Turkish Warship Makes Historic Visit to Manila

4:52:00 AM
MANILA, -- A Turkish Navy warship arrived here today for a four day Goodwill Visit marking the first time that a Turkish vessel has ever visited the country.

Ship of the Turkish Republic  or Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Gemisi (TCG) Gediz Frigate (F 495) is headed by Rear Admiral Aydin Sirin, the Chief of Inspection and Evaluation of Turkish Naval Forces. The said ship is in a 122 days deployment which involves a visit to 18 ports in 14 countries that started on April 1, 2015 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of voyage of Frigate Ertugrul from Turkey to Japan that ended tragically when it sank due to a strong typhoon.

Prior its arrival, TCG Gediz was met by a Philippine Navy (PN) vessel Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Bagong Silang Patrol Gunboat (PG 104) in the vicinity of Corregidor Island and escorted it to the designated berthing space. A meeting procedure is a customary navy event observed internationally where the host’s ship meets with the visiting ship and escorts it to their port of call.

The meeting procedure was followed by a port briefing aboard the Turkish vessel by the PN personnel with IMG_8887topics on security, safety, and health.

This friendly visit will also involve the conduct of several activities including courtesy calls to military heads, receptions, ship’s tours, professional exchanges and goodwill games between the PN and Turkish Navy counterparts.

This port visit is expected to enhance and strengthen mutual relationship between the two countries as it offers great liberty and an opportunity for both navies to show friendly aspect with each other.


The Turkish Navy frigate TCG  Gediz (F 495)  docks at the south harbor pier for a 4-day port call upon arrival in Manila June 15, 2015.


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