North Sea Fleet

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North Sea Fleet
Naval Ensign of the People's Republic of China.svg
People's Liberation Army Navy Jack and Ensign
Active 1950–Present
Country China
Branch People's Liberation Army Navy
Type Fleet
Part of People's Liberation Army Navy Fleet
Garrison/HQ Qingdao Naval Base

The North Sea Fleet (NSF) is one of three fleets of the People's Liberation Army Navy. In September 1950 the PLA Second Field Army XI redesignated the Qingsdao Army Base as a naval base. Following the departure of the Soviet Navy from Port Arthur, the Qingdao Sea Fleet was established in 1960 and later renamed North Sea Fleet.

It includes nuclear-powered submarines: five Han class attack submarines and China's single Xia class submarine ballistic missile submarine, all based at Qingdao.

The NSF has historically received primacy during the allocation of the destroyers and frigates, as its role was to be coastal defence of north east China (including Beijing) against any amphibious attacks by Russia. However, unlike the East and South Sea Fleets, it has never been involved in combat.

Major Naval Bases in the Fleet[edit]

The fleet headquarters is located at Qingdao, with other major naval bases at:

Ships in the fleet[edit]

The flagship of the fleet is the Harbin (112), a Luhu class destroyer.




  • 4 Jiangdao-Class:
    • Datong (580)
    • Yingkou (581)
    • Weihai (590)
    • Fushun (591)

Nuclear submarines

  • 4 Han-class SSNs:
    • ChangZheng 2 (402)
    • ChangZheng 3 (403)
    • ChangZheng 4 (404)
    • ChangZheng 5 (405)
  • 1 Xia-class SSBN:
    • ChangZheng 6 (406)

Diesel-electric submarines

  • At least 15, and possibly up to 20 Ming and Romeo submarines

Landing ships

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