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Naval Vessels

The PLA saw a significant expansion of its naval forces over the past two decades, with the introduction of aircraft carrier as well as newer surface combatants, submarines, amphibious warfare ships, and replenishment ships.

Submarines

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Project 636 Kilo class Russia Diesel-electric submarine (SSK) 1995 10 in active service
Project 877EKM Kilo class Russia Diesel-electric submarine (SSK) 1995 2 in active service
Type 032 Qing class China Diesel-electric missile submarine (SSB) 2012 1 in active service
Type 035 Ming class China Diesel-electric submarine (SSK) 1962 19 in active service
Type 039 Song class China Diesel-electric submarine (SSK) 1998 13 in active service
Type 039A Yuan class China Diesel-electric submarine (SSK) 2006 15 in active service; 5 more planned
Type 091 Han class China Nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) 1974 5 built, 3 in active service
Type 092 Xia class China Nuclear-powered missile submarine (SSBN) 1987 1 in active service
Type 093 Jin class China Nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) 2002 2 in active service
Type 094 Shang class China Nuclear-powered missile submarine (SSBN) 2006 2 in active service

Aircraft Carriers

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 001 Liaoning class Ukraine/China Conventional aircraft carrier (CV) 2012 ex-Soviet Navy Varyag
Type 001A China Conventional aircraft carrier (CV) 1 under construction

Surface Combatants

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 051/G Luda class China Destroyer (DD) 1971 17 built, 5 in active service
Type 051B Luhai class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 1999 1 in active service
Type 051C Luzhou class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 2006 2 in active service
Type 052 Luhu class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 1994 2 in active service
Type 052B Luyang class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 2004 2 in active service
Type 052C Luyang-II class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 2005 6 in active service
Type 052D Luyang-III class China Missile Destroyer (DDG) 2014 4 in active service, 9 more planned
Type 053H1/2 Jianghu-I/II/III/IV/V class China Frigate (FF) 1974 53 built; 12 in active service
Type 053H2G Jiangwei-I class China Missile Frigate (FFG) 1992 4 in active service
Type 053H3 Jiangwei-II class China Missile Frigate (FFG) 1998 10 in active service
Type 054 Jiangkai-I class China Missile Frigate (FFG) 2005 2 in active service
Type 054A Jiangkai-II class China Missile Frigate (FFG) 2008 27 planned; 23 in active service
Type 056/A Jiangdao class China Corvette 2013 30 in active service

Small Surface Combatants

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 022 Houbei class China Missile fast attack craft 2004 83 in active service
Type 037 Hainan class China Submarine chaser 1964 67 in active service
Type 037I Haiqing class China Submarine chaser 1982 27 in active service
Type 037IG Houxin class China Submarine chaser 1991 20 in active service
Type 037II Houjian class China Corvette 1991 6 in active service
Type 062I Shanghai-III class China Patrol boat 1988 17 in active service

Amphibious Warfare Vessels

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 071 Yuzhao class China Landing platform/dock (LPD) 2007 6 planned; 4 in active service
Type 072 Yukan class China Tank landing ship (LST) 1978 3 in active service
Type 072II Yuting class China Tank landing ship (LST) 1994 4 in active service
Type 072III Yuting-II class China Tank landing ship (LST) 1992 10 in active service
Type 072A Yuting-III class China Tank landing ship (LST) 2003 15 in active service
Type 073/II/IIY/III/A Yudao/Yudeng class China Medium landing ship (LSM) 1970 13 in active service
Type 074 Yuhai class China Medium landing ship (LSM) 1995 12 in active service
Type 074A Yubei class China Medium landing ship (LSM) ? 8 in active service

Mine Countermeasures Vessels

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 081 Wochi class China Mine countermeasures vessel ? 10 in active service
Type 082 Wosao class China Mine countermeasures vessel ? 17 in active service
Type 082II Wozang class China Mine countermeasures vessel ? 2 in active service

Fleet Replenishment Vessels

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 901 Yuzhao class China Fast combat support ship (AOE) 2 planned
Type 903/A Fuchi class China Replenishment oiler (AOR) 2004 8 in active service
Type 904/A/B Dayun class China General stores issue ship 1992 6 in active service
Type 905 Fuqing class China Replenishment oiler (AOR) 1980 2 in active service
Type 908 Fusu class China Replenishment oiler (AOR) 1996 1 in active service

Auxiliaries

PLA Designation NATO Name Origin Type Introduced Notes
Type 679 Daxing class China Training ship 1984 1 in active service
Type 0891A Yuzhao class China Training ship 1997 1 in active service
Type 071 Yanha class China Ice breaker 1969 1 in active service
Type 210 Yanbing class China Ice breaker 1982 1 in active service
Type 272 China Ice breaker 2016 2 planned; 1 in active service
Type 917 China Rescue and salvage ship 2012 2 in active service
Type 922/II/III/IIIA China Rescue and salvage ship 1966 3 in active service
Type 909/A Dahua class China Weapon trial ship 1997 4 in active service
Type 648 Dadao class China Submarine repair ship 1985 1 in active service
Type 925 Dajiang class China Submarine support ship 1975 3 in active service
Type 926 China Submarine support ship 2010 3 in active service
Type 930 Hudong class China Submarine rescue ship 1969 1 in active service
Type 946/A Dazhou class China Submarine rescue ship 1977 3 in active service
Type 595 China Ocean surveillance ship 1972 2 in active service
Type 639 China Oceanographic surveillance ship 2009 6 in active service
Type 813 China Electronic intelligence ship 1980s 1 in active service
Type 814A Dadi class China Electronic intelligence ship 1986 1 in active service
Type 815/A China Electronic intelligence ship 1999 6 in active service
Yuanwang 3 China Space tracking ship 1995 1 in active service
Yuanwang 5/6/7 China Space tracking ship 2007 3 in active service
Xu Xiake (88) China Support ship 2011 1 in active service
Nanyun Qiongsha class China Troops transport ship 1980s 5 in active service
Nankang (833) Qiongsha class China Hospital ship 1980s 1 in active service
Type 920 China Hospital ship 2008 1 in active service