17 Jul '17, 2pm

Turkey's naval ambitions boosting local industry

ANKARA — As Turkey, a peninsula in a volatile region, has in recent years thrived to push up its regional political clout, the Ankara government has taken a position to commission a wide range of vessels from local shipyards. “That became the boost [for the local industry] which we aimed at,” said one senior procurement planner. Only in the past year or so a total of six navy ships have been either delivered to the military command or launched. These are the Ada-class corvettes TCG Burgazada and TCG Kinaliada, landing ship TCG Bayraktar, logistical support ships TCG Yuzbasi Gungor Durmus and TCG Ustegmen Arif Ekmekci and rescue ship TCG Alemdar. In the past 15 years, Turkey has completed 14 military ship programs, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. The number of Turkish shipyards has increased from 37 to 80 since 2003. At a recent ceremony for the launch of the T...

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