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TCG Akcay (M270)

Mine Hunter / Mine Countermeasures Vessel

Turkiye | 2009

"TCG Akcay is a modern Turkish Navy mine-hunter based in an original German design."

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TCG Akcay (M270) is a mine countermeasures vessel serving the modern Turkish Navy. The 650 ton (short) ship is part of the Aydin-class (also known as the "A-class") built in Germany and Turkey to form a class of six-strong. This adds to the eleven total mine warfare vessels currently fielded by the branch, making it one of the largest such fleets in the world.

The class was born in a 1999 initiative in which the Turkish government contracted Abeking & Rasmussen and Lurssen shipyards to build six hulls in the Frankenthal-class standard. These were German-originated minehunters through-and-through and twelve vessels were eventually completed to serve in the navies of Germany, Indonesia, the UAE, and Turkey itself. Commissioned service of the lot began in 1992. While the first vessel (M265) was completed in German waters, the final five forms were constructed by the Istanbul Naval Shipyard. The first two vessels were commissioned into the Turkish Navy in July of 2005.

TCG Akcay is the last ship of the series to have been completed.

The warship sports an overall length of 178 feet, has a beam of 30 feet, and a draught of relatively shallow measure at just 8.5 feet. Propulsion is through 2 x MTU 16V 538 TB91 marine diesels mated to 2 x Renk PLS 25E transmission systems with 2 x Electric motors for fine maneuvering. A pair of controllable-pitch propellers are provided.

Maximum speed under ideal conditions is 18 knots.

The profile of the vessel sees most of the details of the ship presented ahead of midships. The smoke funnels are of a low profile, enclosed design found just aft of midships. The main mast towers high above the middle of the vessel. The hull line is unbroken from bow to stern though stepped at midships leading out to the lower stern section (to which a crane is fitted).

Aboard is a complement of forty-one. The ship is fielded with the Marconi 2093 VDS mine-hunting sonar system. It also carries the DRBN 32 series navigation radar and has 2 x "Barricade" chaff and flare dispensers. Beyond this, the hull is equipped with a complete decompression chamber, powered crane, and diving equipment.

Armament is 1 x 30mm automatic cannon with 2 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) as well as the 2 x PAP-105 Mk.5 mine-hunting system.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for TCG Akcay (M270).
2 x MTU 16V538TB91 marine diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern; 2 x Electric motors.
18.0 kts
20.7 mph
Surface Speed
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of TCG Akcay (M270).
178.0 ft
54.25 meters
O/A Length
30.0 ft
9.14 meters
8.5 ft
2.59 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of TCG Akcay (M270).
1 x 30mm deck gun.
2 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
2 x PAP-105 Mk.5 mine-hunting system.
Ships-in-Class (6)
Notable series variants as part of the TCG Akcay (M270) family line as relating to the Aydin-class (A-class) group.
TCG Alanya (M265); TCG Amasra (M266); TCG Ayvalik (M267); TCG Akcakoca (M268); TCG Anamur (M269); TCG Akcay (M270)
Global operator(s) of the TCG Akcay (M270). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Istanbul Naval Yard - Turkey
National flag of Turkey

[ Turkey (Turkiye) ]
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Image of the TCG Akcay (M270)
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Mission Roles
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