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TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400)

Helicopter Carrier / Amphibious Assault Ship

Turkiye | 2023

"The Anadolu was formally commissioned into Turkish Naval service in April of 2023."

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It was revealed in January of 2016 that Ankara is readying itself for its first-ever, homegrown aircraft carrier as a power-projecting measure and to support growing military aspirations in the region. The warship is currently titled the TCG Anadolu ("Anatolia") and will most likely take on the form and function of conventionally-powered helicopter carriers / amphibious assault vessels already in service with nations such as France. It is projected that the Anadolu will enter formal service in or around 2021. The 1 billion dollar project is set to include Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. It is said that the idea for a Turkish carrier was being developed as early as 2006.

As an active member of NATO, Turkey is a recognized military power with good reason to invest in modernizing its forces and expanding its regional capabilities as there remains instability for its nearby neighbors that include Cyprus, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Iraq - some activities having already spilled across Turkish borders. The primary mission of the Anadolu will be to support amphibious operations by launching landing craft and aircraft simultaneously - akin in mission scope to the United States Navy's Landing Platform Dock (LPD) family of modern warships. The watercraft will take armored vehicles, troops and supplies from ship-to-shore while its air arm will feature a mixed stock of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing systems providing air cover.

As it stands, the vessel will sport a length of 740 feet and feature a displacement of 28,000 tons. It will provide facilities to house up to 1,400 personnel (including all crew, airmen and maintenance staff as well as combat infantry) and support dozens of wounded through full onboard medical services - adding a humanitarian support role to the vessel's inherent capabilities. The air arm is also set to include support for the incoming fleet of Lockheed F-35 "Lightning II" strike fighters (detailed elsewhere on this site) to serve alongside a new generation of indigenous Turkish attack helicopter (the "TAI T-129 ATAK"). There will also be inherent provisions for transporting and launching combat tanks (the Altay MBT is assumed) and watercraft, the latter to service special forces activities when needed.

The Turkish Navy follows Chinese aspirations to field a full-fledged aircraft carrier solution - the aircraft carrier remains the modern symbol of strength on the world's oceans. The United States showcases the largest fleet of aircraft carriers in the world as a result - many of its primary "supercarrier" types being nuclear powered and home to thousands of personnel.

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April 2023 - TCG Anadolu (L-400) was formally commissioned into service on April 10th, 2023.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400).
5 x Navantia MAN diesel generators developing 11,000 horsepower each with 2 x Siemens SIPOD engines of 15,000 horsepower; 2 x Bow thrusters of 2,000 horsepower each; 2 x Shafts astern.
21.0 kts
24.2 mph
Surface Speed
8,690 nm
10,000 miles | 16,093 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400).
761.0 ft
231.95 meters
O/A Length
105.0 ft
32.00 meters
22.7 ft
6.92 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400).
1 x RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher.
2 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWSs).
5 x 25mm Aselsan STOP Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWSs).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400).
12 x Lockheed F-35 "Lightning II" strike fighters OR medium-lift navy helicopters OR Medium-to-Large-class Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Bayraktar TB3) as needed.
Ships-in-Class (2)
Notable series variants as part of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400) family line as relating to the Anadolu-class group.
TCG Anadolu (L-400); TCG Trakya (L-401)
Global operator(s) of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Sedef Shipbuilding, Incorporated - Turkey
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Image of the TCG Anadolu (Anatolia) (L-400)
Public Release image from SEDEF.

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