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The Turkish Navy's Quest for Modernization

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The Turkish Navy has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and the Navy Directorate NAD of ODC Turkey has played a major role in this modernization program. The construction of new frigates and submarines, and the acquisition of ex-Knox class frigates obtained through lease from the United States, have virtually remade the Turkish Navy into a modern force, capable of extended operations in support of national and NATO missions, and in support of these vessels, Turkey has often sought the quality, reliability, supportability, and advanced technology of U.S. systems through FMS cases managed by ODC Turkey. Future years will see continued modernization through new construction, possible leases of former U.S. ships, upgrades of existing ships, and continuing support for all systems, whether or not from U.S. sources. With four U.S. Navy officers, a Captain, Commander, and two Lieutenant Commanders, NAD manages over 250 FMS cases worth almost one billion dollars. In addition to maintaining close liaison with the Turkish Navy, NAD works with the U.S. Naval Air and Sea Systems Commands, the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity, the American Embassy in Ankara, many private contractors, and of course, the Navy International Programs Office in Washington, DC, to assist Turkey in the modernization of its naval forces. The ODC Turkey Navy Directorate will continue to play an important role in future modernization for the Turkish Navy with several initiatives already underway. These include the transfer of excess training devices the direct commercial sale of S-70B Seahawk helicopters coproduction of several ship classes, including frigates, patrol boats, and mine warfare ships the installation of a submarine satellite communication system oversight of an Oceanographic Data Exchange Agreement DEA with the U.S. Navy and continued upgrades for equipment already delivered.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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