Turkey Plans To Deploy Indigenous Aircraft ‘Hürjet’ On LHD Anadolu

Naval News – After Turkey was taken out of the F-35 aircraft program because of CAATSA sanctions imposed by the United States, it has been trying to develop new solutions to deploy fixed-winged air assets on Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Anadolu.

Turkish Navy Accepts Delivery Of 2nd MELTEM III Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Naval News – Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency announced that it has delivered the second ATR-72 TMPA (P-72) Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the Turkish Navy within the scope of the MELTEM-III project.

Turkey plans to deploy attack drones from its amphibious assault ship

Defense News – The Turkish government hopes to transform its landing helicopter dock Anadolu into a carrier ship for attack drones, and has already begun tests to see if the dock ship is strong enough for the mission.

Turkish Navy Kicked Off BLUE HOMELAND-2021 Large Scale Exercise

Naval News – The Turkish Navy kicked off a large-scale naval exercise named Blue Homeland-2021 in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean on 25th February.

Turkey’s Armed USV ‘ULAQ’ Starts Sea Trials

Naval News – Turkish companies ARES Shipyard and METEKSAN Defence announced that the prototype ULAQ armed unmanned surface vessel (USV) has been launched and its sea trials have started.

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Analysis: The Future Of The Turkish Navy

Naval News – The presence and visibility of the Turkish Naval Forces have increased considerably within the Blue Homeland doctrine framework for several years. Regional disputes require Turkish naval forces to deploy more at sea. Thus, the Turkish defense industry’s national policy has supported the continuously active Turkish Navy, and a force composition is formed with indigenous weapons and systems.

Turkey could build its first indigenous aircraft carrier with the help of United Kingdom

Navy Recognition – According to news published by the Daily Sabah and Middle East Eye websites on February 3, 2021, last year, Turkey has launched consultations with the United Kingdom to acquire a new or second-hand aircraft carrier.

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AKYA Heavy Torpedo Shot From TCG GÜR Submarine

Railly News – The AKYA Heavy Torpedo, which will enter the inventory of the Turkish Naval Forces in 2021, was test fired successfully.

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Here’s what we know about Turkey’s newly launched homemade frigate

Defense News – Turkey on Jan. 23 launched its first locally built frigate, the I-class TCG Istanbul, advancing a program that involves the production of four corvettes and four frigates.

Turkish Naval Defense Milestones Expected In 2021

Naval News – Several major Turkish naval programs are expected to reach key milestones this year. From the commissioning of major vessels such as the LHD, to the launch of new classes of frigates and submarines, as well as delivery of new missiles and torpedoes and even MALE UAVs.

‘Blue Homeland’ and the Irredentist Future of Turkish Foreign Policy

War on the Rocks – Turkey and Greece, two NATO allies, nearly experienced a full-fledged military conflict in August. Two of their warships collided during a naval standoff over hydrocarbon exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. This follows a similar naval incident in June between three Turkish vessels and the frigate of another NATO ally, France, prompting an inquiry that the alliance has been trying to keep under wraps to prevent further discord among its ranks. Behind these incidents lies Turkey’s embrace of an assertive naval concept, namely the “blue homeland,” that is poised to disrupt the transatlantic alliance in the years to come.

US Should Stop Weapons Flowing To Libya

Breaking Defense – A growing arms race in the Eastern Mediterranean pits several U.S. allies against each other, raising the risks of confrontation between two NATO allies.

Why is Turkey the key to unlocking a NATO-EU naval operation?

Defense News – Turkey is hindering European Union attempts to secure NATO’s help with a maritime arms embargo on conflict-torn Libya, according to diplomats and officials in Brussels.

Blue Homeland: The Heated Politics Behind Turkey’s New Maritime Strategy

War on the Rocks – “Mavi vatan,” or “blue homeland,” has become a common phrase in Turkish political life. It is most often used as a shorthand expression for Ankara’s maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean. Central to these interests is the presence of large deposits of natural gas off the coast of the island of Cyprus. For Turkey, the lion’s share of these deposits lies within what Turkey interprets is its exclusive economic zone. Such a stance, however, is at odds with claims made by Greece and the Republic of Cyprus.

Turkey’s New Assault Carrier Will Transform Navy

Forbes – The Turkish Navy’s first light aircraft carrier, TCG Anadolu, will be the flagship of a more powerful fleet. Her large helicopter and UCAV (uncrewed combat air vehicle) air wing, as well as amphibious capabilities, will provide new capabilities to NATO’s second largest military.

(Thanks to Alain)

Turkish 1st Type 214 class submarine launched

Naval Today – Turkey is pushing forward with the development of its submarine program, having witnessed its first Type 214 class submarine TCG Piri Reis hit the water on December 22 at the Gölcük Shipyard in northwestern Turkey.

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Turkey launches homemade submarine program

Defense News – Turkey has launched the country’s first indigenous submarine program, known as MILDEN, a Turkish acronym for “national submarine.”

Turkish universal landing ship Anadolu on the water

BMPD – built for the Turkish Navy at the Turkish shipyard Sedef Tuzla Tersanesi in Tuzla (southern outskirts of the Asian part of Istanbul) by Sedef Gemi İnşaatı Sanayii A.Ş (part of the Turkon holding) the first Turkish universal landing ship (UDC) L 400 Anadolu first surfaced in the enterprise’s dry 310-meter-filled construction dock, and then was towed from the dock to the extension wall. The actual descent of the UDC on the water was carried out without special ceremonies.

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The Turkish Navy in an Era of Great Power Competition

War on the Rocks – The Turkish navy’s transformation resonates strongly with the political and social leanings of Turkey’s sitting president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

This remote controlled ‘naval mine’ attaches to ships, explodes on command

Defense News – A leading Turkish drone manufacturer says it developed a “mobile naval mine” that can blow up warships of all types.

Greek and Turkish warships in standoff in Aegean sea

The Guardian – Greek and Turkish warships were involved Sunday in a brief faceoff near a group of disputed Greek islets in the Aegean, coinciding with renewed tensions between Athens and Ankara.

Shoulder-Fired Surface-To-Air Missiles Spotted Aboard Russian Navy Ship In Turkish Strait

FoxtrotAlpha – Turkish-Russian relations are in the gutter since the downing of that attack jet, yet it is not exactly a relationship in which one party can just ignore the other. Both economies are intertwined and Russia has to pass through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait in order to access the Mediterranean from the Black Sea. Turkey may have reminded Russia of this very recently, but it still does not explain why Russian sailors were donning shoulder-fired surface-air-missiles today during one of Russia’s amphibious ship’s transits.

Turkey May Be Hinting At Playing Its Trump Card, Blocking Russia’s Bosphorus Access

FoxtrotAlpha – Turkey, and especially Istanbul, has been called the crossroads of the world, geographically and commercially connecting Europe with Asia, and the Mediterranean with the Black Sea. The latter of which happens to be crucial to Russian shipping and especially its naval operations, acting as a corridor for the Black Sea Fleet to access the world. With tensions broiling over Turkey’s shooting-down of a Russian Su-24, and with Russian sanctions looming, Turkey may be brandishing its ultimate “soft power” weapon in hopes of controlling Moscow’s response; shutting down or slowing Russia’s access to the strategic nexus between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus Strait.