North Sea Fleet

North Sea Fleet
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Active 1950–Present
Country  People's Republic of China
Branch  People's Liberation Army Navy
Type Naval fleet
Garrison/HQ Qingdao Naval Base, China
Li Yujie

The North Sea Fleet (NSF; Chinese: 北海舰队) is one of the three fleets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, under the Northern Theater Command. In September 1950 the Qingdao Army Base was redesignated as a naval base. Following the departure of the Soviet Navy from Lüshunkou (Port Arthur), the North Sea Fleet was established in 1960 with naval bases in Qingdao and Lüshunkou.

It includes nuclear-powered submarines: five Han class attack submarines and China's single Xia class submarine ballistic missile submarine, all based at Qingdao.

The NSF has historically received primacy during the allocation of the destroyers and frigates, as its role was to defend northeast China (including Beijing) against any amphibious attacks by Soviet Union. However, unlike the East Sea and South Sea Fleets, it has never been involved in combat.

Major naval bases

The fleet headquarters is located at Qingdao, with other major naval bases at:


The flagship of the fleet is the Harbin (112), a Luhu class destroyer.




  • 7 Jiangdao-class:
    • Datong (580)e
    • Yingkou (581)
    • Weihai (590)
    • Fushun (591)
    • Xinyang (501)
    • Huangshi (502)
    • Qinhuangdao (505)

Nuclear submarines

  • 4 Han-class SSNs:
    • ChangZheng 2 (402)
    • ChangZheng 3 (403)
    • ChangZheng 4 (404)
    • ChangZheng 5 (405)
  • 1 Xia-class SSBN:
    • ChangZheng 6 (406)

Diesel-electric submarines

  • At least 15, and possibly up to 20 Ming

Landing ships

Replenishment ships

See also


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