Guangzhou Military Region Air Force
Guangzhou Military Area Air Force Command
The Guangzhou Military Region Air Force was originally established in 1950 as the Zhongnan (South Central) MRAF in Wuhan and was relocated to Guangzhou and redesignated as the Guangzhou MRAF in May 1955.
An U/I Aviation Division from Guangzhou MRAF was reported to have stepped up plans for night training exercises for 2003, to meet combat requirements. The unit has previously completed transregional maneuvers for redeployment at night and long range interception of aircraft at night over water. [Air Force News 28 Jan 2003 (PLA Activities Report February 2003)]
The U/I Radar Brigade assigned to the Guangzhou MRAF was reported to have built a simulation training center that simulates all radar functions including command, control, charting, and other specialized functions. The brigade has also developed several different training software packages for radar antenna operation, radar control, logging, and command functions. [Liberation Army Daily 11 Feb 2003 (PLA Activities Report February 2003)]
The Air Force of the Guangzhou Military Region is a battle regiment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force stationed in the Guangzhou Military Region. It belongs to the establishment of the Air Force and is under the dual leadership of the Air Force and the Guangzhou Military Region. Lead and command the air forces stationed in Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan 5 provinces and autonomous regions. It is mainly responsible for air defense operations in the area, air offensive operations, and coordinated land and naval operations.
On July 27, 1950, the Central Military Commission approved the establishment of the Air Force Command of the Central South Military Region of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. On September 24, the Aviation Division of the Central South Military Region Command and the 51st Army Corps were established in Wuhan. The agency has a headquarters, a political department, a logistics department, an engineering department, and a cadre management department. On May 15, 1954, it was renamed the Central South Military Region Air Force. On May 6, 1955, it was renamed the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force Command and moved to Guangzhou. On May 20, 1957, it merged with the Guangzhou Military Region Air Defense Air Force into the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force. In February 1970, the military area air force agencies were reorganized into the headquarters, the political department, and the logistics department. In February 1976, the Aeronautical Engineering Department was added. In September 1993, it was renamed the Equipment Technology Department. In December 1998, it was reorganized into the Equipment Department.
After the establishment of the air force of the Central South Military Region, troops were quickly formed. From November 1950 to December 1952, 5 aviation divisions and bases were formed, stationed in 6 provinces and autonomous regions in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Henan, and Jiangxi. In May 1954, the Guangzhou Command Post of the Air Force was established (withdrawn in June 1955). In March 1955, with the re-division of military regions across the country, the air force stationed in Jiangxi Province was placed under the air force organization of the East China Military Region; in July, the air force stationed in Hubei and Henan Province was placed under the air force organization of the Wuhan Military Region. In August 1957, the Guangzhou Military Region Air Defense Force was placed under the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force Organization.
In June 1962 and March 1969, two military-level command posts were reorganized into two air force headquarters. In January 1976, 1 Air Force headquarters was abolished. In the second half of 1985, after the Wuhan Military Region Air Force was abolished, the Hubei Provincial Air Force units and academies were placed under the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force Organization; some units were adjusted, cancelled, and merged. In January 1993, the airborne troops were reverted to the direct organizational leadership of the Air Force. By the end of the 20th century, the Air Force of the Guangzhou Military Region had developed into a combined army consisting of aviation, ground-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, radar, communications and other specialized forces.
The Air Force of the Guangzhou Military Region adheres to the absolute leadership of the Chinese Communist Party over the army, implements the PLA's army building policies and principles, strengthens ideological and political construction and grassroots construction, and maintains a high degree of stability and concentration of the army. Weapons and equipment have been continuously improved, and more advanced aircraft and surface-to-air missiles have been successively equipped with troops. By insisting on taking combat effectiveness as the standard and centering on military training, training is carried out from difficulty to strictness, and the combat effectiveness of the unit is raised to a new level.
The Guangzhou Military Region Air Force has long been responsible for air defense operations in southern China. The military region's air force agencies and some units have participated in overseas support operations and border self-defense counterattacks, making important contributions to safeguarding the national airspace security. In July 1951, Wu Fushan, the deputy political commissar of the Air Force of the Military Region, led the personnel of the agency to Kaiyuan, Liaoning Province (now Kaiyuan, Liaoning). Together with the personnel transferred from the North China Military Region, the Air Force Joint Impact Aircraft Command Post was formed. In December of the same year Revoke. In the homeland air defense operations, the Air Force of the Guangzhou Military Region has repeatedly shot down and wounded aircraft used by the US invasion and Taiwan authorities to spy and harass the mainland. On July 29, 1958, the 1st Brigade of the 54th Regiment of the 18th Division of the Air Force shot down two F-84 aircraft of the Taiwan Air Force and injured one in Shantou, Guangdong, and achieved a 3:0 result.
On October 5, 1965, Zhang Yunbao, the deputy squadron of the 9th Air Force Division, shot down an American RA-3D aircraft in the Pingxiang area of ??Guangxi. On April 24, 1967, the 10th Air Force Anti-aircraft Artillery Division and the 26th Aviation Division worked closely together to shoot down an American F-4B aircraft in the Banxing area of ??Guangxi. In addition, the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force participated in the East Guangdong Anti-landing Exercise and the National Day military parade in the capital, and successfully completed its mission. Participate in flood fighting, air transport and airdrops, forest fire extinguishing, artificial rain enhancement, etc., to contribute to protecting people's lives and property and supporting national economic construction.
In defending and building the motherland and strengthening army building, the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force has created a number of advanced units and heroes and models. The honorary titles awarded by the Central Military Commission or the Ministry of National Defense are: "Aviation Hero Squadron", "GuoGuo Hero Battalion", "Science and Technology Training Pioneer Flying Brigade", "Republic Guardian" Zhou Jiazhu and You Degao, "Flood Fighting Hero" Gao Jiancheng, A good soldier who has the courage to sacrifice and dedication" Huang Yong. The honorary titles awarded by the Air Force are: "Communication Forces Leading Soldier Company", "Field Road Maintenance Model Company", "Friendship Pass Spiritual Civilization Radar Station", "Flood Fighting and Rescue Model Flying Brigade", "Flood Fighting and Rescue Hero Battalion", and "A Model of Loving People" Wang Wencheng, "Model Cadre of Selfless Dedication" Deng Heping, "Guardian Warriors" Wang Haoxin, Dou Jianli, "Model Flying Brigade Instructor" Wu Chaoan, "Model Instructor" Wan Shuanglin, etc.
Successive commanders: Liu Zhen, Cao Lihuai, Wu Fushan, Wang Pu, Wang Hai, Yu Zhenwu, Wu Jiyuan, Liu Heqiao, Yang Zhenggang, Han Ruijie, Lu Denghua, Gao Shouwei; successive political commissars: Wu Fushan, Liu Jinping, Long Daoquan, Zhu Yunqian, Ren Qiu, Liu Feng, Zhang Zhenxian, Zhao Bingyao, Wang Jilian, Zhu Yongqing.