Monday, April 17, 2017

Turkish Navy commissions first Bayraktar-class landing ship

The Turkish Navy commissioned the lead ship of a new class of landing ships, TCG Bayraktar (L 402), on Apr. 14th, Turkish minister of defense tweeted. This was first reported by Turkish Bosphorus Naval News who noted that the ship will remain under the shipyard's warranty for 12-months. After the 12-month period, TCG Bayraktar will become responsibility of the Turkish Navy.

TCG Bayraktar and sister ship TCG Sancaktar, the second ship in the class, are being built under a contract signed between Anadolu Shipyard and the Turkish Ministry of Defense in May 2011. TCG Bayraktar and her sister ship displace over 7200 tonnes at 139 meters. They are capable of transporting up to 1200 tonnes of cargo (18 tanks). (Source: navaltoday.com, 17-Apr-2017)