Republic Day 2012
Today is the 89th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
It is a custom of Turkish Navy to send a couple of warships to port cities and open them for public visiting.
This year F-240 TCG Yavuz and F-496 TCG Gökova are in Istanbul.
The 76mm gun of F-496 TCG Gökova. Note the “Tiger” logo, this is new.
The business end of F-496 TCG Gökova. Mk-13 launcher with a training SM-1 missile and the newly installed Mk-48 VLS with ESSM missiles.
These ships look very impressive from this point of view
F-240 TCG Yavuz.
TCG Yavuz and TCG Gökova weren’t the only ships opened to the public. Below is a map from the official website of Turkish Navy showing all the ships and the one submarine for the public to visit.