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TCG Anadolu to Be Launched

TCG Anadolu to Be Launched 1 May, 2019

Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) TCG Anadolu (L400) will be launched on 4 May 2019. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, a launch ceremony is not planned. The ship will not be launched using slideways as is the tradition. TCG Anadolu is currently balanced on wedges called “Keel Blocks” in a dry dock. This dry dock will sink into the water and the ship will meet the sea. However, after this process, TCG Anatolia will be taken back to the dry dock. After the ship is built, the integration of the systems will start. During this process, the weight point of the ship will change. It will be possible to relocate the wedges according to the new centre of gravity with the ship launched.

The recent fire on the ship will have no impact on the programme. According to information obtained, the work has been accelerated to deliver the vessel to the force ahead of schedule.

The ship, which was built at Sedef Shipyard, is intended to be put into service at the Naval Forces Command in 2021. TCG Anatolia, which is planned to be used as a Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship, will be able to bring 1 amphibious battalion to the desired region without the need of communication, combat and support tools normally required.

The ship alone can carry a significant military force thousands of kilometres away.

Special Report from C4Defence. It can be published only if the source is cited.

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