Armed Forces Overviews
China Naval Aviation
China Naval Aviation
Northern Theater Command Navy Aviation
北部战区海军航空兵
In 2013 the J-15 became operational on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.
Photo: China Navy
Dalian/Tuchengzi
Rwy: 12/20
Pos: 38°54'55"N 121°14'12"E
Elev: 23 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
2nd Division
海军航空兵2师


6th Air Regiment
Y-8JB (Y8GX2)
Y-8X
Y-9JZ (Y8GX8)
9xx1
Before 2003 2nd Division/4th Regiment was dissolved and the H-6G/H-6DU aircraft went to 8th Regiment, leaving 1st Indep. Division with H-5 aircraft as the sole user of Tuchengzi (in addition to Laiyang).
In 2012 2nd Division started as a Specialized Division, with 1st Indep Regiment becoming 2nd Div/6th Regiment as can still be seen by the serials.

In 2013 the ELINT version of the Y-9 (9-JB/New High 8) started operations within the PLANAF.
Photo: Internet
Jiaozhou
Rwy: 17/35
Pos: 36°19'52"N 120°01'31"E
Elev: 62 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
5th Division
海军航空兵5师


15th Air Regiment
J-8FH
J-8FR
JL-9
83x5x
In 2007 the J-8E was replaced by J-8FH.
Earlier this Regiment was based on Qingdao-Liuting.

Laiyang
莱阳
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 36°57'47"N 120°35'22"E
Elev: 249 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
2nd Division
海军航空兵2师


4th Air Regiment
Y-8J
Y-8X
KJ-200
9xx1
Initially the aircraft were delivered when the Regiment was still organized as 1st Indep. Regiment, hence the serials.

Qingdao/Cangkou
Rwy: 13/31, HEL
Pos: 36°09'32"N 120°23'16"E
Elev: 33 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
2nd Division
海军航空兵2师


5th Air Regiment
Z-8JH
Z-9C
Z-9D
9xx6
SAR equipped SA365N replaced Z-9Cs.
About 2012 the 6th Indep. Regiment was reorganized into 2Div/5Reg.
At Cangkou also the Naval Aviation University is located (ground school).

Like many navy Regiments the 5th and 7th Regiment are still using serial numbers from before the 2011 reorganization. Evidence was provided during a European tour of three Chinese ships with Z-9C 9317 on board of Yuncheng (571).
Photo: Harrie Kraaijeveld
Qingdao/Tuandao
青岛 (Naval Base)
Rwy: water
Pos: 36°03'17"N 120°17'15"E
Elev: 1670 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
2nd Division
海军航空兵2师


5th Air Regiment
SH-5 9xx3
The serials still indicate the Regiments history by the former 3rd Independent Regiment serial

Although in May 2013 SH-5 9113 crashed in the harbour the three surviving SH-5s are still operational from the naval base close to the city of Qingdao. The serial carried is a reminder to the earlier days when they flew with 3rd Independent Regiment.
Photo: via China-Defense
Early 2015 the first operational submarine hunter Y-8Q was noted, suggesting that the SH-5 replacement is near.
Photo: Internet
Qinhuangdao/Shanhaiguan
秦皇岛
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 39°58'06"N 119°43'50"E
Elev: 30 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
5th Division
海军航空兵5师


13th Air Regiment
JH-7A 82x7x
July 1988 the 7th Div/20th Reg got subordinated to 5th Div as 20th Reg while keeping the serial batch.
In 2009 Q-5 aircraft were replaced by JH-7A.
By 2011 the 20th Regiment was renamed 13th Regiment subordinated to 5th Division.
In 2013 the Regiment disappeared from Qinhuangdao / Shanhaiguan. Did they go to Suizhong?
(The original 13th Regiment got subordinated to the Training Base in July 1988 as 1st regiment).
The Naval Aviation Training Base now uses the airbase (see above).




Yantai/Laishan (ZSYT)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 37°24'01"N 121°22'13"E
Elev: 56 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
5th Division
海军航空兵5师


14th Air Regiment
JH-7A 82x5x
JH-7As replaced Q5s around 2006.

China Naval Aviation
Eastern Theater Command Navy Aviation
东部战区海军航空兵
Changzhou/Benniu (ZSCG)
常州奔牛机场 (Danyang)
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 31°55'10"N 119°46'41"E
Elev: 23 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
6th Division
海军航空兵6师


17th Air Regiment
H-6G
H-6DU
81x1x
The unexpected serial allocation goes back to before 1993: In 2003 5th Indep Reg (ex 1 Div 1 Regt 1993) was incorporated in 17th Reg.
In June 1977 18th Reg moved from Dachang to Yuwi and was renumbered 17th Reg in October 1985.

The H-6G is easy recognizable with 2 hardpoints under each wing.
Photo: via China-Defense
Feidong
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 31°54'35"N 117°39'30"E
Elev: 177 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
4th Division
海军航空兵4师


10th Air Regiment
Su-30MK2 81x4x
In 2010/2011 during the conversion of Luqiao to a J-10 airfield 12th Regiment used Feidong, with 10th Regiment temporarily using Ningbo.

In 2010 the East Fleet saw yet another boost in capabilities with the arrival of J-10AH/SH aircraft.
Photo: Internet
Huangyan/Luqiao (ZSLQ)
路桥 (Taizhou)
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 28°33'45"N 121°25'44"E
Elev: 13 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
No Division

Recon. Regiment
BZK-005 (UAV)
4th Division
海军航空兵4师


10th Air Regiment (det)
Su-30MK2 81x4x


12th Air Regiment
J-10AH
J-10SH
83x4x
Between six and twelve Sukhois are based here on detachment.

Late 2010 the 12th Regiment converted from J-7EH to J10 fighters.
During the conversion of Luqiao to modern airbase with shelters for J-10 and J-11/Su-30 aircraft, the 12th Regiment was temporary based at Feidong.

Ningbo/Zhuangqiao
路桥
Rwy: rwy 12/30
Pos: 29°55'26"N 121°34'26"E
Elev: 15 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
4th Division
海军航空兵4师


11th Air Regiment
Mi-8
Ka-27PS
Ka-28
Ka-31
9xx4
6th Division
海军航空兵6师


16th Air Regiment
JH-7 81x6x
Before 2008 the 4th Independent Regiment changed into 11th Reg subordinate to 4th Div.
In 2017 the JH-7 Regiment moved from Dachang.

Ningbo also houses special mission Y-9s on detachment.

Until the WS-13 engine became available all JH7s were equipped with two Rolls Royce Spey engines taken from old RAF Phantoms.
Photo: Scramble archive
Shanghai/Dachang
上海大场
Pos: 31°19'"N 121°25'"E
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
1st Division
海军航空兵1师


2nd Air Regiment
KQ-200/Y-8Q 82x1x
Early 2018 the first patrol aircraft was noted.
At Dachang also 5703 Factory is located.

Starting 2004 the Navy received 24 Su-30MK2s which until 2010 were stationed at Feidong that is now used by J-10s.
Photo: unknown
Yiwu (ZSYW)
义乌
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 29°20'41"N 120°01'57"E
Elev: 262 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
6th Division
海军航空兵6师


18th Air Regiment
JH-7 82x6x
The 18th Air Regiment was based at Shanghai-Dachang using J-6.
J-6s were replaced by JH-7 end 2003 and the Regiment relocated to the former Air Force Air Base near Yiwu.
Mid 2006 82x6x aircraft were still noted at Dachang however.
Initially this Regiment was named the 17th hence its serial range.

China Naval Aviation
Southern Theater Command Navy Aviation
南部战区海军航空兵
Guiping/Mengshu
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 23°19'48"N 110°00'32"E
Elev: 174 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
8th Division
海军航空兵8师


23rd Air Regiment
H-6G
H-6DU
H-6J
81x2x
82x3x
In 2003 the 1st Indep Regiment was renamed 23rd Regiment. At the same time H-6G/H-6DU aircraft from 2nd Division were included.
Although the 3rd Division was disbanded back in 1985 the serial batch 82x3x is still used.
Before September 2018 the first H-6Js arrived, replacing the H-6G.

Jialaishi
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 19°41'54"N 109°43'36"E
Elev: 309 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
8th Division
海军航空兵8师


22nd Air Regiment
J-11BH
J-11BSH
81x8x


24th Air Regiment
J-11BH
J-11BSH
83x8x
The 22nd Regiment used to operate from Haikou-Da Yin that was surrendered to urban development. The J-11s replaced J-6 aircraft.
In 2010 J-7EH from 12th Regiment replaced J-7II within the 24th Regiment. In 2014 J-7s were replaced by J-11BH.
The airbase also houses a UAV Regiment (BZK-005).

Ledong
Foluo/Northeast
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 18°41'26"N 109°09'35"E
Elev: 583 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
9th Division
海军航空兵9师


27th Air Regiment
JH-7A
JJ-7A
83x9x
In August 2004 the first JH-7A's for the 27th Regiment were noted. J-7IIs used by this regiment most probably went to the 24th Regiment.

Lingshui
陵水
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 18°29'41"N 109°59'21"E
Elev: 89 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Unknown Division

Unknown regiment id
EA-03 (UAV
BZK-005 (UAV)
3rd Division
海军航空兵3师


AWACS Regiment
KJ-500H 81x3x
Early 2018 aircraft were noted in the 81x3x serial range indicating a new Regiment has taken duty.

Meiji Jiao
美济礁 (Mischief Reef)
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 09°55'15"N 115°30'21"E
Elev: 25 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
No regiment
Starting 2016 this airstrip-on-the-reef can be used for deploments of fighter regiments.

Sanya/Yaxian
三亚
Rwy: 06/24, HEL
Pos: 18°17'15"N 109°27'49"E
Elev: 26 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
9th Division
海军航空兵9师


26th Air Regiment
Y-7G
Z-8
Z-8J
Z-8S
Z-9C
Z-9D
9xx7
By 2012 the 7th Indep. Regiment was reorganized into 26th Regiment subordinate to 9th Division

The Z-8 is the main transport helicopter for all armed services Two Z-8Js were shown on board Changbai Shan (989) in Rotterdam during their European tour.
Photo: Harrie Kraaijeveld
Unknown
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
9th Division
海军航空兵9师


Regiment
KQ-200/Y-8Q (GX6)
KJ-500H (GX10)
Y-9JB (GX8)
85x9x
The home base of these arcraft has to be confirmed.

Yonghsu Dao
永暑礁 (Fiery Cross Reef)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 09°33'04"N 112°53'15"E
Elev: 25 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
No regiment
Starting 2016 this airstrip-on-the-reef can be used for deployments of large aircraft like reconnaissance aircraft and even a complete fighter Regiment.

Yongxing Dao/Xisha (ZJYX)
永兴岛机场 (Woody Island/Sansha)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 16°50'03"N 112°20'44"E
Elev: 101 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
9th Division
海军航空兵9师


25th Air Regiment
J-11BH
J-11BSH
81x9x
In 2007 the J-8B/Ds at Lingshui were upgraded to J-8BH/J-8DH.
In 2013 J-11BH/BSH replaced the J-8s and the unit moved to Ledong, leaving the air base vacant for other activities.
April 2016 the unit moved to Yongxing Dao, although this might be on deployment only.
The airbase is also used by UAVs (BZK-007)

Zhubi Dao
渚碧礁 (Subi Reef)
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 10°55'25"N 114°04'15"E
Elev: 25 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
No regiment
Starting 2016 this airstrip-on-the-reef can be used for deployments of fighter regiments and also a few large transport aircraft.

China Naval Aviation
Navy HQ
Changzhi/Wangcun (ZBCZ)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 36°14'56"N 113°07'35"E
Elev: 3022 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Navy Aviation University
(海军航空大学)


2nd Air Regiment
JL-8 82x0x


Air Regiment
Y-7
HYJ-7
Y-8
9xx0
In 2013 the Air Academy was reorganized with 4th Regiment (84x0x) flying with JL-8 split into 2nd Reg/Naval Aviation Academy using a new serial batch and some JL-8 going to the 1st Reg/Naval Aviation Training Base at Jiyuan using 83x0x.
In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.

In 2011 the Navy introduced the JL-9H for conversion training to the JH-7A, replacing the ancient JJ-6.
Photo: Internet
Huangdicun
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 40°30'00"N 120°39'26"E
Elev: 48ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
"Carrier Air Wing"

unknown
J-15
Z-9D
Z-18
Z-18F
Z-18YJ
xxx
Navy Aviation University
(海军航空大学)


3rd Air Regiment
JL-9A 83x0x
The Air Wing became operational in May 2013.
It is believed all air assets for the Liaoning aircraft carrier are based here.
Up to 2013 the 3rd Regiment operated HJ-5/H-5 aircraft from Xingcheng in the bomber/navigation trainer role.
In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.

A pair of converted Z-9Ds is used for SAR duties from the Liaoning aircraft carrier.
Photo: PLAN
The Liaoning aircraft carrier is also used to house the Z-18F that is used for AEW duties with a large external antenna at the aft fuselage.
Photo: PLAN
In 2014 the navy expended its ASW capabilities with the introduction of the Z-18F
Photo: Internet
In 2013 the Z-18 was introduced for passenger transport duties from the aircraft carrier.
Photo: Internet
Huludao
Rwy: 03L/21R, 03R/21L
Pos: 40°45'03"N 120°52'31"E
Elev: 31 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Navy Aviation University
(海军航空大学)


1st Air Regiment
CJ-6A 81x0x
The Air Academy is also known as Flight Training Institute.
In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.

Jiyuan
济源
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 35°07'12"N 112°36'31"E
Elev: 484 ft
Training Base Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Naval Aviation Training Base
海军航空兵训练基地


1st Air Regiment
JL-8 84x0x
In 2013 the Air Academy was reorganized with 4th Regiment (84x0x) flying with JL-8 from Changzhi/Wangcun becoming 2nd Regiment with serials 82x0x and 1st Regiment/Naval Aviation Training Base at Jiyuan with serials 83x0x.

Jiyuan is also used for Y8 testing.

Liangxiangzhen
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 39°45'28"N 116°07'30"E
Elev: 167 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Unknown division

2nd Independent Regiment
Y-7-100
Y-7G
Y-8CH
CRJ200ER
CRJ700
9xx2
B-4xxx(CRJ)

Around 2010 the last Russian build An-26s were disposed off by the Navy.
Photo: Scramble archive
Qinhuangdao/Shanhaiguan
秦皇岛
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 39°58'06"N 119°43'50"E
Elev: 30 ft
Training Base Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Naval Aviation Training Base
海军航空兵训练基地


2nd Air Regiment
JL-9H 81x7x
July 1988 the 7th Div/19Reg was reorganized into PLANAF Training Base/2nd Reg. In 2011 JL-9H replaced the JJ-6.

Suizhong
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 40°17'57"N 120°21'40"E
Elev: 41 ft
Training Base Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Naval Aviation Training Base
海军航空兵训练基地


3rd Air Regiment
JH-7
JL-10H
8xx0x?
88x0x
About 2013 Q-5s were replaced by JH7.
Confirmation is needed whether these aircraft are actually 5th Div/13th aircraft from Qinhuangdao/Shanhaiguan (serials 82x7x).

After the initial delivery end 2017 by August the regiment became fuly operational with JL-10H advanced trainers, although it is unknown whether the regiment number is still the same.

Xingcheng
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 40°34'48"N 120°42'00"E
Elev: 26 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Navy Aviation University
(海军航空大学)


4th Air Regiment
Y-5 84x0x


Air Regiment
Z-9C 9xx0


Air Regiment
Z-8C
Z-9C
Z-18
84x0x
In 2013 the Y-5 Regiment moved from Huludao
Mi-8s were replaced by Z-9C.
In 2012 the Z-9 Regiment moved from Changzhi/Wangcun.
In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.

The Naval Aviation University at Xingcheng operates a mix of helicopters and transport aircraft.
Photo: PLANAF
Xingtai/Shahe (ZBXT)
Rwy: 17/35
Pos: 36°53'00"N 114°25'45"E
Elev: 288 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Navy Aviation University
(海军航空大学)


5th Air Regiment
Y-7 85x0x
Around 2013 the 2nd Regiment (82x0x) changed into the 5th Regiment (85x0x).
In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.

China Naval Aviation
State Oceanic Administration (SOA)
国家海洋局
Xi'an/Yanliang (ZLYN)
Rwy: 06L/24R, 06R/24L
Pos: 34°38'37"N 109°14'27"E
Elev: 1260 ft
Branche Agency Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
State Oceanic Administration (SOA)
国家海洋局


China Coast Guard (CCG)
中国海警

MA60H B-xxxx
The State Oceanic Administration was created in 2013 as part of the civilian Ministry of Land and Resources
Early 2018 it was decided that the State Oceanic Administration will be dissolved and that the Coast guard with bbe subordinated to the Armed Police Force (WJ)
The homebase of the MA60 needs confirmation.

Zhoushan/Zhujiajian (ZSZS)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 29°56'05"N 122°21'44"E
Elev: 3 ft
Branche Agency Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
State Oceanic Administration (SOA)
国家海洋局


China Marine Surveillance (CMS)
(国家海洋局)

Y-12F
H425
MA60H
AC-313
B-50xx
B-70xx
The State Oceanic Administration was created in 2013 as part of the civilian Ministry of Land and Resources
Early 2018 it was decided that the State Oceanic Administration will be dissolved.

The Coast Guard air assets includes a single maritime patrol aircraft, the MA60H.
Photo: AVIC
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