The November 30th Winter Supreme Military Council chaired by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is set to discuss an aircraft carrier warship project which will take precedence in the Turkish Armed Forces' ten year strategy. The Supreme Military Council, which will be dealing with TAF's battle preparedness and necessities, will also be assessing a file on acquiring an aircraft carrier warship. The subject is also expected be on the agenda of the Defense Industry Executive Committee in December. Plans are for the Turkish Naval Forces to acquire a 140-meter long, 24,000 ton landing platform dock, or LPD, which will function as an offshore naval base.
TO BE USED NOT IN TIMES OF WAR
The aircraft carrier is anticipated to increase access and transportation and will be used primarily for combatant purposes. The building of the aircraft will cost nearly 1.5 billion dollars (2.7 billion TL) and will take up to five years, with the vessel being included in the fleet in six to seven years time after a series of tests are completed. This type of warship, which only exists in seven naval forces in the world, including the United States, Britain, France and Holland, will function as a sort of floating military.
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