>New Salvage and Rescue Ships For Turkish Navy

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On their latest meeting on 15th June 2010, Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) decided to start contract negotiations for construction of submarine rescue ship (MOSHIP) and two rescue and towing ships (RATSHIP) with, Istanbul Shipyard. This marks an important milestone for this acquisition project.

With fourteen modern diesel-electric submarines in service, the Turkish Navy is the biggest operator of conventionally-powered submarines amongst both European and NATO countries. However, the existing submarine rescue and salvage ships in the Turkish Navy were built in the 1950s and they are now reaching the end of their life-spans. It is important for the Turkish Navy to maintain an appropriate degree of salvage and recovery capability to support its large submarine force, so this project is being accorded a relatively high level of priority.

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