The official ceremony for the fourth indigenous warship, the TCG Kınalıada corvette, was recently hold in Istanbul Navy Shipyard.
Indigenous Ada Class corvettes of 99.5 meters length were designed to carry out various missions such as surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air defence, surveillance and reconnaisance, command-control, asymmetric defence warfare missions.
Presiding over the event, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan praised the efforts of the Turkish naval industry for fulfilling the first major phase of the MILGEM program, i.e. the construction of four corvettes.
According to Erdoğan, Turkish industry content now accounts for 65% of the MILGEM Ada corvette, with more than 50 Turkish entities, including companies and institutes, involved in the program.
Named after the Istanbul Princes’ Islands, the Ada-class has a displacement of 2,400 tons at full-load and a length of 99.56 m. Intended to lead in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), the Ada-class can provide support for littoral and offshore operations, such as patrol and policing.
The MILGEM Ada is armed with one 76 mm main gun, two triple ASW torpedo launchers, two quad-cell anti-ship missile (AShM) launchers, two 12.7 mm guns and a point-defence missile system for defensibility against nearby aerial threats.
Currently, two MILGEM Ada-class corvettes – the TCG Heybeliada and TCG Büyükada – are serving with the Turkish Navy, with the remaining two – TCG Burgazada and now TCG Kinaliada – undergoing sea trials.
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