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THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA
By Jeff Head - Last Update: January 1, 2015




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This site documents and analyses the rapid growth and modernization of the Red Chinese Navy, known as the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and puts it in perspective relating to the US Navy in the Western Pacific (WESPAC) inparticular. In 2015, as a result of large growth between 1997 and 2009, and it cotinueing since, the Chinese Navy, for the first time, is near numeric parity with the overall US Navy, and significantly exceeds the US Navy in terms of numbers in the Western Pacific. This is due to rapid growth in new PLAN vessels, and relative slow decommissioning of older PLAN vessels. The numbers of new, modern PLAN DDGs, FFGs, and FFLs, continues to grow rapidly. Nonetheless, when comparing workhorse combatants (Nuclear attack subs, AEGIS guided-missile destroyers and cruisers, aircraft carriers, and major amphibious combatatnts the US retains a qauntitative and qualitative lead. But the capabilities of the many PLAN lighter, modern guided-missile FFGs and FFLs, and their large and modern non-nuclear sub fleet, poses significant challenge to the US Navy, Use the links to navigate the site to areas of interest. The table below represents, in general terms, the relative growth of both fleets over the last eighteen years and summarizes the percentage growth or shrinkage, and their relative sizes.

Major Naval Combatant relative growth chart USN vs. PLAN 1997-2015 US NAVY PLAN
Ship Type/Description 1997 2009 2013 2015 1997 2009 2013 2015
SS - Diesel Electric, Conventional subs 00 00 00 00 22 54 56 56
SSN- Nuclear attack submarines 68 55 55 55 04 07 10 11
SSGN - Nuclear guided missile submarines 00 04 04 04 00 00 00 00
SSBN - Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines 18 14 14 14 01 04 05 06
LST - Landing Ship Tank 50 40 46 46 24 43 92 96
LPD/LSD - Landing Platform/Ship Dock 24 20 22 23 00 02 03 04
LHA/D - Large Flat Deck Amphibious Assault Ships 12 11 10 10 00 00 00 00
MPL - Mobile Landing PLatform 00 00 01 04 00 00 00 00
FFG - Guided Missile Frigates 51 28 22 13 34 53 53 53
FFL/LCS - Light Frigate/Littoral Combat 00 00 04 08 00 00 06 23
DDG - Guided missile destroyers 57 58 62 64 16 28 32 34
CG - Guided missile cruisers 27 22 22 22 00 00 00 00
CGN - Nuclear powered guided missile cruisers 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
CV(N) Aircraft Carriers (including US nuclear powered) 14 11 10 11 00 01 01 01
AOR - Combatant Replensihment Vessels 28 28 34 34 06 08 10 12
JHSV - Joint High Speed Combat Transports 00 00 02 05 00 00 00 00
TOTALS 1997, 2009, 2013, 2015 353 291 308 313 101 192 258 284
RELATIVE GROWTH 1997-2009, & 2009-2015 -21.31% 5.84% 7.56% 190.10% 134.38% 147.92%
RELATIVE OVERALL NUMBERS COMPARED 349.50% 151.56% 119.38% 110.21% 28.61% 65.98% 83.77% 90.73%

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Note 1: Amphib vessels down to the LCU 2000 (US) and the Type 79 II Yuhai (PLAN) are included.
Note 2: Jeff Head has maintained the Rising Sea Dragon site for 12 years. Anything you helps offset hosting & bandwidth costs and is greatly appreciated.

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," which 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:

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: 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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