Armed Forces Overviews
China Naval Aviation
China Naval Aviation
Northern Theatre Command
(North Sea Fleet)
In 2013 the J15 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
Y9J (Y8GX8)
Y8JB (Y8GX2)
Y8X
9xx1
Before 2003 2nd Division/4th Regiment was dissolved and the H6G/H6DU aircraft went to 8th Regiment, leaving 1st Indep. Division with H5 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 Y9 (9JB/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
J8FH
J8FR
JL9
83x5x
In 2007 the J8E was replaced by J8FH.
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
Y8J
KJ200 (Y8W / Y8GX5)
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
Z8JH
Z9C
Z9D
9xx6
SAR equipped SA365N replaced Z9Cs.
About 2012 the 6th Indep. Regiment was reorganized into 2Div/5Reg.
At Cangkou also a Technical School is located.

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 Z9C 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
SH5 9xx3
The serials still indicate the Regiments history by the former 3rd Independent Regiment serial

Although in May 2013 SH5 9113 crashed in the harbour the three surviving SH5s 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 Y8Q was noted, suggesting that the SH5 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
JH7A 82x7x
July 1988 the 7th Div/20th Reg got subordinated to 5th Div as 20th Reg while keeping the serial batch.
By 2011 the 20th Regiment was renamed 13th Regiment subordinated to 5th Division.
(The original 13th Regiment got subordinated to the Training Base in July 1988 as 1st regiment)

In 2009 Q5 aircraft were replaced by JH7A.


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
JH7A 82x5x
JH7As replaced Q5s around 2006.

China Naval Aviation
Eastern Theatre Command
(East Sea Fleet)
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
H6G
H6DU
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 H6G 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 J10 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 J10AH/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
J10AH
J10SH
83x4x
Between six and twelve Sukhois are based here on detachment.

Late 2010 the 12th Regiment converted from J7EH to J10 fighters.
During the conversion of Luqiao to modern airbase with shelters for J10 and J11/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
Before 2008 the 4th Independent Regiment changed into 11th Reg subordinate to 4th Div.

Until the WS-13 engine became available all JH7s were equipped with two Rolls Royce Spey engines taken from old RAF Phantoms. The JH7 started life as FBC-1 (Fighter/Bomber China-1) "Flying Leopard".
Photo: Scramble archive
Shanghai/Dachang
上海大场
Pos: 31°19'"N 121°25'"E
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
6th Division
海军航空兵6师


16th Air Regiment
JH7 81x6x
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 J10s.
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
JH7 82x6x
The 18th Air Regiment was based at Shanghai-Dachang using J6.
J6s were replaced by JH7 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 Theatre Command
(South Sea Fleet)
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
H6G
H6DU
81x2x
82x3x
In 2003 the 1st Indep Regiment was renamed 23rd Regiment. At the same time H6G/H6DU aircraft from 2nd Division were included.
Although the 3rd Division was disbanded back in 1985 the serial batch 82x3x is still used.

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
J11BH
J11BSH
81x8x


24th Air Regiment
J11BH 83x8x
The 22nd Regiment used to operate from Haikou-Da Yin that was surrendered to urban development. The J11s replaced J6 aircraft.
In 2010 J7EH from 12th Regiment replaced J7II within the 24th Regiment. In 2014 J7s were replaced by J11BH.
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
JH7A
JJ7A
83x9x
In August 2004 the first JH7A's for the 27th Regiment were noted. J7IIs 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
9th Division
海军航空兵9师


Regiment
Y8Q (Y8GX6)
KJ500H (Y8GX10)
85x9x
Unknown Division

Unknown regiment id
BZK-005 (UAV)
The home base of these arcraft has to be confirmed.

25th Regiment from Ligshui is regularly intercepting foreign reconnaisance aircraft along the coastline. On April 1st 2001 a J8B crashed after colliding with US Navy EP-3E 156511 killing the Lieutenant Commander Wang Wei. In 2013 the type was replaced by more capable J11s.
Photo: US Navy via China-Defense
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
Y7G
Z8
Z8J
Z8S
Z9C
Z9D
9xx7
By 2012 the 7th Indep. Regiment was reorganized into 26th Regiment subordinate to 9th Division

The Z8 is the main transport helicopter for all armed services Two Z8Js were shown on board Changbai Shan (989) in Rotterdam during their European tour.
Photo: Harrie Kraaijeveld
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
J11BH
J11BSH
81x9x
In 2007 the J8B/Ds at Lingshui were upgraded to J8BH/J8DH.
In 2013 J11BH/BSH replaced the J8s 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
Naval Aviation Academy
海军航空兵学院


2nd Air Regiment
JL8 82x0x


5th Air Regiment
Y7H
HYJ7
85x0x
In 2013 the Air Academy was reorganized with 4th Regiment (84x0x) flying with JL8 becoming 2nd Regiment.
In 2013 2nd Air Reg (82x0x) with HYJ7/Y7 (ex HJ5) moved from Xincheng to Changzhi to become 5th Air Regiment together with the local Y7 regiment (9xx0)

In 2011 the Navy introduced the JL9H for conversion training to the JH7A, replacing the ancient JJ6.
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
J15
J15S
JL9
Z9D
Z18
Z18F
Z18YJ
xxx
The Air Wing became operational in May 2013.
It is believed all air assets for the Liaoning aircraft carrier are based here.

A pair of converted Z9Ds is used for SAR duties from the Liaoning aircraft carrier.
Photo: PLAN
The Liaoning aircraft carrier is also used to house the Z18F 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 Z18F
Photo: Internet
In 2013 the Z18 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
Naval Aviation Academy
海军航空兵学院


1st Air Regiment
CJ6A 81x0x
The Air Academy is also known as Flight Training Institute.

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
JL8 84x0x
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
Y7-100
MA60
Y8
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
JL9H 81x7x
July 1988 the 7th Div/19Reg was reorganized into PLANAF Training Base/2nd Reg.

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
JH7
This JH7 regiment used to operate Q5 aircraft from this base.

Xingcheng
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 40°34'48"N 120°42'00"E
Elev: 26 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Naval Aviation Academy
海军航空兵学院


4th Air Regiment
Y5 84x0x


Air Regiment
Z9C 9xx0


Air Regiment
Z8 (ex 84x0x)


3rd Air Regiment
JL8
JL9A
83x0x
In 2013 the Y5 Regiment moved from Huludao
Mi-8s were replaced by Z9C.
In 2012 the Z9 Regiment moved from Changzhi/Wangcun.
The locaion of the 3rd regiment needs to be confirmed.

The HYJ7 (modified Y7-100) has taken over the bomber trainer role from the H5
Photo: Internet
China Naval Aviation
China Coast Guard
Xi'an/Yanliang (ZLYN)
Rwy: 06L/24R, 06R/24L
Pos: 34°38'37"N 109°14'27"E
Elev: 1260 ft
Command Division Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
China Coast Guard

Unknown division
MA60H
The Maritime Patrol Aircraft was delivered in April 2016 to a yet unknown location.

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

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