TCSG Dost Continues Her Sea Trials

SG-701 TCSG Dost leaving the dock for a sea trial.

The first ship of the new search and rescue ship class, SG-701 TCSG Dost continues her builder trials. She was launched in June 2010.

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The second ship SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched in December 2010.

With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher. These ships will be the first Turkish Coast Guard vessels can support helicopter operations.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships will have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

>New Photo Of TCSG Dost

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The new patrol ship of Turkish Coast Guard, SG-701 TCSG Dost is being fitted at the pier of the RMK Shipyard, where she was build.

It is reported that she will start her sea trials in a few days may be even before the new year. The second ship of this class, SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched on 17th December 2010.

>TCG Güven Launched

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SG-702 TCSG Güven  
Photo: http://www.denizhaber.com.tr

Yesterday, the second search and rescue ship for the Turkish Coast Guard Command SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched at RMK Marine Shipyard, Istanbul.

The first ship of the class, TCSG Dost, was launched in June 2010. She is currently being fitted aout at the same shipyard. She will begin with her HAT and SAT tests next week.

TCSG Güven is the second ship of the four ship programme that will supply Turkish Coast Guard with vessels, that can operate in sea state 5 and higher

These will be the first vessels operated by Turkish Coast Guard that can support helicopter operations.

SG-702 TCSG Güven  
Photo: http://www.denizhaber.com.tr

The backbone of Turkish Coast Guard is made of MRTP class fast interceptors and patrol craft. These boat have excellent speed and maneuverability but they do not have the range or helicopter support facilities required for mission with long range or long duration.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

These ships are the largest vessel Turkish Coast Guard, the future Border Police will operate.

>TCSG Dost Launched

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The first SAR vessel for the Turkish Coast Guard, TCSG Dost SG-701, was launched today. She is been built by RMK shipyard and will be completed in 2011. The second ship, TCSG Güven SG-702 can be seen in the background.

The four ship programme will supply Turkish Coast Guard with four vessels, which will be the largest vessels to be operated.

Turkish Coast Guard does not have a vessel in service that can operate in sea state 5 and higher. None of the existing vessels can support helicopter operations either.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships will have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

Photos from: virahaber.com

>The keel of TCSG Dost laid down

>With a ceremony, the keel of the first search and rescue ship TCSG Dost was laid down.

As the construction of the ship was already started in May 2008, there was no keel laying in traditional sense but block erecting. Her launching is scheduled for May 2010

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The design of these ships is based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri.

With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher.

The photos are from Virahaber.com

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