In 2013 the Air Academy was reorganized with 4th Regiment (84x0x) flying with JL-8 split into 2nd Reg/Naval Aviation Academy using a new serial batch and some JL-8 going to the 1st Reg/Naval Aviation Training Base at Jiyuan using 83x0x. In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.
In 2011 the Navy introduced the JL-9H for conversion training to the JH-7A, replacing the ancient JJ-6.
The serial batch 81x1x dates from before 1993 when the unit was still named 1st Regiment. In 1993 it was reorganised into 5th Independent Regiment.
18th Rgeiment moved in June 1977 from Dachang to Yuwi and was renumbered 17th Regiment in October 1985. In 2003 5th Independent Regiment was added to the 17th Regiment.
By 2019 H-6J had arrived with 91x5 serials indicating that they were flying for the 5th Independent Regiment although no mention of its regiment number is given anymore. In 2020 the serials on the H-6J changed into two-digit serials. Whether it is based at Changzhou/Benniu needs confirmation.
The H-6G is easy recognizable with 2 hardpoints under each wing.
Before 2003 2nd Division/4th Regiment was dissolved and the H-6G/H-6DU aircraft went to 8th Regiment, leaving 1st Indep. Division with H-5 aircraft as the sole user of Tuchengzi (in addition to Laiyang).
In 2012 2nd Division started as a Specialized Division, with 1st Indep Regiment becoming 2nd Div/6th Regiment as can still be seen by the serials.
End 2018/early 2019 the Y-8Q was inducted within the Regiment
In 2013 the ELINT version of the Y-9 (Y-9JZ/GX8) started operations within the PLANAF.
The 10th Regiment ("Sea and Air Eagle Regiment") started life in July 1954 when the 49th PLAAF regiment was transferred to the Navy. Until spring 1951 that regiment had been flying as 257th Regiment.
In 2010/2011 during the conversion of Luqiao to a J-10 airfield 12th Regiment used Feidong, with 10th Regiment temporarily using Ningbo.
By 2020 the 10th Air Regiment of the 4th Division was transformed into the 4th Naval Aviation Brigade, together with 12th Air Regiment aircraft. In 2020 Naval Aeronautics University Regiment flying J-11B(S)H used this air base.
In 2003 the 1st Independent Regiment (serials 82x3x) was renamed 23rd Regiment. At the same time H-6G/H-6DU aircraft from 2nd Division (81x2x) were included.
Although the 3rd Division was disbanded back in 1985 the serial batch 82x3x was still used until 2018.
The Air Wing became operational in May 2013.
It is believed all air assets for the Liaoning aircraft carrier are based here. Up to 2013 the 3rd Regiment operated HJ-5/H-5 aircraft from Xingcheng in the bomber/navigation trainer role. In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.
A pair of converted Z-9Ds is used for SAR duties from the Liaoning aircraft carrier.
The Liaoning aircraft carrier is also used to house the Z-18F that is used for AEW duties with a large external antenna at the aft fuselage.
In 2014 the navy expended its ASW capabilities with the introduction of the Z-18F
In 2013 the Z-18 was introduced for passenger transport duties from the aircraft carrier.
Between six and twelve Sukhois are based here on detachment. The 4th Naval Aviation Brigade was formed using 10th and 12th Naval Aviation Regiment assets. Late 2010 the 12th Regiment converted from J-7EH to J10 fighters.
During the conversion of Luqiao to modern airbase with shelters for J-10 and J-11/Su-30 aircraft, the 12th Regiment was temporary based at Feidong.
By 2020 the 12th Air Regiment of the 4th Division was transformed into the 4th Naval Aviation Brigade, together with 10th Air Regiment aircraft.
In 2010 the East Fleet saw yet another boost in capabilities with the arrival of J-10AH/SH aircraft.
RWY 03L/21R, 03R/21L POS 40°45'03"N 120°52'31"E ELEV 31 ft
The 22nd Regiment used to operate from Haikou-Da Yin that was surrendered to urban development. The J-11s replaced J-6 aircraft. In 2010 J-7EH from 12th Regiment replaced J-7II within the 24th Regiment. In 2014 J-7s were replaced by J-11BH.
The airbase also houses a UAV Regiment (BZK-005).
In 2013 the Air Academy was reorganized with 4th Regiment (84x0x) flying with JL-8 from Changzhi/Wangcun becoming 2nd Regiment with serials 82x0x and 1st Regiment/Naval Aviation Training Base at Jiyuan with serials 83x0x.
Early 2018 KJ-500H aircraft were noted in the 81x3x serial range indicating the revival of 3rd Naval Air Division (which can be a rename of the 9th Division, though that has to be confirmed). Thew first aircraft were flying with the new 7th Naval Air Regiment that was converted from the 9th Div/27th Regiment.
Y-7G and Y-9JZ followed in 2019 and 2020. Aircraft flying for this MPA Regiment were first noted April 2019.
Before 2008 the 4th Independent Regiment changed into 11th Reg subordinate to 4th Div. In 2017 the 16th (JH-7) Regiment moved from Shanghai/Dachang, although it is to be confirmed the type was used much longer after that.
The airbase is also used by UAVs.
Ningbo also houses special mission Y-9s on detachment.
Until the WS-13 engine became available all JH7s were equipped with two Rolls Royce Spey engines taken from old RAF Phantoms.
RWY 13/31, HEL POS 36°09'32"N 120°23'16"E ELEV 33 ft
SAR equipped SA365N replaced Z-9Cs.
About 2012 the 6th Indep. Regiment was reorganized into 2Div/5Reg.
At Cangkou also the Naval Aviation University is located (ground school).
Like many navy Regiments the former 7th Independent Regiment is still evident from the serial numbers that had not been changed during the 2012 re-organization. Evidence was provided during a European tour of three Chinese ships with Z-9C 9317 on board of Yuncheng (571).
July 1988 the 7th Div/19Reg was reorganized into PLANAF Training Base/2nd Reg. In 2011 JL-9H replaced the JJ-6.
The Air Base is also used by Regiments from the Northern Theatre Command. July 1988 the 7th Div/20th Reg got subordinated to 5th Div as 20th Reg while keeping the serial batch.
In 2009 Q-5 aircraft were replaced by JH-7A.
By 2011 the 20th Regiment was renamed 13th Regiment subordinated to 5th Division.
In 2013 the Regiment disappeared from Qinhuangdao / Shanhaiguan. Did they go to Suizhong?
(The original 13th Regiment got subordinated to the Training Base in July 1988 as 1st regiment).
The Naval Aviation Training Base also uses the airbase (see above).
The State Oceanic Administration was created in 2013 as part of the civilian Ministry of Land and Resources
and reporting to the State Oceanic Administration. In 2018 the SOA disappeared and the China Coast Guard became subordinate to the People's Armed Police In 2020 the Y-8Q Regiment started to use this new civilian airport.
The airport is also used by a civilian AVIC Wing Loong-10/Wing Shandow UAV for weather surveillance.
RWY 06/24, HEL POS 18°17'15"N 109°27'49"E ELEV 26 ft
In 2013 the Y-5 Regiment moved from Huludao Mi-8s were replaced by Z-9C.
In 2012 the Z-9 Regiment moved from Changzhi/Wangcun. In December the Naval Aviation Academy (海军航空兵学院) was renamed into Naval Aviation University.
The Naval Aviation University at Xingcheng operates a mix of helicopters and transport aircraft.
The 18th Air Regiment was based at Shanghai-Dachang using J-6.
J-6s were replaced by JH-7 end 2003 and the Regiment relocated to the former Air Force Air Base near Yiwu.
Mid 2006 82x6x aircraft were still noted at Dachang however.
Initially this Regiment was named the 17th hence its serial range.
In 2007 the J-8B/Ds at Lingshui were upgraded to J-8BH/J-8DH.
In 2013 J-11BH/BSH replaced the J-8s and the unit moved to Ledong, leaving the air base vacant for other activities.
April 2016 the unit moved to Yongxing Dao, although this might be on deployment only.
The airbase is also used by UAVs (BZK-007)
The unit started as China Marine Surveillance (CMS) (国家海洋局). With the creation of the State Oceanic Administration the CMS was dissolved into the Chines Coast Guard that got subordinated to the People's Armed Police in 2018.
In can be expected that the serials have changed since 2018.
The Coast Guard air assets includes a single maritime patrol aircraft, the MA60H.
On 15 June 2017 the PLAAF 14th Regiment flying from Zhucheng was disbanded and the Q-5s (serials 1xx6x) retired.
In 2017 the Marine Corps was greatly expanded including the creation of an Aviation Brigade. By 2020 the Z-8Cs used by this Brigade arrived at Zhucheng.
Starting 2020 the Z-8C is the first flying asset operated by the Marine Corps
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