The Turkish Navy’s future amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu has undergone a series of inspections and tests as part of its sea acceptance trials.

The trials were conducted on 2 January in the Marmara Sea.

The comprehensive inspection was carried out in the presence of Turkey Defence Minister Hulusi Akar along with TSK Command Echelon officials.

Other officials to attend the inspection included Turkish Navy chief of general staff general Yaşar Güler, Turkish Land Forces commander general Musa Avsever and Turkish Naval Forces commander admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu.

As part of the process, Akar was briefed about the ship by chief of naval staff rear admiral İsmail Güldoğan, which was followed by an extensive assessment.

In an interview with Star News, aboard the ship, Akar said: “This ship is 230m long, more than two football fields long. It has the capacity to carry 94 vehicles.

“It also has the opportunity to transport armoured vehicles, as well as amphibious ships, and we say that strong Turkey, strong Turkish Armed Forces, strong Nato, strong alliance. Our sphere of influence is now three continents and our field of interest is the whole world.”

TCG Anadolu will be the first uncrewed aerial vehicle carrier ship and Turkey’s one of the largest warships.

The new ship is being constructed to enhance the capabilities of Turkey’s naval forces.

It will allow the forces to perform a wide range of missions at the sea, both domestically and internationally, in all weather conditions.

Akar added: “This ship is in a position to carry out activities without relying on land for 50 days without refuelling with this ship, without relying on land, without feeling the need to get support from land.”