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On 27 September 2008, Turkey launched its first national warship F-511 TCG Heybeliada in a ceremony held at Istanbul Naval Dockyard in Pendik, Istanbul

Heybeliada is first of twelve ships of Turkey’s national corvette program of Milgem. The purpose of this program is to build a modern littoral combat warship with indigenous capabilities, extensively using the principles of stealth technology in its design.

The construction of Heybeliada began on July 26, 2005, and is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 25, 2010, when she will start undergoing full sea trials before being officially commissioned. She is expected to enter service in 2011.

I wish her friendly seas and calm winds.

I will report more about Milgem project soon.

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