Admiral Ugur Yigit - Turkish Navy

Meanwhile, the acquisition programs for Kiliç II-class fast-attack craft and Aydin-class minehunters have been successfully completed. The Turkish Navy's prestige project, MILGEM—from the contraction of "national ship" in Turkish—is an indigenously designed, developed, and built corvette that is on schedule with the first ship to be delivered in 2011. Other shipbuilding projects such as new-design patrol boats, amphibious ships, and air-independent propulsion submarines are well underway. A submarine rescue ship and two salvage vessels are to be completed in 2012. Refurbishment of all Gabya-class (ex-Perry) frigates, with the new national combat management system, Genesis, is on track along with the future addition of Evolved SeaSparrow missile capability. The first phase of project Distant Horizon has been completed.

In summary, the Turkish Navy exercises due caution to lessen effects of the global economic problems. Our modernization and maintenance programs as well as training and exercise schedules are continuously reviewed and priorities set accordingly, to maintain the force operationally ready and effective. Being aware of its national and multinational commitments, the Turkish Navy will continue to contribute to global maritime security through regionally provided maritime security.


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