Turkish Navy commissions new surveillance ship

The Turkish Navy surveillance ship TCG Ufuk following its launching in 2019 (Photo: STM)

The Turkish Navy recently commissioned a new surveillance and intelligence-gathering ship into service.

The Turk Loydu-classed TCG Ufuk (“Horizon”) was built by Istanbul Naval Shipyard. It has a length of 99.5 metres, a beam of 14.4 metres, a displacement of 2,400 tonnes, and a flight deck for accommodating 10-tonne utility helicopters.

The ship is also equipped with an advanced radar similar to the ones that will be fitted on Turkey’s future TF-2000 air defence destroyers.

Ufuk, which uses the same hull as the Turkish Navy’s Ada-class corvettes, will have a secondary training role.

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