Turkey has long planned to acquire a large-deck amphibious-assault ship, and by early this year the government had selected the domestic Sedef shipyard to construct the vessel, which will be closely based on Spain’s 27,000-ton Juan Carlos I–class design (pictured here) from shipbuilder Navantia. At 656 feet and only 19,000 tons, however, the planned Turkish vessel is expected to be roughly 100 feet shorter and 30 percent smaller displacement than similar ships built for the Spanish and Australian navies. Crew size has also been reduced to 190 sailors for the Turkish vessel, which is expected to be able to carry 8 helicopters, along with an assortment of armored vehicles and landing craft, plus 700 troops. While the ship will be built in Turkey, the vessel’s propulsion system and LCM-1E landing craft reportedly will be built in Spain. No formal construction or delivery dates have yet been released.
By Eric Wertheim