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TCG Heybeliada (F-511)

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Commander waves to the F-511 TCG Heybeliada during an exercise with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross
Name: TCG Heybeliada
Namesake: Heybeliada
Laid down: 26 July 2005
Launched: 27 September 2008
Commissioned: 27 September 2011
Identification: F-511
Nickname(s): Ghost of the Seas[1]
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ada-class corvette
Displacement: 2,300 tonnes
Length: 99.56 m (326.6 ft)
Beam: 14.40 m (47.2 ft)
Draught: 3.89 m (12.8 ft)
Installed power: 30,000 kW (40,000 shp) (CODAG)
Propulsion: 1 gas turbine, 2 diesels, 2 shafts
  • Economy 15 knots (28 km/h)
  • Maximum 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) at 15 knots
  • 21 days with logistic support
  • 10 days autonomous
Complement: 93 including aviation officers, with accommodation for up to 106
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • SMART-S Mk2 search radar
  • Sonar, GPS, LAN, ECDIS
  • UniMACS 3000 IPMS
  • X-band radar, Fire control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

Aselsan ARES-2N

Others: Laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, SSTD
Aviation facilities:
Notes: Capability of storing armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling (HIRF) and maintenance systems

TCG Heybeliada (F-511) is the lead ship of the Ada-class ASW corvettes of the Turkish Navy. TCG Heybeliada was named after Heybeliada Island, where the Turkish Naval High School is located. Heybeliada Island is part of the Prince Islands archipelago in the Sea of Marmara, to the southeast of Istanbul.

Designed, developed and built by the Tuzla (Istanbul) Naval Shipyard as a part of the MILGEM project, it was laid down on 22 January 2007, launched on 27 September 2008, and commissioned on 27 September 2011.


Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command started construction of the TCG Heybeliada on 22 January 2007. Sailed out for initial sea trials in 2008, she was officially commissioned by the Turkish Navy and entered navy service on 27 September 2011.[2] Since her commissioning, her longest voyage has been 2013 Mediterranean cruise.[3] This journey took the vessel to the ports of Alexandria,[1] Tripoli, Libya,[4] Algiers,[5] La Goulette,[6] Casablanca,[7] and Durres.[8] Throughout the vagaries of her service career, the vessel has received the moniker the "Ghost of the Seas".[1]


TCG Heybeliada has a displacement of 2,300 tons,[9] is 99.56 metres (326.6 ft) in length,[10] 14.4 metres (47 ft) in beam,[10] and has a draft of 3.89 metres (12.8 ft).[10] She is powered by two diesel engines and a gas turbine, with a power of 30,000 kilowatts (40,000 hp), driving two propellers, and is capable of speeding up to 29 knots (54 km/h).[11] She has a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), and has an endurance of 21 days with logistical support and ten days while operating autonomously.[11] She has a crew of 93, with space for up to 106.[11]

TCG Heybeliada is equipped with GENESIS combat management system that controls search and navigation radars, electronic warfare suits, weapons, countermeasures, communication devices, underwater and onboard sensors.[11] The ship is armed with a single Otobreda 76 mm gun, two Aselsan STAMP 12.7-millimetre (0.50 in) guns, eight Harpoon missiles, 21 Rolling Airframe Missiles and two 324-millimetre (12.8 in) Mark 32 triple launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes.[12] Electronic warfare systems include a dedicated EW radar, laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, and an SSTD system.[11] Communication and navigation systems involve satellite communication, X-band, navigation, fire control and LPI radar, ECDIS, GPS and LAN infrastructure.[11] The radar suite is the SMART-S Mk2, built by Thales.[13] The ship is fitted with sonar developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.[12] The whole platform is managed by an advanced integrated platform management system.[11]

The ship is capable of carrying Sikorsky S-70 helicopter or unmanned aircraft, along with the associated armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling systems and maintenance facilities.[11]

The ship serves as the lead vessel of the Ada-class ASW corvettes. She derives her name from Heybeliada Island, a part of the Prince Islands archipelago in the Sea of Marmara, to the southeast of Istanbul.[14]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alexandria Port News". Port of Alexandria. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Turkey Introduces First Domestically Produced Warship Heybeliada". Shipbuilding Tribune. 28 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mediterranean Cruise of the Heybeliada". Turkish Navy. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Heybeliada visits Tripoli". Libya Herald. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Heybeliada accoste au port d'Alger". Algeriesoir. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Turkish military ship docks in La Goulette". AllAfrica. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Heybeliada en rade port de Casablanca". Menara. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Heybeliada besucht Durres". Albania News. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Turkey to unveil its own made warships". Turkish Weekly. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "MILGEM class corvette brochure". Hosted by Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri". Global Security. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Milgem-class". Naval Technology. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Turkish Navy purchases Thales sensors". Thales. 19 December 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Heybeliada Profile". Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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