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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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.

Indian Navy Insignia

Indian Navy

Naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces.

Naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces.

Indian Navy Insignia
Three-mast sailship, c. 5th century
Chola territories during Rajendra Chola I, c. 1030
A depiction of a Maratha naval attack in 1812 against the East India Company's ship Aurora.
of Royal Indian Navy in Sydney Harbour during World War II
, an Indian submarine which played a vital role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war
Aircraft carrier during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The ship played a crucial role in enforcing the naval blockade on East Pakistan and ensuring India's victory during the war.
Indian Navy flotilla including aircraft carrier escorting on its way home in 2014
Guard of honour at the INA, 2012.
From top to bottom:, and
approaching for replenishment at sea
Sea King helicopters operating aboard INS Viraat
Some of the uniforms of Indian Navy
Indian Navy personnel issued with NWU Type-1 camo replacing previous "No. 10" uniform
Indian Navy P-8I Neptune aircraft deployed in Seychelles
MiG-29K operates from INS Vikramaditya
HAL Dhruv during special operation
A Marine Commando during urban combat training at Malabar 2021.
INS Vikramaditya
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A MiG-29K of the Indian Navy
A Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy
A Kamov Ka-31 helicopter lands on the USS Bunker Hill
INS Chakra, the nuclear attack submarine of the Indian Navy
Varunastra advanced heavyweight torpedo of the Indian Navy.
Barak 8 missile fired from INS Kochi
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile fired from INS Chennai during TROPEX 2017.
INS Mumbai with Indian Navy flag during International Fleet Review 2016
Milan exercise 2022 grows in size with 39 foreign countries participating from 4 in 1995
INS Satpura in the U.S for RIMPAC 2016
The Indian Navy's all-woman crew at Lyttelton port (New Zealand), during their global circumnavigation expedition.
A Sea King approaches Vikrant while on sea trials
The INS‘Nilgiri’, the first of Indian Navy’s seven new stealth frigates, in Mumbai on September 28, 2019, which was the day she was launched.

The Indian Navy conducted a naval exercise with the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2003, and also sent ships to the South China Sea to participate in the fleet review.

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'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.

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Type 072III landing ship

Follow-on of the Type 072II landing ships initially introduced in the 1990s by the People's Republic of China.

Follow-on of the Type 072II landing ships initially introduced in the 1990s by the People's Republic of China.

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A total of eleven ships have entered service with People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and all of them were built by China Shipbuilding Shipyard (中华造船厂) in Shanghai.

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.

Patch of the People's Liberation Army Marine Corps

People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps

Patch of the People's Liberation Army Marine Corps
PLA marines based in Zhanjiang stand at attention during a visit by a U.S. admiral in 2006.
PLAN marines of the 1st Marine Brigade and U.S. Marines fire the Type 95 Assault Rifle during an exchange exercise in 2006.
PLAN sailors and marines with U.S. sailors during RIMPAC 2016.
A PLAN marine with a boarding team assigned to the guided missile destroyer Haikou during a maritime operations exercise in RIMPAC 2014.

The People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC), also known as the People's Liberation Army Marine Corps (PLAMC), is the marine force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and one of five major branches of the PLA Navy (PLAN) responsible for amphibious warfare, expeditionary operations and rapid responses.

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk

Naval aviation

Application of military air power by navies, whether from warships that embark aircraft, or land bases.

Application of military air power by navies, whether from warships that embark aircraft, or land bases.

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
Mayfly was built in 1908 and was the first aircraft to be used in a naval capacity.
Lieutenant Charles Samson's historic takeoff from in 1912.
Japanese Maurice Farman seaplane from
Sqn. Cdr. E. H. Dunning makes the first landing of an aircraft on a moving ship, a Sopwith Pup on, 2 August 1917
The Grumman J2F Duck was an amphibious biplane used for patrol
The Douglas Dauntless SBD was used extensively during the Battle of Midway.
The ski-jump and a Sea Harrier on Royal Navy carrier.
An MH-53E helicopter, performs mine countermeasure training using the MK-105 sled
A German Navy 1150 Atlantic is an example of a ASW land based aircraft

People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force (People's Liberation Army Navy)

The Ming dynasty Great Wall at Jinshanling

Chinese submarine 361

The Ming dynasty Great Wall at Jinshanling

The submarine hull number No. 361 named Great Wall #61 (长城61号) was a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Type-035AIP (ES5E variant) (NATO reporting name Ming III) conventional diesel/electric submarine.

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.