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By Jeff Head - Last Update: March 7, 2014

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This site's mission is to document and analyse the rapid growth and modernization of the Red Chinese Navy, known as the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and put that growth and modernization into perspective as it relates to US vital interests in general, and as it relates particularly to the US Navy in the Western Pacific (WESPAC). In 2013, as a result of what happened between 2009 and 2013, the Chinese Navy, for the first time, is approaching the numeric number of warships (combatants) available to its Navy as the US Navy. This is because of continued rapid growth for the PLAN, and also the slow decommissioning rate of older PLAN vessels. There are actually 188 modern PLAN warships (w/technology less than 20 years old), compared to the 274 US vessels which are all up to modern standards. In addition, when looking at the workhorse combatants (Nuclear Subs, Guided missile destroyers and cruisers, the US has a tremdnous quntitative lead. Beyond that, please use the links above to navigate the site to areas of interest. The table below represents, in general terms, the relative growth of the overall fleets (USN and PLAN) over the last sixteen years for the major combatants listed and summarizes their percentage growth or shrinkage, and their relative sizes as compared to each other.
Major Naval Combatant relative growth chart USN vs. PLAN 1997-2013 US NAVY PLAN
Ship Type/Description 1997 2009 2013 1997 2009 2013
SS - Diesel Electric subs (old Romeos not included) 00 00 00 22 54 58
SSN- Nuclear attack submarines 68 55 55 04 07 10
SSGN - Nuclear guided missile submarines 00 04 04 00 00 00
SSBN - Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines 18 14 14 01 04 06
LSD/T - Landing Ship Dock/Tank 50 42 47 24 43 95
LPD - Landing Platform Dock 12 09 10 00 02 04
LHA/D - Large Flat Deck Amphibious Assault Ships 11 12 12 00 00 00
FFG - Guided Missile Frigates 51 31 35 34 53 62
DD - Destroyers (US Spruance class) 31 00 00 00 00 00
DDG - Guided missile destroyers 26 59 64 16 28 32
CG - Guided missile cruisers 27 22 22 00 00 00
CGN - Nuclear powered guided missile cruisers 04 00 00 00 00 00
CV(N) Aircraft Carriers (including US nuclear powered) 14 11 11 00 01 01
TOTALS 1997, 2009, & 2013 312 259 274 101 192 268
RELATIVE GROWTH 1997-2009, & 2009-2013 -16.99% 5.47% 90.10% 28.36%
RELATIVE OVERALL NUMBERS COMPARED 308.91% 134.90% 102.24% 32.37% 74.13% 97.81%
Note 1: This year Amphib vessels down to the LCU 2000 (US) and the Type 79 II Yuhai (PRC) have been included, increasing the overall numbers for all years.
Note 2: Jeff Head has maintained the Rising Sea Dragon site for ten years at his cost. Any donation helps offset hosting & bandwidth costs for continued operations.
Jeff Head is an engineering consultant with many years experience in the power, defense, and computer industries. He currently works for the federal government helping maintain and protect regional infrastructure. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, and is also the author of a self-published and best-selling series of military techno-thrillers called "Dragon's Fury: World War against America and the West," that projects a fictional third world war arising out of current events. You can learn more about that series and his other, non-fiction work, by clicking on the pictures of the novel covers below:

Dragon's Fury

Dragon's Fury - World War Against America and the West
: Following great success in the War on Terror, politicians and analysts alike thought that future global conflict was impossible...but they were wrong. Journey into a possible future where Islamic terrorists sharpen their horrific skills & ally with Red China. In such a future, can the U.S. & western civilization survive?
Stand at Klamath Falls

The Stand at Klamath Falls
: How rural western farmers and their supporters stood up to entrenched environmentalism, activist judges, and agencies of the Federal gGovernment in southwestern Oregon...and prevailed.

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