Armed Forces Overviews
China: People's Liberation Army - Naval Aviation

 

Organisation

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The People's Liberation Army - Naval Aviation (PLANAF) was established on April 23, 1949. It is organized into three Fleets, called Beihai, Donghai and Nanhai Fleets which are better known in English documents as North Sea Fleet, East Sea Fleet and South Sea Fleet.

Within these Fleets the Naval Aviation elements are composed of a grand total of ten Air Divisions (1st up to 10th). Each Division consists of up to three Regiments with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Regiment with the 1st Division up to the 28th, 29th and 30th Regiment with the 10th Division. Before 2012 the Independent Air Regiments operating special roles got subordinated to regular Divisions. The serials batches however were not changed.

In 2012 the Naval Aviation Force started a new chapter with the introduction of the Aircraft Carrier Liaoning/16. Aircraft expected to operate from this carrier include J15, Z9 and Z18.