By G9ija

With the contract signed between the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Presidency of Defence Industries and STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik)  on December 30, 2016, the first works on the Test and Training Ship project, of which STM are the main contractor, were started in May 2017.

After the completion of the construction process in the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, the Test and Training Ship TCG Ufuk (A-591) was launched with a ceremony held on February 9, 2019. The ship is planned to be used in the testing and training needs as well as signal and electronic intelligence missions of the Turkish Naval Forces. The Test and Training Ship TCG Ufuk (A-591) is designed using the hull form of the MİLGEM Ada Class Corvette.

The ship, which will be the first intelligence ship in Turkey, is projected to be delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces Command in 2020 with 99.5 meters of overall length, 14.4 meters of maximum width, 2,400 tons of displacement and 3.6 meters of draft, and the necessary platform for a 10-ton helicopter. 

With a total power of about 8600 kWh, 18+ knots can reach maximum speed. The A-591 Ufuk has the capacity to travel continuously for 45 days, including international waters, in severe climates and sea conditions.