A-class minehunter (Turkey)

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Amasra (M266)
Class overview
Builders: Lürssen
Abeking & Rasmussen
Istanbul Naval Yard
Operators:  Turkish Navy
In commission: 2005–present
Building: 0
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: Minehunter
Displacement: 650 t
Length: 54.4 m (178 ft)
Beam: 9.2 m (30 ft)
Draft: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel-engines, 2040 kW each

2 × electric motors for slow and silent maneuvering
2 × Renk PLS 25 E gearboxes

2 × controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 kn (33 km/h)
Complement: 41
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × Marconi 2093 VDS mine hunting sonar
DRBN 32 navigation radar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
2 × Barricade chaff and flare launcher
Armament: 1 × 30 mm gun

2 × 12.7 mm machine gun
2 × PAP-105 Mk5 mine hunting system

Mine laying capabilities
Notes: mine diver equipment, decompression chamber

The A Class is a class of minehunter vessels in the Turkish Navy. In 1999, the German shipyards Lürssen and Abeking & Rasmussen were contracted to build six Frankenthal class ships for the Turkish Navy, a business worth US$630 million. While the first vessel was built in Germany, later ships were constructed by the Istanbul Naval Shipyard.[1]

The Turkish Navy has become the second naval force in the world, after the German Navy, to utilize a non-magnetic steel hull in its minehunter vessels.

Name shipyard commissioned
M265 Alanya Abeking & Rasmussen, Lürssen 26 July 2005
M266 Amasra Istanbul Naval Shipyard 26 July 2005
M267 Ayvalık Istanbul Naval Shipyard 22 June 2007
M268 Akçakoca Istanbul Naval Shipyard 17 September 2007
M269 Anamur Istanbul Naval Shipyard
M270 Akçay Istanbul Naval Shipyard


  1. ^ "Mine Warfare Ships". Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 

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