Yesterday was a historic day in Turkey’s maritime and defense field. TCG Anadolu, the world’s first warship in its class, with which UAVs and the heaviest helicopters can land and take off, entered service. President Erdoğan said: “Thanks to TCG Anadolu, we will become a country that pioneers game-changing technologies, systems and solutions.”
Turkey’s largest warship TCG Anadolu was delivered to the Naval Forces Command with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan spoke at the TCG Anadolu Ship Delivery Ceremony and the New MİLGEM Frigates Sheet Cutting Ceremony held at Tuzla Sedef Shipyard. Reminding that the construction of the TCG Anadolu ship was started in April 2016, Erdoğan said, “At the end of 7 years, we are putting our TCG Anadolu ship into service. We are happy, we are proud. Lord, this is our pride.
let it be forever.” he said.
THE LEADER OF THE CENTURY OF Türkiye
Wishing the best for TCG Anadolu, the country’s largest military ship, Erdoğan said, “Of course, this is not enough for us. Hopefully, now our second phase is to build all of our aircraft carriers. We have held talks with many countries, we are doing it, and we will succeed in this. We see this ship as a symbol that will clinch our position as a leading country in the Turkish Century and having a say in the world. Not only that; Today, we are carrying out the sheet metal cutting of our 3 new MİLGEM stowage class frigates that we will bring to Mavi Vatan.” used the phrases.
TCG ANATOLIAN IS THE WORLD’S FIRST NAVAL SHIP
President Erdoğan thanked everyone who contributed to the construction of TCG Anadolu and will take part in the construction of the frigates and said, “Our Bayraktar TB3, SİHA, Red Apple Unmanned Combat Aircraft and HÜRJET Light Attack Aircraft will be able to land and take off on this ship. In addition, thanks to the tanks and armored amphibious assault vehicles it carries, this ship has the features that will enable us to carry out military and humanitarian operations in every corner of the world when necessary.”
WE WILL BUILD OUR AIRCRAFT SHIP
“Thanks to TCG Anadolu, we will become a country that pioneers game-changing technologies, systems and solutions that are among the first in the world. The experience we have gained in such projects allows us to bring more advanced technologies, which are more domestic and national, to our country. With the commissioning of our amphibious assault ship, we have taken a big step towards producing our national aircraft carrier. Our shipbuilding industry has built and will build our national aircraft carrier,” he said.
OUR DEFENSE INDUSTRY BUDGET IS 75 BILLION DOLLARS
Noting that they have increased the defense industry budget to 75 billion dollars with the projects whose tender process is still ongoing, Erdoğan said, “The level we have reached is of course important, but there is still a lot of work we need to do to overcome the implicit and explicit embargoes against our country. We are increasing our defense industry budget to 75 billion dollars. Our target is a fully independent defense industry. Our SİDAs, which we have developed at the most advanced technological level, have started to be followed with envy in the world, just like our SİHAs.”
TB3 will host Red Apple and Hürkuş
TCG Anadolu will be the “first SİHA ship” in the world with SİHAs that will take off and land on it. For this, Bayraktar TB3 SİHA with folding wings is being developed by Baykar. Bayraktar KIZILELMA and HÜRJET Light Attack Aircraft will be able to land and take off from the ship. TCG Anadolu; It has the capacity to transfer a force of at least 1 battalion size in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas to the crisis region with its own logistics support, without requiring home base support. TCG Anadolu has a length of 231 meters and a width of 32 meters. With a maximum full load displacement of 27 thousand 436 tons, the ship can operate at a maximum speed of at least 20.5 knots and an economic speed of 16 knots.
It will be opened to visitors in Sirkeci
President Erdoğan said that the ship will be opened to the visit of citizens in Sirkeci. “We will tow TCG Anadolu from here to Sirkeci and we will open our TCG Anadolu ship to our people in Sirkeci. We want our people to come and visit our TCG Anadolu ship. Let’s not just be proud, let’s give our people the opportunity to be proud of TCG Anadolu as a nation,” he said.
There will be a revolution in the history of combat
BAYKAR Chairman of the Board of Directors Selçuk Bayraktar made statements on the ship, which also included TB3 and Red Apple. Bayraktar said, “I am very proud of my country. The TB3 will begin operating on board in 2024. Red Apple test flights continue. I hope he will start working on the ship in 2025. We witnessed a historical moment. We have witnessed that the future of the Blue Homeland is under greater security. If these aircraft start to serve together with our TCG Anadolu Ship one day, they will revolutionize the history of world warfare.”
TCG Anadolu is 231 meters long and 32 meters wide. It can carry 1,223 personnel, 41 SİHAs and helicopters, and 94 armored vehicles. 4 landing craft enter the pool inside.