The Turkish Navy’s newest Milgem Ada-class multi-purpose corvette TCG Burgazada (F-513) was successfully launched at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command.
TCG Burgazada is the third in the series of ships that are being built as part of the Turkish national warship programme, known as the Milgem project, which was launched in 2004.
The Turkish Ministry of Defence has plans to procure a total of 12 Milgem corvettes to meet the operational capabilities of the navy and to bolster littoral warfare capabilities.
Construction of this ship, which started in 2014, took 18 months to complete, including building 29 blocks of the vessel, and assembly on the slipway.
TCG Burgazada will now undergo further outfitting activities at the shipyard before entering into the testing phase, followed by deployment into service.
The ship is powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system, which allows the vessels to cruise at a top speed of more than 29k.
With a displacement capacity of 2,300t, the 99m-long Milgem corvettes are armed with a 76mm dual-purpose gun and two remotely controlled 12.7mm machine guns, and can accommodate a crew of 93, including air crew.
TCG Heybeliada (F-511) is the first ship of the class, which was launched in 2008 and commissioned in 2011.
Heybeliada and the second vessel, TCG Büyükada (F-512), are equipped with an LM2500 gas turbine in a combined diesel and gas turbine configuration, with two diesel engines.
Last month, a keel laying ceremony was conducted for the fourth ship, TCG Kinaliada.
Image: Milgem corvettes are fitted with GE Marine’s propulsion system. Photo: courtesy of GE Corporation.