqing class 881 Hongzehu 洪泽湖 1980 21,750 t North Sea Fleet Active
882 Poyanghu 鄱阳湖 1982 21,750 t East Sea Fleet Active

Auxiliaries[edit]

For a complete list of auxiliary vessels currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy please see: People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force#Auxiliaries. Note that it may contain significant inaccuracies.

Nomenclature[edit]

Ships of PLAN are named per Naval Vessels Naming Regulation (中国海军舰艇命名条例) [2] that was first issued by the Central Military Commission (CMC) on November 3, 1978, and subsequently revised July 7, 1986.[2] Per CMC convention, warships of the size of a cruiser or larger are named by Joint Staff Department, and others are named by PLAN, in accordance with the following table:

Ship[2] Named after[2]
Cruisers Chinese provinces
Destroyers Major Chinese cities
Frigates Major Chinese cities
Nuclear submarines Long March followed by a number
Ballistic and cruise missile armed conventional submarines Expedition followed by a number
Conventional submarines Great Wall followed by a number
Mine warfare Chinese prefectures
Submarine chasers Chinese counties
Dock & tank landing ships Chinese mountains
Other landing ships Chinese rivers
Replenishment ships Chinese lakes
Research ships Chinese scientists
Training ships Chinese naval officers

A distinct difference between PLAN and most western navies is that unlike its western counterparts, PLAN does not use ship prefixes internally. However, a system of ship prefixes similar to that of west has been developed by many internet sources for similar classification:

Country Service Prefix Meaning
 People's Republic of China People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) PLANS People's Liberation Army Navy Ship: Commissioned ships in PLAN, mostly warships & some auxiliaries. China does not use ship prefixes internally.
PRCNS People's Republic of China Naval Ship: PLAN owned ships manned by civilians, including most research ships. China does not use ship prefixes internally.
China Coast Guard (PRCCG) PRCCGS People's Republic of China Coast Guard Ship. China does not use ship prefixes internally.
Governmental Agencies PRCS People's Republic of China Ship: ships owned by various Chinese governmental administrative and regulatory bodies, all of which are subject to naval deployment. China does not use ship prefixes internally.
Merchant Marine PRCMV People's Republic of China Merchant Vessel. China does not use ship prefixes internally.

Image gallery[edit]

Not all classes are pictured here.

Submarines
Destroyers
Frigates
Corvettes

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Displacement when dived.
  2. ^ Displacement when dived.
  3. ^ Displacement when dived.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese military vessel Zhenghe makes first visit to Thailand". mod.gov.cn. Ministry of National Defense of the PRC. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nomenclature of Chinese warships". Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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