The Turkish Navy launched TCG Burgazada (F513) Corvette the third modern warship to be designed, built, and equipped primarily from local resources.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s goal of self-sufficiency in defense as he launched TCG Burgazada.
Erdogan also performed a “welding ceremony” on the TCG Kinaliada, another MILGEM corvette that is due to be completed in May next year.
About MILGEM Project:
Within the content of MILGEM (National Ship) concept, it is foreseen to design and construct up to 12 multi-purpose MILGEM ships with maximum local contribution. The objectives of ADA class corvette project are to enhance the littoral warfare capabilities and to meet the operational requirements of Turkish Navy by introducing a platform which lies between the spectrum of frigate and patrol boat. By embarking ASW/ASUW helicopters onboard the ASW capabilities have been enhanced, and by the integration of HARPOON and 76 mm gun the operative ASUW capabilities have been acquired. ADA class corvette with its CODAG propulsion configuration has a flexible and efficient operational capability and achieves a speed of 29+ knots.
The realization of the project was commenced with the decision taken on 15th of February 2000 by the Defense Industry Executive Committee and the design work started in 2004 in Istanbul Naval Shipyard.
The first ship of the project TCG HEYBELİADA (F-511) was taken into service on 27th of September 2011 and the second of the class, BÜYÜKADA (F-512) was taken into service on 27th of September 2013.