Yavuz-class frigate

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Turgutreis F241.jpg
F-241 TCG Turgut Reis, a Yavuz class (MEKO 200TN Track I) frigate of the Turkish Navy, in Cartagena, Spain.
Class overview
Name: Yavuz, MEKO 200 TN
Operators:  Turkish Navy
Succeeded by: Barbaros-class frigate
In commission: 1987 - present
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 3030 tons full load
Length: 110.50 m
Beam: 13.25 m
Draught: 3.94 m
Installed power: 2 MTU 20V 1163 diesel-engines, 40,000 hp
Propulsion: 2 shaft, controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 27 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,000 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 180 (29 officers, 151 enlisted men)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar
  • TM 1126
  • AWS-6
  • HSA D08
  • HSA STIR 124
  • Sonar
  • SQS-56,
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Rapid/Rameses suite, Mk 36 decoy
Aviation facilities:

The Yavuz-class are a group of four frigates that were built for the Turkish Navy. They were designed in Germany and are part of the MEKO family of modular warships; in this case the MEKO 200 design. Two ships were built in Germany and two in Turkey with German assistance. They are similar in design to the larger Barbaros-class frigates of the Turkish Navy, which are improved versions of the Yavuz-class frigate.

The Turkish Navy has an ongoing procurement project for an Electronic Warfare Suite. The intent is to locally produced the ECM, ECCM systems, active decoys, LWR’s, IRST and the necessary user interface systems.[1]

An order for ships was signed by the Turkish government in April 1983 for two MEKO class frigates to be built in Germany and two to be built in Turkey.[2]


Ship Namesake Builder Launched Commissioned Status
Yavuz (F-240) Sultan Selim I "Yavuz" Blohm + Voss, Hamburg 7 November 1985 17 July 1987 In Service 2015
Turgutreis (F-241) Turgut Reis Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel 30 May 1986 4 February 1988 In Service 2015
Fatih (F-242) Sultan Mehmed II "Fatih" Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 24 April 1987 22 July 1988 In Service 2015
Yıldırım (F-243) Sultan Bayezid I "Yıldırım" Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 22 July 1988 21 July 1989 In Service 2015
Sailors from USS Taylor (FFG-50) preparing to board TCG Yavuz (F-240), a Yavuz class (MEKO 200 TN Track I) frigate of the Turkish Navy, during the NATO exercise Sea Breeze 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yavuz Class (MEKO 200 Track I)". Bosphorous Naval News. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yavuz/Barbaros class frigates". globalsecurity.org. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.