A delivery ceremony for the MRTP24/U New Special Operation Crafts and the MRTP12 Fast Patrol Boats designed and built by Yonca-Onuk Shipyard was made at the DESAN Shipyard facility in Tuzla on 23 August, during the delivery event for new naval systems. These boats had already been delivered to Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC) but an official ceremony was not organized previously.
Yonca-Onuk Shipyard has delivered two MRTP24/U New Special Operation Crafts and eight MRTP12 Fast Patrol Boats to Turkish Naval Forces Command.
The 26.3 meter-long MRTP24/Us will operate with a crew of five, and can carry 16 SAT (underwater attack) commandos and four landing boats (two packed). The 25 mm stabilised turret and the 40 mm grenade launcher installed on the boats have been produced by Kale and ASELSAN, respectively, allowing the boats to provide fire support to SAT teams. The boats are designed to have a low radar cross section, and can reach speeds of 54 knots, with a cruising range of 500 nautical miles (nm).
Another important feature of the MRTP24/Us are the installed systems, which allow the monitoring and transfer of images sent by the SATs.
The 12.65 meter-long MRTP12s will operate with a crew of four. They have a maximum speed of 45 knots, and a cruising range of 150 nm. The boats will be used for the safeguarding of bases and ports, and are armed with a 12.7 mm stabilised turret that has been produced by ASELSAN. The wheelhouse and windows of the boat offer ballistic protection.
Technology Leader in the Sector
In his speech during the ceremony, Şakir Yılmaztürk, Chairman of the Board at Yonca-Onuk Shipyard, said: “We are creating our own concept with our devoted team, of which we are very proud. We are developing our own technologies, and always searching for perfection … With more than 160 latest technology high-speed vessels being used by 11 different organisations in nine countries, the Yonca-Onuk JV is known as a technology leader in the sector.”
Yılmaztürk, providing information about the boats, said that the MRTP24/Us are able to cross the Aegean Sea, from east to west, within 1.5 hours.
At the end of the ceremony, speaking during the presentation of memorial gifts, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “With these masterpieces, Yonca-Onuk is contributing to the reputation of our country not only nationally, but also in the international arena.” and thanked Mr. Yılmaztürk.