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Türkiye`s Strategic Power in the Silent Depths: Submarine Fleet Command

In today`s world, submarines maintain their unique strategic position as the only platform capable of conducting long-duration independent operations far from the homeland while hidden from the eyes of their adversaries. This capability is expected to persist for at least the next 30 years, and despite all technological advancements, no breakthrough has been achieved in underwater sensors designed for detecting submarines. Variable sea and environmental conditions, especially in shallow waters, consistently provide submarines with an advantage to maintain their dominant features.

Date: Issue 128 - March 2024 Update: April 20, 2024

The U.S. Navy possesses sufficient technological capability for deep-sea operations in open waters, yet despite the billions of dollars invested and numerous technological products developed, it has not achieved the desired technological level for littoral (coastal/shallow waters) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations. Consequently, operating in relatively shallow waters surrounding our country, such as the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, still involves considerable risks. Operated by a well-trained crew and with stealth as their greatest weapon, submarines continue to stand out as highly deterrent weapons in regional seas. 

Submarines, being the most effective platforms that can provide depth to a country's defence, enable defence beyond the borders, thanks to their potential to change the course of a war. Due to their features that can alter the fate of a conflict, submarines are crucial elements for the deterrence of both the Navy and the country.