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We present our comprehensive interview with Gendarmerie Pilot Colonel Ruhi YÜKSEL, the Commander of the Support Group at the Gendarmerie Aviation Department, discussing the maintenance and repair capabilities of the Gendarmerie Aviation Department, ongoing maintenance activities for the existing aircraft in the inventory, and on the Çelik Kanatlar Hangar (of which an official inauguration ceremony was held on March 31, 2022 helicopter aerobatic team), Turkey`s largest reinforced concrete hangar that can hold 18 aircraft at the same time.

Date: Issue 125 - August 2023 Update: July 21, 2024

Defence Turkey: Can we begin our interview by getting information about the organizational structure of the Support Group Command and the services it provides to the units of the Gendarmerie Aviation Department?

Colonel Ruhi YÜKSEL: Within the structure of the Support Group Command, there are the Group Headquarters, Maintenance Command, Depot Command, and Support Battalion Command. The Support Group Command is responsible for the aircraft maintenance, spare parts procurement, and logistical activities of the Gendarmerie Aviation Department. Additionally, the service and guard platoons under the Support Companies carry out the management and guard duties of all buildings and facilities under the department.