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Turkey Selected Sedef Shipyard for LPD Programme

The winner of the tender for Landing Platform Dock Project launched by the Defence Industry Executive Committee at 2005 for covering the demand of the Naval Forces Comm

Issue 49

The LPD Project was launched by Turkey in order to conduct Force Projection and Amphibious Operation tasks at the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea as well as the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Within the scope of the project, 1 Landing Platform Dock (LPD), 4 LCMs (Landing Craft Mechanized), 2 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP), 2 Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and 1 Commander Boat shall be manufactured. 

The vessel to be procured for the LPD Project has administrative and logistical functions in addition to its Force Projection and Amphibious Operation capabilities. The platform will contribute greatly to Turkish Naval Forces with its vehicle and personnel carrier capacity, command control services, night and day helicopter operation capability, fire support and emergency medical service capabilities. Landing Platform Dock could be used for Natural Disaster Aid tasks as well. With its general hospital and surgery room, the platform could be of use as a medical center during natural disasters, humanitarian aid and refugee evacuation operation purposes.

Sedef shipyard has partnered with Navantia for the project and based its offering on the Juan Carlos I design. This vessel visited Istanbul in May 2011 to support the bid.

Turkish Naval Forces Becoming Stronger with LPD 

4 Landing Craft Mechanics (LCM) with a capacity of carrying 1 vessel or 2 Landing Craft Air Cushions with 1 vessel capacity could be located in the pool at the quarterdeck of the platform. The platform shall carry 2 LCVPs, 2 RHIBs and 1 Commander Boat. Vessel’s main features are as follows;

Displacement (estimated) : 19.000 tones

Length (estimated) : 200 meters

Maximum sustained speed : Min 22 knots

Maximum Speed (Full Load) : Min 20 knots

Eco-Spee : Min 16 knots

Range : Min 7000 nautical miles with eco-speed

Nautical Feature: Landing Operation at Sea Status 4, Helicopter Operation at Sea Status  6

Personnel Carrying Capacity:

190 Vessel Personnel

56 Flight Personnel

200 HRF(M) or MHDGG personnel

50 Medical Personnel

700 Amphibious Personnel (when HRF(M) is formed 550 Amphibious Personnel) 

Vehicle Carrying Capacity:

Vehicle Deck: 

13 Vessels

27 Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV)

6 Armored Personnel Carrier

33 Miscellaneous Vehicles

15 Trailers

Helicopter Deck:

4 Helicopters of Minimum 15 tones

Hangar:

4 Helicopters of Minimum 15 tones or 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles