This paper investigates the effects of normal hot rolling and high rate cooling (NHR+HRC) on microstructure and mechanical properties of the rolled EH 36 hull plate. Double-hit tests were carried out to study the effect of process parameters such as the deformation temperature and soaking time on microstructures of the tested steel, and explore optimal processing parameters. Single-hit compression with various parameters was developed and the microstructures of the tested steel are analyzed to determine the cooling rate and the final cooling temperature of the normal hot rolling and high rate cooling. This study will provide experimental and theoretical base on high-temperature rolling control system. Industrial trial was performed to produce regular products. The results show that the NHR+HRC is an effective and promising method to improve the product quality of high-strength hull plate.