Surface Forces: August 5, 2002


Turkey has received the second and third of six used A69 frigates purchased from France. These are named the Bozcaada, Bodrum, and Bandirma. The six ships were intended to be only a stopgap until the new class of eight MilGem corvettes could be built, but that project has been delayed indefinitely due to the Turkish budget crisis.--Stephen V Cole




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