Turkish And Turkmen Presidents Take A Ride On A Coast Guard Vessel

The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow made an official visit to Turkey between 28th February and 1st March.

His host, Turkish President Abdullah Gül, took him for a ride on board of the Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-303, after attending the Turkish-Turkmen Business Forum. The forum organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) took place in Çırağan Palace at Bosphorus.

Both leaders left the Çırağan Palace, now a hotel, by a Turkish Coast Guard boat and made a short trip along the Bosphorus. The security was high, with two P-1200 class patrol vessels from Turkish Navy and additional coast guard vessels patrolling along the Bosphorus.

Turkmenistan bought two P-1200 class patrol vessels from the Turkish shipyard Dearsan in 2010. According to the contract the Dearsan Shipyard in Istanbul will produce the boats in blocks, and the final assembly and the fitting out will be conducted in Turkmenistan. These boats have a very similar weapon and sensor configuration to Turkish boats. The main difference is the Turkmenistan boats will have a Thales Variant 2D air/surface search radar and a pair of 25mm Aselsan STOP systems. Deliveries are expected in 2012-13.

Click for a news video of this trip: 20120301_185700_15.flv


This is not the first time Mr Gul, taking his guest on a ride on board of a Turkish Coast Guard vessel. Last time it was the Syrian President Mr. Assad, he too was taken on board of TCSG-303.

Whether this latest ride, will lead to a sale of similar vessels to Turkmenistan is not clear yet.


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