East Sea Fleet

Eastern Theater Command Navy
The People's Liberation Army Navy's jack and ensign
Active 1949–present
Country  People's Republic of China
Branch  People's Liberation Army Navy
Type Naval fleet
Garrison/HQ Ningbo, China
Rear Admiral Wei Gang

The Eastern Theater Command Navy (Chinese: 东部战区海军),[1] or East Sea Fleet (ESF; Chinese: 东海舰队), is one of the three fleets of the People's Liberation Army Navy, under the Eastern Theater Command. It was the first naval force formed by the People's Liberation Army, on 23 April 1949 and was initially based at Shanghai. Renamed in 1955, it has since been assigned to be part of the People's Liberation Army Navy and its headquarters have been moved to Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, but the fleet continues to patrol the East China Sea. Its flagship is 150 Changhcun.

The fleet was used in a support role during the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) invasion of the Kuomintang-held island of Yijiangshan on 14 January 1955. It has engaged in numerous other battles against the Taiwanese military. It has also operated in support of the South Sea Fleet against the People's Army of Vietnam, particularly in the 1980s.

The fleet would have a key role in any invasion of Taiwan, and one of its principal missions is to effectively support a PLA amphibious operation against that island. The fleet has been augmented by two Sovremenny-class missile destroyers, with a further 2 delivered by the end of 2006. Four Kilo class attack submarines have also joined the fleet.

Major naval bases of the fleet

  • Ningbo Fleet Headquarters
  • Shanghai Naval Base
  • Xiangshan Naval Base
  • Zhoushan Naval Base
  • Fujian Naval Base

Ships in the fleet

Rescue and salvage ship:



  • 9 Jiangkai II-class(江凯II):
    • Zhoushan (529)(舟山)
    • Xuzhou (530)(徐州)
    • Yiyang (548)(益阳)
    • Changzhou (549)(常州)
    • Huanggang (577) (黄冈)
    • Yangzhou (578) (扬州)
    • Jingzhou (532) (荆州)
    • XiangTan (531) (湘潭)
    • "Binzhou" (515) (滨州)
  • 2 Jiangkai I-class(江凯):
    • Ma'anshan (525)(马鞍山)
    • Wenzhou (526)(温州)
  • 4 Jiangwei II-class(江卫II):
    • Jiaxing (521)(嘉兴)
    • Lianyungang (522)(连云港)
    • Putian (523)(莆田)
    • Sanming (524)(三明)
  • 2 Jianghu V-class:
    • Beihai (558)(北海)
    • Foshan (559)(佛山)
  • 1 Jianghu I-class:
    • Jiujiang (516)(九江)


  • 10 Jiangdao-class:
    • Bengbu (582) (蚌埠)
    • Shangrao (583)(上饶)
    • Ji'an (586)(吉安)
    • Quanzhou (588) (泉州)
    • Sanmenxia (593) (三门峡)
    • Suzhou (503) (宿州)
    • "Baoding" (511) (保定)
    • "Heze" (512) (菏泽)
    • "Ningde" (510) (宁德)
    • "Ezhou" (513) (鄂州)

Diesel-electric submarines

Landing ships

Replenishment ships

See also


  1. "媒体:成立东部战区海军 是不是东海舰队就没了". Guancha Syndicate. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
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