Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces

Chinese PLA ground forces

Following is the list of PLA ground forces divided among five different Theater Commands. Some of these TCs command a few independent brigades, divisions and even regiments in addition to regular Combined Arms Brigades. The data is collected from multiple sources which will be presented in the last post of this series.

In addition to regular PLA Army units, there are a few Border Defence Regiment units which usually form the first line of defence on borders during peacetime. They are lightly armed and meant for border patrols, marine patrols, reconnaissance, law & order, guard duty etc. Central TC has no such BDRs assigned to it.

There are a few units in the post text which are not marked in the map below. Some of them are very new units about which little information is available and some are missing due to confusion after reorganisation. Additionally, some data like MUCD and weapons is not provided here due to formatting issues. Remaining data is incomplete but as accurate as it can be at the time of writing (March 2021) and I’ll be adding updates and improving formatting or perhaps create a e-book to present all that data.

PLA theater commands map
IMAGE 1: PLA theater commands map. (Wikimedia)

WESTERN THEATER COMMAND

This TC has two Group Armies 76th and 77th, 2 Military Regions, Tibet & Xinjiang, a large number of independent units and Border Defence Regiments. It is responsible for border security with India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Area of responsibility includes Sichuan, Tibet, Aksai Chin, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Chongqing. It has two Group Armies, two Military Regions plus a number of independent support units and Border Defence Brigades.

UNIT

LOCATION

REMARKS

WESTERN THEATER COMMAND.

Nanchang Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou City

Major focus on India. This seems to be the only TC which still retains some divisions. 2 to 2.35 lakh troops from border defence units and regular army. 5-6 CBAs deployed in Depsang, Galwan, Hot Spring, Pangong Tso, Demchok and Chumar sectors. Tibet Military Region (TMR) comes under PLA’s Ground Forces Command instead of Western TC

SUPPORT BRIGADES

6th Intelligence Reconnaissance Brigade

Urumqi, Xinjiang

Former Technical Reconnaissance Bureau of Xinjiang MR

6th Information Support Brigade

Urumqi, Xinjiang

Former Xinjiang MR 1st & 2nd Surveying and Mapping Brigade

3rd Intelligence Reconnaissance Brigade

Maiji District, Tianshui City, Gansu

Former 1st Reconnaissance Bureau of Lanzhou MR + 61st Division Reconnaissance Battalion of Former 21st Army

3rd Information Assurance/Support Brigade??

Yuzhong County, Lanzhou, Gansu

3r Electronic Counter Measures Brigade

Chengguan Town, Yongdeng County, Lanzhou City, Gansu

TABLE 1: Western Theater Command plus some support units
76th Group Army training in Gobi desert
76th Group Army training in Gobi desert

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

76th Group Army

59 Bayi Road, Chengdong District, Xining City

Former 21st Group Army

12th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade.

Dongba Village, Suzhou District, Jiuquan City, Gansu Province

Former 12th Armoured Brigade

17th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade.

Pingjibao, Xixia District, Yinchuan City

13th Group Army Armour Brigade??

56th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

South Yanqiao Road, Golmud City

Former 56th Motorised Infantry Brigade, 47th Group Army of the Lanzhou Military Region

62nd Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Shuangyong Road, Jiayuguan City, Gansu Province

2

149th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Liqiao Village, Litong District, Wuzhong City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

From former 149th Motorised Infantry Division

182nd Light Combined Arms Brigade

Chiyu Road, Tianshui County, Qinzhou District, Tianshui City, Gansu Province

From former 61st Division of 13th GA Hammer?

Old HQ?

12th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

76th Artillery Brigade.

Yingshui Bridge, Shapotou District, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Former 47th Artillery Brigade

76th Air Defence Brigade.

80 Qianheyan Road, Linxia City, Gansu Province

Former 21st AA Brigade

76th Special Operations Brigade

Jiefang Street, Qingtongxia City, Wuzhong City, Ningxia Hui

Former 184th Regiment, 62nd Division of 21st Army

Tiger brigade?

76th Engineer Brigade

76th Army Aviation Brigade

Gonghe Town, Pingchuan District, Baiyin City, Gansu Province

Former 21st GA Aviation Brigade

76th Engineering Brigade

76th Chemical Defence Brigade

Xiaodongmen, Lintao County, Dingxi City, Gansu

76th Army Hospital

TABLE 2: 76th Group Army, Western Theater Command
39th Combined Arms Brigade, 77th Group Army, Western Theater Command
IMAGE 3: Troops of 39th Combined Arms Brigade of 77th Group Army, Western Theater Command in a military exercise. (china-defense.blogspot.com)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

77th Group Army

No. 1, Yongjun Road, Chongzhou City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

139th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Jiuligeng, Sichuan Province

Former 139th Brigade of 47th GA

181st Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Tonggao Village, Qianwei County, Leshan City, Sichuan

39th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

238 Bitong Road, Bishan District, Chongqing City

LX31

40th Mountain Combined Arms Brigade

Junmin Road, Junmin Road, Jiangjin District, Chongqing

Former 13th Brigade of Chengdu MR

Location not clear

55th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Deyang Village, Duilung Deqing County, Lhasa City

Former 55th Motorised Infantry Brigade of 47th GA

150th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Xianger Town, Dongpo District, Meishan City, Sichuan Province

From former 149th Motorised Infantry Division

181st Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Tonggao Village, Qianwei County, Leshan City, Sichuan

77th Army Aviation Brigade – Feng Huang Shan

Chengdu, Feng Huang Shan

77th Army Aviation Brigade – Taipingsi

Chengdu, Taipingsi

77th Army Aviation Brigade Det. – Nyingzhi

Nyingzhi

77th Special Operations Brigade

Jiuligeng, Shifang City, Deyang City

Cheetah

77th Artillery Brigade

Jinjiang Township, Chongzhou City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

Location unclear

77th Air Defence Brigade

Jiepai Town, Anzhou District, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province

77th Service Support Brigade

77th Engineering Chemical Prevention

Qianjin Middle Road, Jiangyang District, Luzhou City, Sichuan

3rd Intelligence & Reconnaissance Brigade

Wujiaya Village, Maiji District, Tianshui City, Gansu

Information and Communication Brigade

Majiasi Village, Lianda Township, Yuzhong County, Lanzhou City, Gansu

77th Hospital

Jiajiang, Sichuan

TABLE 3: 77th Group Army, Western Theater Command
IMAGE 4: Xinjiang Military Region Special forces training
IMAGE 4: Xinjiang Military Region Special forces training

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

XINJIANG MILITARY REGION

Urumqi

4th Motorised Infantry Division

Kuqa County, Aksu Prefecture

Deployed in Depsang

11th Motorised Infantry Regiment

Qianjin Road, Aksu City, Aksu District, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Deployed in Depsang

12th Motorised Infantry Regiment

Bayingolin, Luntai

Armoured Regiment 4th Div “Tiger”

Hejing, Bayingoleng, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Anti Tank Regiment 4th Div

Artillery Regiment 4th Div

Shuangyong Road, Baicheng County, Aksu District, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Air Defence Regiment 4th Div

Kucha County, Aksu Prefecture

Special Operations Brigade, 4th Div

??

Indpendent Armoured Brigade?? 4th Div

6th Highland Mechanised Infantry Division

Xincheng Road, Shache County, Kashgar, Xinjiang

Company sized Div HQ with EW, CBRN battalions, AD platoon

& guard company

351 ZBD-04A ICV (4 per regiment)

7th Mechanised Infantry Regiment

4 battalions

18th Mechanised Infantry Regiment

9 Kuonabaza Road, Shule County, Kashgar

21st Armoured Regiment

Ye cheng xian

Field Artillery Regiment, 6th Div

No.11 Wenhua Road, Shule County, Kashgar Prefecture

Aviation Regiment, 6th Div

Air Defence Regiment, 6th Div

Renmin Road, Shache County, Kashgar District, Xinjiang

Reconnaissance Battalion, 6th Div

CBRN Defence Battalion

Infantry Company & AD Platoon for HQ security, 6th Div

EW Battalion, 6th Div

Combat Engineer Battalion, 6th Div

Army Aviation Brigade, 6th Div

Xinjiang Special Operations Brigade

Kashgar Engineer Regiment

South Xinjiang Communications Regiment

1st Independent Regiment

146 Wuxing North Road, Shuimogou District, Urumqi, Xinjiang

2nd Independent Regiment

6th Intelligence & Recon Brigade

Dabancheng District, Urumqi, Xinjiang

Approximate location

6th Information Assurance Brigade?

6th EW Brigade

Beijing North Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi, Xinjiang

11th Comprehensive Training Base

East Ring Road, Korla

2nd Artillery Brigade

7th Armed Police Division

63rd Armed Police Division

8th Motorised Infantry Division

27 Beijing East Road, Wusu City, Tacheng Region, Xinjiang

Tacheng Wusu, Xinjiang

Has female crews for ZTZ88A, 2nd Tank Company,

Regiments 2800 troops each

12th Border Defence Regiment (Tawang)?

13th Border Defence Regiment?

22nd Motorised Infantry Regiment

Shaoshan Road, Dushanzi District, Karamay City, Xinjiang

24th Motorised Infantry Regiment

Yinyan Road, Shihezi City, Xinjiang

162nd Artillery Regiment or Brigade?

Jinshan Road, Shawan County, Tacheng District, Xinjiang

Highland Artillery Regiment -8th?

Beijing West Road, Kuitun City

Armored Regiment

Shihezi, Xinjiang

44°19’57.41 86° 2’5.46

Special Operations Brigade??

Xinjiang?

11th Motorised Infantry Division

Beijing South Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang

13000 troops.

Special Operations Brigade,

Artillery Brigade

3-4 infantry brigades

maneuver unit

31st Infantry Regiment

Wuqi Road, Jimsar County, Changji Hui, Xinjiang

32nd Infantry Regiment

Gaochang, Turpan City, Xinjiang

Approximate location

4th Coy of 2nd Bt is Gannan Suppression Hero Coy?

3rd Bat is 3rd Steel Battalion

Air Defence Regiment -11th

Fukang, Changji Hui, Xinjiang

Artillery Regiment or Brigade -11th?

39 Beiwan Street, Tianshan District, Urumqi, Xinjiang

Armoured Regiment -11th?

Shuimogou Road, Anping , Urumqi, Wulabo

84th Artillery Brigade?

Xishan Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang

? Former 2nd Artillery Brigade?

84th Air Defence Brigade

Wenquan West Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang

Former 13th Air Defence Brigade?

Location of this might be same as 84th Artillry above

84th Army Aviation Brigade

Maoge’an Village, Changji City, Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang

84th Special Operations Brigade

Yingbin Avenue, Kashgar

Engineering brigade/battalion-11th?

Bogda Road, Tianshan District, Urumqi, Xinjiang

Approximate location

11th artillery storage?

Xinjiang Border Defence Regiments

361st Border Defence Regiment

Shiquanhe, Gar County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet

Former Xinjiang MR Ali Army Division Border Defence 14th Regiment

and Zada ​​Border Defence Battalion

362nd Border Defence Regiment

Rutog County, Ngari. Tibet

Approximate location

Former Xinjiang MR Ali Army Division Border Defence 14th Regiment

and Kan Frontier Defence Battalion.

Deployed at Pagong Tso, Banmozhang and Spangur 33°46’9.91″N 79° 4’18.56″E

363rd Border Defence Regiment

Ayikule River Beach, Zepu County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Holds Shenxianwan Post at 5382m, highest in PLA, Karakoram steel post

364th Border Defence Regiment

Tashkorgan, Akta County, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Former 12th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR.

Deployed near PoK border with Tibet

365th Border Defence Regiment

Azihan Road, Atushi City, Xinjiang Wuqia

Former 11th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR.

366th Border Defence Regiment

Aksu, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Former 10th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR.

367th Border Defence Regiment

Yili, Zhaosu, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Former 9th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR.

368th Border Defence Regiment?

Huocheng Hui, Yuan County

Former 8th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR?

369th Border Defence Regiment

Hongxing Road, Bole City, Bortala, Xinjiang

Former 7th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

370th Border Defence Regiment

Kapuqike, Tuoli County

Former 6th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

371st Border Defence Regiment

Emin, Tacheng, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Former 5th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

372nd Border Defence Regiment

Yingbin Road, Fuyun County, Altay District, Xinjiang

Approximate location

Former 4th Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

373rd Border Defence Regiment

Tuanjie South Road, Habahe County, Altay District, Xinjiang

Former 3rd Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

374th Border Defence Regiment

Qitai, Changji, Xinjiang

Approximate locatio

nFormer 2nd Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

375th Border Defence Regiment

Hami Barkol, Xinjiang

Former 1st Regiment of the Border Defence of

Kashgar Army Division of Xinjiang MR

TABLE4: Xinjiang Military Region, Western Theater Command
IMAGE 5: Military exercise by troops belonging to Tibet Military Region, Western Theater Command. (chinamil.com.cn)
IMAGE 5: Military exercise by troops belonging to Tibet Military Region, Western Theater Command. (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

TIBET MILITARY REGION

4, Jiangsu Road, Lhasa

Three military sub-districts: Shannon; Xigaze; and Nyingchi.

52nd Mountain Combined Arms Brigade

69 Shuangyong North Road, Bayi District, Linzhi City, Tibet

former 52nd Mountain Motorised Infantry Brigade

Inf Bt: 700 Troops. Art Reg: 1100 troops.

Artillery regiment , 52nd CAB

Nixi, Bayi village, Linzhi County

1st Infantry Battalion

Bujiu village, Linzhi County

2nd Infantry Battalion.

Yongjiu village, Linzhi County

3rd Infantry Battalion

Yongjiu village, Linzhi County

unclear

4th Infantry Battalion.

Bujiuxiang

unclear

53rd Mountains Combined Arms Brigade

Zedang Town, Nedong County, Shannan Region, Tibet

Former 53rd Motorised Infantry Brigade.

Art Reg: 1100 troops

Inf Bt: 700 Troops

Approximate Location

Artillery regiment.

Jiage village, Linzhi City, Milin County

1st Infantry Battalion.

Wolongzhen

2nd Infantry Battalion.

Ganggacun

3rd Infantry Battalion.

Bangzhongcun

Approximate Location, multiple villages by same name

4th Infantry Battalion.

Wolong, Mainling

Approximate Location, multiple places by same name

54th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Dongga Bridge, Duilungdeqing County, Lhasa City, Tibet

Former 54th Mechanised Infantry Brigade

Artillery Regiment

3 Mechanised Infantry Battalions

Medium Tank Battalion

Engineer & Chemical Warfare Battalion

85th Special Operations Brigade

No. 6, Luding Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

Former Special Operations Division.

85th Army Aviation Brigade

Lang Jiesikang, Xizang

85th Artillery Brigade

1 Cijiaolin Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

85th Air Defence Brigade

Nagu, Lhasa

or

Luding North Road, Lhasa

29°40’28.85 91°19’8.78

or

29°40’47.57″N 91° 4’58.67″E

Former 65th Air Defence Division

85th Engineer and Chemical Brigade

Jinzhu West Road, Chengguan District

Former 15th Engineering Brigade

?? Communications Unit

7th Electronic Counter Measures Brigade

Caigongtang, Chengguan

Probable location

Comms Unit?

Luding South Road, Duilungdeqing County, Lhasa, Tibet

Tibet Border Defence Regiments

3 battalions with 3 companies each + Regimental HQ Unit

351st Border Defence Regiment

Yanjiang Road, Chayu County, Linzhi City, Tibet

Former 4th Regiment of the Frontier Defence of Tibet MR,

352nd Border Defence Regiment

Daze Road, Bayi District, Nyingchi District

Former Bomi Production Battalion of Tibet MR + 3rd Medog Ind batt

353rd Border Defence Regiment

Nanyi, Milin County, Nyingchi City, Tibet

Former 7th Regiment of the Frontier Defence of Tibet MR.

354th Border Defence Regiment

Xiegu, Longzi County, Shannan Region, Tibet

Former 1st Regiment of the Frontier Defence of Tibet MR

355th Border Defence Regiment

Cona , Shannan City

Former 2nd Regiment of the Frontier Defence of Tibet MR.

356th Border Defence Regiment

Xigaze Yadong county

357th Border Defence Regiment

Jiangga Town, Dingjie, Xigaze

Former 3rd Regiment of the Frontier Defence of Tibet

358th Border Defence Regiment

Xigaze Saga, Zhongba County, Geelong County, Tibet

38th Mobile Police Division

Lhoka/Shannan

41st Mobile Police Division

Lhoka/Shannan

1st Border Defence Regiment.

Shannan City, Longzi County

2800 troops

2nd Border Defence Regiment.

Shannan City, Cuona County

2800 troops

3rd Border Defence Regiment.

Shigatse City, Tingri County

2800 troops

4th Border Defence Regiment.

Chayu, Linzhi

2800 troops

5th Border Defence Regiment.

Shigatse City, Saga County

2800 troops

6th Border Defence Regiment.

Shigatse City, Yadong County

2800 troops

9th Border Defence Regiment ??

??

??

1st Independent Infantry Battalion.

Shigatse City , Gyantse County

700 troops.

2nd Independent Infantry Battalion.

Shigatse City, Gangba County

700 troops.

3rd Independent Infantry Battalion.

Beibeng village, Linzhi City, Medog County

700 troops.

Medog Garrison, Mofan Battalion.

Medog County

Milin 4th Independentp Infantry Battalion.

Nanyi Township, Linzhi City, Milin County

700 troops.

Luoza County 5th Independent Infantry Battalion.

Shannan City, Luoza County

700 troops.

308th Artillery Brigade

Linzhi, Tibet

PCL181 155mm truck mounted howitzers

3 Mechanised Infantry Battalions?

Tank Battalion?

Chemical Warfare Battalion?

651st Independent AAA Brigade

Bayi, Nyingchi

1 Regiment MRSAM

1 Regiment VSHORAD

1 Regiment FM-90

Composite AA Battalion

1 Regiment HQ-12??

2nd Artillery Brigade

TABLE 5: Tibet Military Region, Western Theater Command

NORTHERN THEATER COMMAND

It has 3 Group Armies, an uncertain number of support brigades and a large number of Border & Coastal Defence brigades/

UNIT

LOCATION

REMARKS

NORTHERN THEATER COMMAND.

Tower Bay Street,

Shenhe District, Shenyang, Liaoning

4th Reconnaissance Intelligence Brigade

Junmin Road, Yanji City, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province

4th Information Support Brigade

Qilihe Road, Licheng District, Jinan City, Shandong Province

4th Electronic Countermeasures Brigade

7th Comprehensive Training Base?

Longshan Road, Dalian City

8th Comprehensive Training Base?

Yongjun Road, Huaiyin District, Jinan City, Shandong Province

TABLE 6: Some miscellaneous units of Northern Theater Command

78th Group Army, Northern Theater Command
IMAGE 6: 78th Group Army, Northern Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

78th Group Army

Baqiangzitun, Xiangfang District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang

Former 16th Group Army

204th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Former 16th army 204th brigadeShenyang Military Region,

78th Special Operations Brigade

Yangming District, Mudanjiang City

Blood Wolf. Formerly Special Operations Brigade of 16th GA)

8th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Sunjiatun, Xiangfang District, Harbin

Former 8th Armored Brigade Jinan Military Region’s 26th Group Army

48th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Zhangjia Village, Dongchang District, Tonghua City, Jilin

Former 48th brigade, 16th army of Shenyang Military region,

68th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province,

Former 68th Brigade of Motorized Infantry of the 16th Army of Shenyang Military Region

115th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Chenger Village, Ranghu Road District, Daqing City, Heilongjiang

202nd Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Siping

Fromer 202nd brigade, Shenyang Military Region, 39 group army

78th Army Aviation Brigade

Taobei District, Baicheng

Former 115th Mechanized Infantry Division , 39th Army of the Shenyang Military Region

78th Artillery Brigade

Siping City, Jilin Province

78th Air Defence Brigade

78th Chemical Engineering Brigade

Changchun Road, Chuanying District, Jilin City

78th Sustainment/Logistics? Brigade

78th Group Army Hospital

Tianqing Street, Aimin District, Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang

TABLE 7: 78th Group Army Northern Theater Command
IMAGE 7: 79th Group Army, Northern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)
IMAGE 7: 79th Group Army, Northern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

79th Group Army

Baita District, Liaoyang City

Former 39th Group Army

79th Army Aviation Brigade

79th Air Defence Brigade

79th Artillery Brigade

79th Chemical Engineering Brigade

79th Special Operations Brigade??

Jinbei Village, Lalatun Village, Yixian County, Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province

79th Supply Brigade

46th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Yongjun Street, Wafangdian City, Dalian Pulandian District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Former 136th Regiment of the 46th Division of the 16th Army, Shenyang Military Region

116th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Beidaying, Haicheng City, Anshan City, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province

119th Light Combined Arms Brigade

190th Light Combined Army Brigade

Wulongbei town, Zhen’an District

200th Medium COmbined Arms Brigade

TABLE 8: 79th Group Army Northern Theater Command

IMAGE 8: 80th Group Army, Northern Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

80th Group Army

Xueyuan Street, Kuiwen District, Weifang City, Shandong Province

Former 26th Group Army

80th Army Aviation Brigade

Zhuzhuang, Dongchangfu District, Liaocheng City

80th Air Defence Brigade

Xinzhouzhuang Village, Changqing District, Jinan City, Shandong Province

80th Engineering Brigade

Houjiatuan Village, Laiyang City, Yantai City, Shandong Province

80th Artillery Brigade

Fu Town, Weicheng District, Weifang City, Shandong Province

80th Special Operations Brigade

Tianping Street, Daiyue District, Tai’an City, Shandong Province

Eagle

80th Support Brigade

Shanbeitou Village, Fangzi District, Weifang City

47th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Jianbu Village, Zouping County, Binzhou City

69th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Gongjian Road, Weicheng District, Weifang City, Shandong Province

Part of 16th Group Army of the Shenyang Military Region

The 69th Division of Motorized Infantry (Unit 65426 Harbin, Heilongjiang)

118th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Batazi Village, Yi County, Jinzhou City

Former 118th Brigade of Motorized Infantry (Unit 65651//Yi County, Jinzhou, Liaoning

138th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Junmin Road, Chengxiang Street, Laiyang City

203rd Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Shanxi, Yingkou City

80 Group Army Hospital

Beigong West Street, Weifang City, Shandong Province

TABLE 9: 80th Group Army Northern Theater Command

UNIT

LOCATION

REMARKS

321st Border Defence Brigade

Alxa, Inner Mongolia

Former Inner Mongolia MR 1st Regiment Bayannaoer Border Defence + Ejina 4 Regiment

Mongolia Border

322nd Border Defence Brigade

Donghe District, Baotou City, Inner Mongolia

Former Inner Mongolia MR Baotou Border Defense 5th Regiment + Ulanchabu Border Defence 6th Regiment + Xilin Gol Border Defence 7th regiment

Mongolia Border

323rd Border Defence Brigade

Dongwu Banner or Abaga, Inner Mongolia

Mongolia Border

324th Border Defence Brigade

Hulunbuir City or Aershan, Xing’an League, Inner Mongolia

Former Inner Mongolia MR Border Defense 8th & 9th Regiments

325th Border Defence Brigade

Aershan City, Xing’an League?

Mongolia Border

326th Border Defence Brigade

Xingfu, Aihui District

Former Heilongjiang Provincial MR Border Defence 7th, 8th & 9th Regiments

Russia Border

327th Border Defence Brigade

Luobei County, Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang

Former Heilongjiang Provincial MR Border Defence 4th, 5th & 6th Regiments

Russia Border

328th Border Defence Brigade

Jidong County, Jixi City, Heilongjiang

Former Heilongjiang Provincial MR Border Defence 1st, 2nd & 3rd Regiments

Russia Border

329th Border Defence Brigade

Hunchun City, Yanbian Prefecture, Jilin

Former Jilin Province Army. Border Defence Division 2nd & 3rd Regiments

Russia Border

330th Border Defence Brigade

Changbai County, Baishan City, Jilin

North Korea border

331st Border Defence Brigade

Langtou Town, Kuandian County, Dandong City, Liaoning

North Korea border

332nd Coastal Defence Brigade

Dalian Changhai, Liaoning

Formerl Liaoning Provincial MR Foreign Changshan Fortress Coast Defense Regiment + shipping brigade

333rd Coastal Defence Brigade

Yantai, Shandong

Former Changshan Fortress District + Yantai Security District

1st Patrol Boat Brigade?

Heishantou Town, Hulunbuir City

Mongolia Border

2nd Patrol Boat Brigade?

Heihe City, Heilongjiang

Sub-regiment level.

Former 2nd Patrol Boat Brigade of the Heilongjiang MR

Russia Border

3rd Patrol Boat Brigade?

Jiamusi, Heilongjiang

Sub-regiment level with 327th BDR?

Russia Border

4th Patrol Boat Brigade?

Sub-regiment level with 328th BDR?

5th Patrol Boat Brigade?

Sub-regiment level with 331st BDR?

6th Patrol Boat Brigade?

Dalian Heizuizi, Liaoning

Sub-regiment level with 332nd BDR?

7th Patrol Boat Brigade?

Jiaodong, Shandong

Sub-regiment level with 333rd BDR?

Coastal Defense Brigade:s

332nd Coastal Defense Brigade

Liaoning

333th Coastal Defense Brigade

Liaoning

334th Coastal Defense Brigade

Shangdong

335th Coastal Defense Brigade

Shangdong

TABLE 10: Northern Theater Command Border Defense Brigades

SOUTHERN THEATER COMMAND

This is one of smaller Theater Command armies with just 2 Group Armies, a small number of independent units and border defence brigades. PLA probably expects Navy and Marines to operate in this theater.

IMAGE 9: Chemical Defence battalion troops, Southern Theater Command
IMAGE 9: Chemical Defence battalion troops, Southern Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

SOUTHERN THEATER COMMAND

Dalu Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong

1. Rocket Force’s 61 Base (Formerly 51 Base) is one of biggest bases for conventional missiles, most or all of which will be assigned to Eastern TC. But control of nuclear missiles will remain under direct control of CMC.

2. It will support Eastern TC in Taiwan theater

?? Intelligence & Reconnaissance Brigade

Xiashan, Gangbei District, Guigang

?? Information Support/Cyber Brigade

Qinglongling, Fusui County, Chongzuo City, Guangxi Zhuang

Approximate location

ECM Brigade

Xinhua, Guangzhou City, Guangdong

Approximate location

?? Artillery Brigade

Zhongkai Avenue, Huizhou

Approximate location

4th Comprehensive Training Base

Shapu, Liucheng County, Liuzhou

Approximate location

Tactical training base

3rd Comprehensive Training Base

Jiutang, Huadu District, Guangzhou

Approximate location

TABLE 11: Southern Theater Command and miscellaneous units
 74th Group Army, Southern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)
IMAGE 10: 74th Group Army, Southern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

74th Group Army

Huangtang Road, Huicheng, Huizhou

Former 41st Group Army

Approximate Location

1st Amphibious Combined Arms Brigade

Changning, Boluo, Huizhou

From 124th Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division, 42nd Group Army

16th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

No. 71, Yongjun Road, Huadu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Units from former 9th Armoured Brigade,

125th Amphibious Combined Arms Brigade

Jianhui Road, Longhua District, Huangjiang

Former 124th Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division, 42nd Group Army

132nd Light Combined Arms Brigade

Shuangyong Road 560, Tunchang County, Hainan Province

154th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Maba Avenue Middle, Qujiang District, Shaoguan

Former 369th Regiment of the 123rd Division

163rd Light Combined Arms Brigade??

101 Luofu Avenue, Changning Town, Boluo County, Huizhou City

Former 487th Regiment of 163rd Div, 42nd GA of Guangzhou MR

74th Artillery Brigade.

Maba, Qujiang District, Shaoguan City, Guangdong

Approximate location?

74th Air Defence Brigade

Chaozhou, Guangdong

Approximate location?

74th Joint Logistics Support Brigade??

Approximate location?

74th Army Aviation Brigade

Sanshui, Daliao

74th Engineering & Chemical Defence Brigade

Louxia, Huiyang, Huizhou, Guangdong

Former 42nd Group Military Engineering Corps &

Chemical Defense Regiment of Guangzhou MR

74th Chemical Defence

Pinghu Street, Longgang District, Shenzhen

74th Special Operations Brigade

Liantang, Sanjiao, Lianping, Heyuan

Sword

74th GA Hospital

No. 468, Xingang Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou

TABLE 12: 74th Group Army, Southern Theater Command
 PHL-03 300mm rocket unit of 75th Group Army, Southern Theater Command.jpg
IMAGE 11: PHL-03 300mm rocket unit of 75th Group Army, Southern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

75th Group Army

75, Jinbi Road, Xishan District, Kunming

Former 42nd Group Army

18th Combined Arms Brigade??

Formerly 18th Armoured Brigade of 14th GA??

31st Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Fuxing Road, Dali Ancient City, Dali

32nd Mountain Combined Arms Brigade

Century Road, Linxiang District, Lincang City, Yunnan

Approximate location

37th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Dongfeng Road, Kaiyuan City, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan

Approximate location

37th Division of 13th GA of Chengdu MR

42nd Light Combined Arms Brigade

122nd Medium Combined Arms Brigade

46 Shijinglin Road, Chongzuo City

123rd Heavy Combined Arms Brigade. Amphibious

Gangbei District, Guigang, Guangxi

From 369th Mechanized Infantry Regiment,

123rd Heavy Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division,

41st Group Army, Guangzhou Military Region

121st Army Aviation Brigade

Xupu

75th Artillery Brigade

Chongqing, Laifeng

Approximate location

75th Chemical Defence

Xihua Village, Xishan District, Kunming City, Yunnan

75th Air Defence Brigade

Xiaoshiba, Guandu, Kunming

Approximate location

75th Joint Logistics Support Brigade

Longquan Road, Panlong District, Kunming

Approximate location

75th Engineering Brigade

Zaojiao, Hongta District, Yuxi City, Yunnan Province

75th Special Operations Brigade

Xiaoshiba, Guandu District, Kunming

Amphibious?

Approximate location

75th Army Aviation Brigade

Shule, Baren

TABLE 13: 75th Group Army, Southern Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

311st Coastal Defence Brigade

Qi’ao Island, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai City

Near Macau, Hong Kong

312nd Coastal Defence Brigade

Renmin East Road, Danzhou City Hainan

Former 10th, 11th & Provincial Military Artillery Regiments

313th Border Defence Regiment

28 Shuangyong Road, Pingxiang City

Former Guangxi MR Border Defense

3rd, 4th & 5th Regiments

Approximate location

314th Border Defence Regiment

Jianshe Road, Pingbian County, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan

Former Yunnan MR Border Defense

1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Regiments.

Vietnam border

Approximate location

315th Border Defence Regiment

64 Shuangyong Road, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan

Former Yunnan MR Border Defense MR 8th & 9th Regiments

Laos and/or Myanmar Borders

316th Border Defence Regiment

Gongyuan Road, Lincang City, Yunnan

Former Yunnan MR Border Defense MR 10th & 11 Regiments

Myanmar Border

317th Border Defence Regiment

Jianfeng Road, Mangshi, Yunnan

Former Yunnan MR Border Defense MR 12th Regiment

+ Independent Battalion of the Nujiang Army Division

Myanmar Border

TABLE 14: Border Defence Regiments, Southern Theater Command

EASTERN THEATER COMMAND

Focussed on Taiwan, this Theater Command has 3 Group Armiesplus a small number of Border Defence Brigades and independent units.

Tanks belonging to Eastern Theater Command being transported on railways
IMAGE 12: Tanks belonging to Eastern Theater Command being transported on railways

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

EASTERN THEATER COMMAND.

Nanjing, Jiangsu, Huangpu Road

Rocket Force’s 61 Base (Formerly 51 Base) is one of biggest bases for conventional missiles,

most or all of which will be assigned to Eastern TC. But control of nuclear missiles will remain under direct control of CMC.

East Fleet Commander will serve as deputy theater commander and commander of all naval forces in Eastern TC.

1st ECM Brigade

Chengyang Road, Jiangyin, Jiangsu

Approximate location

Rocket/Artillery ??

Wuxi , Jiangsu

Approximate location

1st Comprehensive Training Base

Jurong, Zhenjiang

Approximate location

Tactical Training Base

Sanjie Town, Mingguang City, Anhui

Approximate location

TABLE 15: Eastern Theater Command and some miscellaneous units
Night firing exercises by rocket artillery belonging to 71st Group Army, Eastern Theater Command
IMAGE 14: Night firing exercises by rocket artillery belonging to 71st Group Army, Eastern Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

71st Group Army

Heping Road, Yunlong District, Xuzhou

Former 12th Group Army

2nd Combined Arms Brigade

No. 117, Tongshan Road, Yunlong District, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province

35th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Fushan Village, Jiawang, Xuzhou, Jiangsu

Approximate location

160th Combined Arms Brigade

Huangshu Road, Xinyi City, Jiangsu Province

Fromer 35th Brigade, 12th GA

Approximate location

178th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

No. 16, Huangshu Road, Xinyi City, Jiangsu Province

Former 34th motorised Infantry brigade, 1st GA of NAnjing MR

179th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Baishui Bridge, Qixia District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

235th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Fengle Avenue, Langya District, Chuzhou City, Anhui Province

Communications Unit?

Sihong, Jiangsu

Approximate location

71st Army Aviation Brigade

Changjiang West Road, Sihong County, Jiangsu

71st Artillery Brigade

Moling Street, Fangshan, Nanjing, Jiangsu

Approximate location

71st Engineering & Chemical Defence Brigade

no. 9 Zhihuai Road, Longzihu District, Bengbu City, Anhui Province

71st Air Defence Brigade

Mianhuazhuang Town, Huaiyin District, Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province

江蘇省淮安市淮陰區棉花庄镇

Former 12th Military Engineering Corps &

Chemical Defense Regiment of Nanjing MR

71st Special Combat Brigade

No. 168 Tanxin Road, Xinyi City, Jiangsu Province

Sea Shark. Amphibious

TABLE 16: 71st Group Army, Eastern Theater Command
Type-96 MBT belonging to 72nd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command
IMAGE 14: Type-96 MBT belonging to 72nd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

72nd Group Army

Yongjun Road, Wuxing District, Huzhou City, Zhejiang

Former 1st Group Army

5th Combined Arms Brigade

Zhongcun, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Amphibious?

10th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Guangfu Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou City

Former 38th armoured regiment of Nanjing MR

34th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Jurong City, Zhenjiang

Approximate location

Formerly 86th Mechanised Infantry Brigade of 12th GA

85th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Jingyang Town, Fuqing City

90th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Huancheng West Road, Wucheng District, Jinhua City

Approximate location

273rd Reg of 91st Div, 31st GA of Nanjing MR

124th Combined Arms Brigade

Zhongcun, Xihu.

Amphibious?

Amphibious Armoured Unit?

Zhejiang

Amphibious?

Former 1stDivision of 1st GA of Nanjing MR

??

Zhuantang Town, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Nakamura

Red Army Helong Regiment Flood Rescue Model Regiment Former 715 Regiment

72nd Artillery Brigade

Longhai City, Zhangzhou, Fujian

Approximate location

72nd Air Defence Brigade

Shitougang Village, Dantu District, Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province

72nd Army Aviation Brigade

Jiangning District, Nanjing, Jiangsu

72nd Special Operations Brigade

Hutai Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai

72nd Engineering Brigade

Panshan, Huangmei Town, Jurong City, Jiangsu Province

Approximate location

72 Group Army Hospital

Chezhan Road, Wuxing District, Huzhou City, Zhejiang

Approximate location

TABLE 17: 72nd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command
IMAGE 15: Maintenance on Type-96 MBTs of 73rd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)
IMAGE 15: Maintenance on Type-96 MBTs of 73rd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command (chinamil.com.cn)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

73rd Group Army

Bantou, Jimei District, Xiamen

Former 31st Group Army

3rd Light Combined Arms Brigade

Meiyun Road, Tong’an District, Xiamen

Former 3rd Motorised Infantry Brigade of 31st GA

14th Combined Arms Brigade

Jianshe North Road, Wu’an Town, Changtai County, Zhangzhou

Amphibious?

Former 14th Amphibious Armoured Brigade of 31st GA

86th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Danyang Town, Lianjiang County, Fuzhou

Former 86th Motorised Division

91st Combined Arms Brigade

Guangming Mountain, Longhai City, Zhangzhou City, Fujian

Amphibious. Former 91st Motorized Infantry Division of 31st GA

92nd Medium Combined Arms Brigade

East Village, New Town, Nan’an City,, Honglai

Approximate location

163rd Light? Combined Arms Brigade

73rd Artillery Brigade

Yingqian, Changle, Fujian Province

Former Artillery Regiment of Nanjing MR

73rd Air Aviation Brigade

Luocheng, Huian

73rd Special Operations Brigade

No. 22, Meishan Village, Luocheng, Hui’an County, Quanzhou

Flying Dragon

73rd Air Defence Brigade

Beichenshan Road, Wuxian, Tongan

Approximate location

Has S-300PMU-2?

73rd Engineering Brigade

Hushan, Longhai City, Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province

73rd Air Defence Brigade

Beichenshan Road, Wuxian Town, Tongan District

73rd Military Hospital

94-96 Wenyuan Road, Xiamen City

73rd Support & Logistics?

Guankou Avenue, Guankou Town, Jimei District, Xiamen

TABLE 18: 73rd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command

CENTRAL THEATER COMMAND

This Theater Command doesn’t operate on any international land borders, but still commands 3 Group Armies and 2-3 independent units. There is not much information available about the latter after reforms of 2017

SAM firing exercise, Central Theater Command
IMAGE 16: SAM firing exercise, Central Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

CENTRAL THEATER COMMAND

Shijingshan Badachu, Beijing

Central TC Army HQ

Zhongshan West Road, Qiaoxi District, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei

3rd (I) Combined Arms Brigade

Former 3rd Motorised Infantry Brigade of 1st GA

112nd (I) Mechanised Infantry Division

Formerly with 1st GA

32nd Brigade Bridge??

TABLE 19: Central Theater Command & some miscellaneous units
IMAGE 17: Soldiers from an amphibious special operations unit, 71st Group Army, Central Theater Command
IMAGE 17: Soldiers from an amphibious special operations unit, 71st Group Army, Central Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

81st Group Army

Zhangjiakou, Hebei

Former 65th Group Army

7th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

No. 12 Junmin Road, Datong City, Shanxi

Former 7th Armoured Brigade

LX31

70th Light Combined Arms Brigade

Shiziyuan Village, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei

Maneuver unit

Former part of 70th Brigade, 65th GA, Beijing MR

189th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Tianjin, Wuqingyang

From Former 6th Armored Division

194th Combined Arms Brigade

Cangshangtun Village, Jizhou District, Tianjin

Former 194th Brigade of 65th GA, Beijing MR

195th Heavy Combined Army Brigade.

Chahan Oboo, , Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia

Former 195th Brigade of 65th GA, Beijing M5

162nd Medium Combined Arms Brigade

No. 12, Jiefang South Road, Xuanhua District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei

81st Air Defence Brigade

Beidaying, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei

81st Engineering Brigade

Xinbao Town, Xiaonan, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, Tianjin

81st Special Operations Brigade

Majunying Village, South Suburb, Datong City, Shanxi Province

81st Artillery Brigade

Shacheng Town, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou

81st Support??

No. 18, Chayu Road, Zhangjiakou City, Huoshiyao,

81st Army Aviation Brigade

Tongxian

81st Army Group Hospital

No. 13 Jianguo Road, Qiaodong District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei

TABLE 20: 81st Group Army, Central Theater Command
A engineering vehicle belonging to 6th Combined Arms Brigade, 82nd Group Army, Central Theater Command
IMAGE 18: A engineering vehicle belonging to 6th Combined Arms Brigade, 82nd Group Army, Central Theater Command (china-defense.blogspot.com)

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

82nd Group Army

Wusi Middle Road, Jingxiu District

(Former 38th Group Army)

6th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Donglizhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping

From Former 6th Armored Division

80th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

No. 9 Cuipingshan Road, Luquan

151st Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Baoding, Jingxiu

Equipment from 139th Brigade

Approximate location

188th Heavy Combined Army Brigade.

Qiyi South Road, Xinzhou City, Shanxi

196th Light Combined Arms Brigade.

Yangcun Street, Wuqing District, Tianjin

Former 196th Motorised Infantry Brigade

127th Medium Combined Arms Brigade.

1859 Wusi Middle Road, Baoding City, Hebei Province

Red Army Division

82nd Special Operations Brigade

82nd Artillery Brigade

Donggao, Pinggu District, Beijing

82nd Air Defence Brigade

Xuefu Road, Xinhua District, Shijiazhuang City

Approximate location

82nd Army Aviation Brigade

82nd Special Operations Brigade

Tianhe North Road, Daxing District, Beijing

82nd Engineer & Chemical Brigade

Shayang Road, Yangfang Town, Changping District, Beijing

Approximate location

82nd Support & Supply Brigade?

Xinzhangtun Village, Mancheng County, Baoding City, Hebei

82nd Group Army Hospital

Baoding City, Hebei

TABLE 21: 82nd Group Army, Central Theater Command

IMAGE 19: 58th Combined Arms Brigade, 83rd Group Army, Central Theater Command
IMAGE 19: 58th Combined Arms Brigade, 83rd Group Army, Central Theater Command

UNIT

SUBORDINATE UNITS

LOCATION

REMARKS

83rd Group Army

Jianshe Road, Muye District, Xinxiang

Former 54th Group Army

Approximate location

11th Heavy Combined Arms Brigade

Bayi Road, Shihe District, Xinyang City, Zhumadian

Fromer 54th Armoured Brigade of Jinan MR

58th Medium Combined Arms Brigade

No. 22, Wenhua Road, Weidu District, Xuchang City, Henan Province

60th Medium Combined Arms Brigade.

Xinfeng Street, Lintong District, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province

Former 60th Brigade, 20th GA of Jinan MR

113th Combined Arms Brigade

Gaozhuang, Luoyang

Former 113th Div, 38th GA of Beijing MR

Approximate location

131st Medium Combined Arms Brigade

Jinshou Road, Linwei District, Weinan City, Shaanxi

Former 380th regiment of 127th Div, 54th GA, Jinan MR

193rd Medium Combined Arms Brigade.

Anzhang Avenue, Beiguan District, Anyang County, Henan

Former 193rd Brigade of 65th GA, Beijing MR

161st Air Assault Brigade

(Former 1st LH Army Aviation)

Xinxiang

83rd Special Operations Brigade

Aimin Road, Queshan County, Henan

83rd Engineering Brigade

Mabu Village, Mengjin County, Luoyang City, Henan

83rd Support Brigade?

No. 24 Renmin West Road, Weibin District, Henan

83rd Air Defence Brigade

Minzhong Road, Jintai District, Baoji City, Shaanxi

83rd Artillery Brigade

Student Road, Jiefang District, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province

Approximate location

83 Group Military Hospital

No. 210 Wenhua Street, Xinxiang City, Henan

TABLE 22: 82nd Group Army, Central Theater Command

AIRBORNE CORPS

IMAGE 20: China Airborne Corps

UNIT

LOCATION

REMARKS

Airborne Corps HQ

Xiaonan District Square Street, Xiaogan City, Hubei

1. Involved in Tiananmen Square massacre

2. Diretcly under PLAAF HQ with Central TC

3. Training base at Zhurihe, Inner Mongolia

4. Former 15th Airborne Corps

3. Fist Battalions for behind enemy lines operations

127th Brigade

Airport North Road, Kaifeng City, Henan Province

128th Brigade

Liusi Village, Gulou District, Kaifeng

130th Brigade

Sanli River, Guangshui City, Suizhou City, Hubei

131st Brigade

Junmin 1st Road, Guangshui City, Suizhou City, Hubei Province

133rd Brigade

Tiandenggang, Xisi Avenue, Huangpi District, Wuhan, Hubei

134th Brigade

Xindian, Huangpi District, Wuhan City, Hubei

Training base?

Thor unit??

Zhuhu, Xiaonan District, Xiaogan City, Hubei Province

Xiaogan airbase

Yingfang Street, Xiaogan

Guangshui airbase

Luhuagangcun Airbase

TABLE 23: PLA Airborne Corps

MARINE CORPS

IMAGE 21: Amphibious light tank ZTD-05 of PLA Marine Corps (navyrecognition.com)
IMAGE 21: Amphibious light tank ZTD-05 of PLA Marine Corps (navyrecognition.com)

UNIT

LOCATION

REMARKS

Marine Corps HQ

Yongchun North Road, Chaozhou

Approximate location

1st Marine Brigade

Chikan, Zhanjiang

1st Marine Battalion

Huguang Town, Zhanjiang

1,2,3 Inf Companies, 1 Machine gun & 1 Artillery companies

2nd Marine Battalion

4,5,6 Inf Companies. 1 Machine gun & 1 Artillery companies

?? Artillery Battalion

3 companies

Air Defence Battalion

Tank Battalion

3 Companies

Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion/Company?

3 diver squadrons

2nd Marine Brigade

Zhanjiang Confluence

1st Marine Battalion

1,2,3 Inf Companies, 1 Machine gun & 1 Artillery companies

2nd Marine Battalion

4,5,6 Inf Companies. 1 Machine gun & 1 Artillery companies

Reconnaissance Company

Pingshi, Huanglue Town, Suixi

Female??

Amphibious Reconnaissance Training?

Pingshi, Huanglue Town, Suixi

3 diver squadrons

Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion/Company?

3rd Marine Brigade

Mantou Mountain, Jiedong District, Jieyang, Guangdong

Approximate location

4th Marine Brigade

Cangbian, Jinjiang, Fujian

Approximate location

5th Marine Brigade

Haiqu West Road, Rizhao City, Shandong

Approximate location

6th Marine Brigade

Yangcun Street, Wuqing District, Tianjin

TABLE 24: PLA Navy Marine Corps

PREVIOUS: Composition Of Ground Forces

INDEX POST

NEXT: Rocket Forces

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *