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The Pan-Asia faction does not cover a specific nation, but includes ships from various nations within the Asia-Pacific region. Ships from five navies are currently represented in World of Warships: the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Republic of Korea (South Korea), the Republic of Indonesia, and the Kingdom of Thailand. In-game, each ship flies the individual jack of their respective navy (as shown below).
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PLAN Huanghe, Tier VI cruiser
Formally organized in September 1950, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was initially built upon units that defected from the Republic of China Navy during the Chinese Civil War. Nominally a branch of the People's Liberation Army, their subordinate status to their ground-pounding brethren led to a variety of growing pains.


Early expansion in the 1950's was primarily the result of purchasing hand-me-down frigates and destroyers from the Soviet Navy while the People's Republic of China developed shipbuilding and naval architecture skills from within its own borders (with Soviet assistance). The PLAN remained largely focused on littoral and riverine combat until the late 1980s and the break-up of the Soviet Union. China's more prominent role in world — and naval — affairs in the years hence has led to explosive growth of the modern PLAN and development of green water capabilities that continue to expand today. The PLAN operates at least one modern aircraft carrier — purchased as surplus from the Russian Federation Navy — while developing their own carrier construction program; they launched their first nuclear ballistic missile submarine in 1981, and continue to progress improvements to their own designs of surface vessels and submarines.


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ROCS Loyang, Tier VIII destroyer
The roots of the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) date back to 1912 and the establishment of the Ministry of the Navy, following the fall of the Qing Dynasty and subsequent creation of the Republic of China. The ROCN remained loyal to the Kuomintang government throughout the political chaos of the late teens and 1920's, and maintained a focus on river patrols and littoral combat, knowing it was unable to challenge the might of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at sea.


Their meager forces devastated in the opening days of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, the ROCN effectively ceased to exist again until the close of World War II. Re-constituted and bolstered by the transfer of decommissioned ships from Allied navies — and captured ships from the IJN — the ROCN was again decimated by Chinese internal politics, as some units defected to support Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War that broke out in March 1946. Loyal ROCN units were instrumental in assisting with and protecting the evacuation of over a million refugees from mainland China to the island of Taiwan in October 1949 following the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese Nationalist forces at the hands of Mao Zedong's Communists.

Much to the irritation of the People's Republic of China, Western navies — such as the United States Navy — quickly developed relations with the exiled armed forces of the Republic of China and have supported them in the decades since. Transfers of technology and materiel have kept the ROCN modern and relevant as concerns developed in the early 1990's around the PLAN's ability to potentially blockade the island. Local shipbuilding lacks the capability to deliver submarines, but has successfully built and commissioned a mix of frigates, corvettes, and local patrol vessels into ROCN service. Combined with a mix of surplus vessels purchased from the United States, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, the modern ROCN continues to pursue a mission of local littoral control and anti-blockade measures in the shadow of an expanding PLAN.


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ROKS Chung Mu, Tier IX destroyer
Though not formally founded until shortly after the creation of the Republic of Korea on 15 August 1948, the modern Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) traces its origins to the Marine Defense Group that was organized on 11 November 1945 following the Japanese withdrawal from the Korean peninsula. Originally charged with local patrols and littoral defense of Korean waters, the Marine Defense Group evolved into the Korean Coast Guard before being re-organized into the ROKN.


The young navy barely had time to develop assets before finding itself embroiled in the Korean War that broke out in June 1950. Bolstered by sales and donations of surplus World War II ships and material from friendly navies — as well as the active participation of navies from the member states of the United Nations — the ROKN quickly developed a reputation of aggressiveness, competence, and effectiveness in combat. The cease-fire that ended the war three years later has given way to a long, uneasy peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) on the southern half of the peninsula and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) on the northern half.

Since the end of the Korean War, the ROKN has concentrated its efforts on building naval forces to hold in check the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Navy (DPRKN) and their littoral naval capabilities. By the late 1970's, the growth of the South Korean economy and shipbuilding industry allowed them to grow their naval fleet with destroyers, frigates, and corvettes built indigenously. The modern ROKN continues to pursue missions of deterring aggression, protection of national maritime rights, and supporting the nation's foreign policy; as a part of their overall mission, it has engaged in several peacekeeping operations since the turn of the 21st century.


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KRI Gadjah Mada, Tier VII destroyer
Founded on 10 September 1945 — during the opening days of the Indonesian National Revoultion — the Republic of Indonesia Navy was initially comprised primarily of Indonesian sailors with experience serving in the Royal Dutch Navy.










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RTNS Phra Ruang, Tier III destroyer
Following conflicts with both the British Empire and France — who occupied neighboring countries — Siam began to reorganize its military in the latter portion of the 19th century. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) was founded in 1875, when it was originally known as the Royal Siamese Navy. Despite royal backing, Siam was without modern warships until the conclusion of World War I, when Siamese citizens donated money for King Mongkut to purchase an R-class destroyer — HMS Radiant — from the Royal Navy. Re-named and commissioned into her new navy, RTNS Phra Ruang was the first state-of-the-art warship that saw service with the RTN.


Siam later placed orders with Japanese shipyards for the construction of two coastal monitors, two submarines, and number of destroyers. These ships were involved in the 1932 coup that transformed the absolute monarchy of Siam into the constitutional monarchy of Thailand, as well as the Franco-Thai War, which saw Thailand take advantage of the fall of France in 1940 to reclaim territory lost to the French during the conflicts of the 19th century. The conclusion of the Franco-Thai War was mediated by Japan, and the treaty signed in Tokyo on 9 May 1941. Barely seven months later, Japan invaded and subjugated Thailand, forcing her government to declare war on the Allied powers in January 1942.

The conclusion of World War II brought additional political turmoil to southeast Asia; the withdrawal of the Japanese and the weakening of colonial European forces left room for many countries to undergo significant leadership changes. Backed by the Soviet Union and China, communist ideology began to expand throughout the Indochina peninsula. With the aid of the United States — and royal influence — Thailand was able to resist communist influence and join the United Nations, allowing units of the RTN to participate in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars (in cooperation with South Korea and South Vietnam, respectively).

Today, the modern RTN continues to develop their overall capabilities, and is notable as the only southeast Asian nation to operate an aircraft carrier. Like their counterparts in Taiwan, local shipbuilding also has the ability to deliver modern frigates and destroyers without the need to purchase them from Western navies.


Destroyers

Gameplay

None of the various units that comprise the Pan-Asian destroyer branch originated in the countries whose flag they fly in World of Warships; every single hull was purchased from a foreign navy prior to seeing service in their respective Asian navies. As such, the line is an odd mix of play styles that dabbles in each of the other destroyer lines currently in the game: from Longjiang’s roots in the Kaiserliche Marine, to Phra Ruang’s and Gadjah Mada’s prior service in the Royal Navy, to Fushun’s Red Fleet origins, to the surplus World War II-vintage United States Navy hulls that comprise the high end of the line. Main battery performance varies widely from hull-to-hull based on the country of origin; the one unifying trait that all Pan-Asian destroyers share is that they equip deep-water torpedoes. Unlike the torpedoes mounted on other destroyers, these fish are set to run at depths of 5-6 meters, meaning that enemy destroyers cannot take hits from them; conversely, they are highly lethal to all opposing battleships and carriers, as well as most enemy cruisers. Starting at Tier VIII, Pan-Asian destroyers also gain access to a modified version of the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) consumable with a shorter duration and range than that found on cruisers of similar tier; unfortunately, they mush sacrifice their Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) in order to mount it.

Destroyers

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VI Fushun
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VI Anshan Doubloons
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VIII Hsienyang
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VIII Loyang Doubloons

Cruisers