Turkish shipping industry blossomed over 16 years: Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at launch ceremony for test and training ship in Istanbul
By Sena Guler
Turkey's shipping industry has blossomed over the last 16 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
"The Turkish shipping industry has blown the cobwebs away and blossomed again over the last 16 years," Erdogan said at the launch ceremony in Tuzla, Istanbul of a new test and training ship, the Ufuk (A-591).
"In today’s world, where preventative intelligence, especially signals intelligence, has gained vital importance, I believe the
He added that Turkey is one of the leading countries in the Mediterranean in both building and maintaining ships.
“Along with its own needs, Turkey also builds
Erdogan said the Ufuk is the first intel vessel produced using national resources and abilities, and technology few countries in the world possess.
“The Ufuk corvette will be able to immediately detect threats to our national security, including international waters, for 45 days without pause and in harsh climates and maritime conditions,” he said.
The Ufuk is the fifth ship in MILGEM -- Turkey's first indigenous warship program – and it spans 99.5 meters (326 feet) in length and 14.4 meters (42 feet) in width.
On Turkey’s fight against terrorism, Erdogan said: "Over the last three years, we have scored many large successes against terror groups, especially Daesh and the PKK, who target our citizens’ lives and try to divide our country."
He added that all of the terrorist groups which shed the blood of Muslims, from Daesh to al-Qaeda, carry Western-made weapons.
"The PYD/YPG murderers carrying out a genocide in northern Syria have our allies’ rockets, bombs
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.