People's Liberation Army Navy

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army Navy
A gunboat in used in the Battle of Toumenshan
Haifa base commander Brig. Gen. Eli Sharvit welcomes RADM Yang Jun-Fei to Israel in 2012
PLAN Captain Wang, commanding officer of the destroyer Jinan greets USN Captain Lyle Hall during a goodwill port visit in 2015
A Type 052C destroyer, Changchun, in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia in 2017
Major naval units in the PLA military regions in 2006
Sailors from the U.S. Navy talk with Chinese Navy sailors from the destroyer Xi'an after the Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 2016) exercise
PLAN Marines of the 1st Marine Brigade and members of the USMC fire the Type 95 Assault Rifle during an exchange exercise in 2006.
A PLAN marine with a boarding team assigned to the guided missile destroyer Haikou during a maritime operations exercise in RIMPAC 2014.
China's critical sea lines of communication. In 2004, over 80 percent of Chinese crude oil imports transited the Straits of Malacca, with less than 2 percent transiting the Straits of Lombok.
Frigate "Weifang" (China)
Frigate "Linyi" (China)
Maritime claims in the South China Sea
Dongguan aground on the Half Moon Shoal, 22 July 2011
PLANS Xiamen (DDG-154) 20180420
Geographic boundaries of the First and Second Island Chains

Maritime service branch of the People's Liberation Army.

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Republic of China Navy

Maritime branch of the Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCAF).

Maritime branch of the Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCAF).

Emblem of the Republic of China Navy
Admiral Liu Chih-pin, the current Commanding-General.
ROCN delegation in Washington D.C., 1930
President of Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen reviews a Marine Corps battalion in 2020
LPD-1401 Yushan
SuAo Bay Panorama
ROCN Xinbin Camp with 205
Anchor in Entrance Road of Zhongzheng Naval Base
Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III launchers of Tian Dan (PFG2-1110)
Sea Oryx missile launcher display at MND Hall
Covered ROCN Hsiung Feng II & Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile launchers truck displayed at Zuoying Naval Base
ROCN Hughes 500 "6910" carried on Lan Yang (FFG-935) helicopter deck from rear right view
ROCN S-70C(M) "2307" flying over Zuoying Naval Base in the morning
Mark 32 torpedo tubes mounted on ROCN Tzu I (PFG-1107)
No.1 Wan Xiang CAPTOR mine displayed aboard ROCN Ho Zhong (LCU-484)
No.2 Wan Xiang Bottom mine displayed aboard ROCN Ho Zhong (LCU-484)
Sea Chaparral launcher mounted on ROCN Si Ning (PFG-1203)
T-75S 20mm Cannon mounted on ROCS FACG-77
Phalanx CIWS and Bofors 40 mm L/70 gun aboard on ROCN Di Hua (PFG-1206)
M96 motorboat
The President of Taiwan aboard the Pan Shi
OTO Melara 76mm Gun aboard the frigate ROCN Si Ning (PFG-1203)
ROCN Hsiung Feng II & Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile launchers truck
ROCN S-70C(M) "2312"
Visitors in front of ROCN Kao Hsiung (LCC-1)
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While still sometimes used especially in domestic circles, it is now not as often used internationally due to the current ambiguous political status of Taiwan and to avoid confusion with the People's Liberation Army Navy of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army

People's Liberation Army

Principal military force of the People's Republic of China and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Principal military force of the People's Republic of China and the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army
PLA troops entering Beijing in 1949 during the Chinese Civil War
Chinese troops gathered on a T-34/85 or a Type 58 medium tank leaving North Korea in 1958, 5 years after the Korean War ended with an armistice (a ceasefire) in 1953. The banner in the background of the picture bears a slogan (in Chinese) which declares "The Friendship And Unity of the North Korean And Chinese Peoples Are Always Steadfast And Strong!"
Marshal Lin Biao surveying the soldiers during the 10th-anniversary military parade in 1959.
The PLA Honor Guard in Beijing, 2007
The CMC is ceremonially housed in the Ministry of National Defense compound ("August 1st Building")
The five theater commands of the PLA
A Type 99A main battle tank in service with the PLAGF
A PLAN destroyer conducting maritime interdiction operations at RIMPAC 2016
A Chengdu J-20 5th generation stealth fighter
DF-21Ds at the 2015 Victory Parade
A PLA Navy Special Operations Forces marine during a maritime operations exercise in RIMPAC 2014.
The range of the PLA Rocket Force's medium and intercontinental ballistic missiles (2006)
A pie chart showing global military expenditures by country for 2019, in US$ billions, according to SIPRI
PLA Factory No. 6907, Wuhan. The white characters on the blue sign roughly translate to: "Secret/Classified Area, Do Not Enter Unless Invited."
The Central Military Band of the People's Liberation Army of China at the Great Hall of the People. The band is a common performer of the military anthem of the PLA at ceremonial protocol events.
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The PLA consists of five service branches: the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, and Strategic Support Force.

USS Abraham Lincoln leads a formation of ships from eight countries during the Exercise RIMPAC in July 2006.

Blue-water navy

Maritime force capable of operating globally, essentially across the deep waters of open oceans.

Maritime force capable of operating globally, essentially across the deep waters of open oceans.

USS Abraham Lincoln leads a formation of ships from eight countries during the Exercise RIMPAC in July 2006.
A blue-water navy still remains susceptible to asymmetric threats, example being the USS Cole bombing in October 2000
Indian Navy flotilla of Western Fleet escort INS Vikramaditya (R33) and INS Viraat (R22) in the Arabian Sea; According to the Todd & Lindberg classification system, four navies are considered to be rank 3 blue-water "multi-regional power projection" navies, capable of operating in multiple regions adjacent its own.
(foreground) operating with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) (middle) and (background) in the Gulf of Oman, 2013
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning
French aircraft carrier
Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya
Italian aircraft carrier Cavour
Russian aircraft carrier
Aircraft carrier and her Carrier Strike Group during Exercise Westlant 19.
United States Navy supercarrier USS Nimitz
United States Navy amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA-6)

The People's Liberation Army Navy is subject to a variety of assessments regarding its capabilities.

The People's Liberation Army Navy's jack and ensign

East Sea Fleet

The People's Liberation Army Navy's jack and ensign
Fleets in Dong Hai

The Eastern Theater Command Navy, or East Sea Fleet (ESF; ), is one of the three fleets of the People's Liberation Army Navy, operating in the East China Sea under the Eastern Theater Command.

The People's Liberation Army Navy jack and ensign

North Sea Fleet

The People's Liberation Army Navy jack and ensign
The aircraft carrier Liaoning in the East China Sea

The Northern Theater Command Navy, or the North Sea Fleet (NSF; ) is one of the three fleets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, under the Northern Theater Command.

The People's Liberation Army Navy's jack and ensign

South Sea Fleet

The People's Liberation Army Navy's jack and ensign
The aircraft carrier Shandong in the Dalian port
A Jiangkai-Class Frigate in action in Nan Hai

The Southern Theater Command Navy, or the South Sea Fleet (SSF; ) is one of the three fleets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, operating in the South China Sea under the Southern Theater Command.

Flag of the People's Liberation Army Navy

People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force

Flag of the People's Liberation Army Navy

The People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force (PLANAF; ) is the naval aviation branch of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force

People's Liberation Army Ground Force

"Chinese Ground Forces" redirect here; not to be confused with Republic of China Army.

"Chinese Ground Forces" redirect here; not to be confused with Republic of China Army.

Emblem of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Tank troops on display at the 10th anniversary of the founding of the PRC in 1959
The five theater commands of the PLA
A PLAGF soldier armed with a QBZ-191 assault rifle and QSZ-92A pistol with Type-19 uniform in the 2021 International Army Games
Troops of the People's Armed Police
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace shakes hands with Chinese tankers at Shenyang in 2007
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PLAGF and Oregon National Guard work alongside during a disaster response exercise in 2017
PLAGF infantryman at the International Army Games in 2021
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates greets Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan in Beijing, China on 5 November 2007
Military guard of the PLAGF in 2012
PLAGF infantrymen at the 2015 China Victory Day Parade
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alt=Vehicle with Self-Propelled Artillery|PLZ-05 self-propelled howitzer
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Type 99 tank

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) theater commands are joint operation commands that hold extensive controls over the PLA Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Rocket Force, and the Strategic Support Force.

Spanish Marines Boarding Team. Spanish Naval Infantry is the oldest marine unit in the world.

Marines

Marines, or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate in littoral zones in support of naval operations.

Marines, or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate in littoral zones in support of naval operations.

Spanish Marines Boarding Team. Spanish Naval Infantry is the oldest marine unit in the world.
Finnish Coastal Jaegers conducting an amphibious landing
Assyrian bireme with visible marines
Ancient Greek trireme
The Roman corvus
The first landing in history: Italian marines in 1911 landed on the Libyan coast and conquered Tripoli during the Italo-Turkish war
Marines in an amphibious beach assault exercise during RIMPAC
Scuba-equipped Bolivian marines aboard an inflatable boat
Brazilian marines
Chilean Navy special forces
PLAN marines during RIMPAC 2016
Fusiliers marins during parade
A German Navy boarding team
Indian MARCOS in 2017
Indonesian marines during RIMPAC 2014
IRGCN marine forces conducting an amphibious assault exercise during the Great Prophet IX war games.
Italian marines in training
Japanese marines from the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (Japan) prepare to deploy from the USS Ashland (LSD-48)
Maldivian marines
Mexican naval infantry
Pakistani marines
Philippine marines during an assault training exercise
The Portuguese Corpo de Fuzileiros
An armed Russian marine aboard a warship in the Mediterranean Sea
South African marines boarding an Indian warship as part of an exercise
Sri Lankan Marines Assault Beach at Sri Lankan Naval Satation in Mullikulum, Sri Lanka, Feb. 27, 2017
President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen reviews a Marine Corps battalion
Royal Thai Marine land ashore during an amphibious assault as part of CARAT 2011
Turkish boarding teams
A Ukrainian naval infantry
Boarding procedures demonstrated by the British Royal Marines
US Marines Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team conduct an exercise aboard a fishing vessel
Troupes de marine
The landing of the Japanese marines from the Unyo at Ganghwa Island, Korea, in the 1875 Ganghwa Island incident
Ottoman naval infantrymen during the reign of Abdul Hamid II
Soviet naval infantryman during US warships visit to a Soviet port in 1989 during a demonstration in 1990
South Vietnamese marines during training

The People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) is a service branch of the PRC navy, and is therefore under the command of the PLAN Headquarters.

Taizhou, Jiangsu

Prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu province in eastern China.

Prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu province in eastern China.

Memorial to the victims of the Zhong'anlun Yangtze ferry disaster (October 15, 1945) in Taixing

The PLA Navy was established in Baimamiao, Tai county on 23 April 1949.