23 May 2013 2 Comments
The first pair of offshore Patrol vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard have arrived to their home ports and started to their duties.
SG-701 TCSG Dost is located in Samsun and SG-703 TCSG Umut is located in Marmaris. TCSG Dost started her duties in the Black Sea on 19 May 2013. It is not clear now when TCSG Umut will start her duties but I do not think it will take too long.
Both ships were commissioned in Turkish Coast Guard on 5 April 2013.
The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year. Similarly TCSG Umut was launched in 2011 and supposed to enter into service this year. So TCSG Dost is entering two years late and TCSG Umut is entering into service just about time.
These are the first large ships of the Turkish Coast Guard which never used any boat with a large displacement than 200 tons. Their primary task will be search and rescue missions on heavy seas and in bad weather conditions when the smaller boats cannot operate. Secondary missions will be showing the flag, patrolling the seas and prevention of smuggling.
This class of ships have fire fighting equipment and a hangar and a flight deck for helicopter operations.
UPDATE: I have corrected the names of the ships. I should not be posting when tired.