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TCG Turgutries (F-241)

Frigate Warship [ 1988 ]

TCG Turgutries F-241 makes up one-fourth of the active Yavus-class of fighting frigates of the modern Turkish Navy.

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The modern Turkish Navy currently (2023) fields three different classes of frigate warships - the Gabya-class (former USN Oliver Hazard Perry-class), the Barbaros/Salihreis-class built in Germany and Turkey, and the Yavuz-class, the oldest collection of the group. TCG Turgutreis (F241) was built to the Yavuz-class of which four total hulls were completed (F240, F241, F242, and F243). These 3,300 tonne warships were respectively launched in 1987, 1988, 1988, and 1989. For her part in the story, Turgutreis was launched on May 30th, 1986, was formally commissioned into service on February 4th, 1988, and maintains an active status in the Turkish surface fleet.

TCG Turgutreis was one of the two ships of the class (joining Yavuz) to be built in Germany by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Kiel. She displaces 3,030 tons under full load, has a running length of 362.5 feet, a beam of 43.5 feet, and a draught of 12.9 feet. Power is from 4 x MTU 20V1163 marine diesels outputting 30,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts in a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement. This arrangement gives the warship headway speeds of up to 27 knots and range out to 4,000 nautical miles.

Aboard is a complement of 180 to include 29 officers. The ship is outfitted with the TM1126, AWS-6, HAS D08, and HAS STIR 124 radar systems to help deal with most at-sea threats, be they from the air, the surface, or undersea. The Electronic Warfare (EW) suite is in the process of being modernized to help extend the ship's sea-going service life. The sonar fit is the SQS-56 series.

The ship is armed through 1 x 5" /54 caliber turreted deck gun, 2 x Mk 141 RGM-84 "Harpoon" quadruple missile launchers (anti-ship), 1 x Mk.21 RIM-7 "Sea Sparrow" Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher (16 reloads), 3 x 25mm Oerlikon Contraves "Sea Zenith" Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), and 2 x Mk.32 triple torpedo tubes. Furthering its offensive capabilities is support for a single AB212 (or similar) medium-lift navalized helicopter launched and retrieved from the stern helipad.

Turgutreis has led a relatively quiet service life since inception. However, as the hull life of the class continues to show wear-and-tear after decades of service on the high seas, the class as a whole is expected to be succeeded by the incoming Istanbul-class guided-missile frigate design detailed elsewhere on the Military Factory.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

Turkey national flag graphic

In Active Service.


TCG Yavuz (F-240); TCG Turgutries (F-241); TCG Fatih (F-242); TCG Yildirim (F-243)

National flag of Turkey Turkey (Turkiye)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

362.5 ft
110.49 m
43.5 ft
13.24 m
13.0 ft
3.95 m

Installed Power: CODAD (COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel): 4 x MTU 20V 1163 marine diesel engines developing 30,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts under stern.
Surface Speed
27.0 kts
(31.1 mph)
4,002 nm
(4,605 mi | 7,411 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 5" /54 caliber turreted deck gun.
8 x RGM-84 "Harpoon" anti-ship missiles fitted to 2 x Mk.141 quadruple launchers.
16 x RIM-7 "Sea Sparrow" medium-ranged surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) fired from 1 x Mk.21 launcher.
3 x 25mm Oerlikon Contraves "Sea Zenith" Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes supporting Mk.32 torpedo family.

Supported Types

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1 x Agusta-Bell Model 212 navy helicopter supported from a stern-based helipad.

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