Index - Abroad - Turkey launches its first self-built intelligence ship

Turkey launched its first, largely self-built intelligence ship, the TCG Ufuk, in Istanbul on Friday, the Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported.

According to the report, the craft will remain operational for 45 days without interruption, even in harsh weather conditions, MTI wrote.

The ship is almost 100 meters long, 14 meters wide, is operated by a crew of 110, and can accommodate up to 10 tons of helicopters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed in his speech at the inauguration ceremony that his country is one of the ten countries in the world capable of designing, building and maintaining a warship on its own.

Four corvettes have previously served under Turkey’s national warship project, MILGEM. The next ship will be a frigate, the first of its own production, expected to be completed in 2023.

(Cover image: The launch ceremony of TCG Ufuk, the Turkish Navy’s first self-built intelligence ship, will take place on 14 January 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Can Erok / dia images / Getty Images)

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