Turkish Naval Forces Takes Delivery of Third MILGEM Ada-Class Corvette TCG Burgazada

The Turkish Naval Forces has taken delivery of the third MILGEM Ada-class corvette, TCG Burgazada (F-513), during a ceremony at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on Nov. 3, 2018.

The delivery ceremony of the domestically developed warship was attended by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The construction of the TCG Burgazada began on 17 December 2014, at Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command and the ship was launched in June 2016.

The Ada class is a class of corvettes built under Turkish national warship program (MILGEM project), the purpose of which was to build a modern littoral combat ship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and high-seas patrol capabilities, extensively using the principles of stealth technology in its design.

The MILGEM project covers the construction of four corvettes (Ada class), eight frigates which four (TF-100 class) and four (TF-2000 class) for the Turkish Navy, with possible exports to other countries.

The first two Ada class corvettes, TCG Heybeliada (F-511) and TCG Büyükada (F-512) are operational with the Navy. The fourth and the final corvette of the class, TCG Kınalıada (F-514), was launched at the Tuzla Shipyard on July 3 this year.

The Ada-class vessels are 99.6 meters long, displaces around 2,300 tons, and have a maximum speed of 29 knots.

The ships are armed with one 76 mm OTO Melara Super Rapid (SR) naval gun, two 324 mm (13 in) Mk 32 triple ASW torpedo launchers, two quad-cell launchers for Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Aselsan STAMP Stabilized Machine Gun Platform and one Mk-144 Guided Missile Launcher (GML) for RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) point defense missile system (PDMS).

The vessels have a flight deck for helicopter and UAVs along with hanger facilities.

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