Turkish first type 214 class submarine
Turkey’s first Type 214 class submarine TCG Piri Reis hit the seas on December 22 with a ceremony held in the Northwestern province of Kocaeli’s Gölcük district.
TCG Piri Reis, the first vessel of Turkey’s New Type Submarine Project, is planned to start operating in 2020.
The Type 214 class vessels are regarded as a first for the Turkish Navy due to its air-independent propulsion characteristics brought by their fuel cell technology.
Apart from Piri Reis, five more vessels of the project are expected to hit the seas by 2027, providing an upper hand to Turkish naval forces.