Future amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu to be launched at the end of the year

According to a tweet published by Ismail Demir on September 17, 2022, the amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu, which has started its sea trials, will be launched at the end of this year.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Future Turkish Navy's amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu (Picture source: Twitter account of Ismail Demir)

Anadolu (L-400) is an amphibious assault ship of the Turkish Navy that can be configured as a STOVL aircraft carrier. The construction works began on 30 April 2016 at the shipyard of Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. in Istanbul, with the keel being laid on 7 February 2018, and is expected to be commissioned in 2022.

The vessel is intended to meet the various needs and requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, such as sustaining long-endurance, long-distance military combat, or humanitarian relief operations; while acting as a command center and flagship for the Turkish Navy.

The Sedef–Navantia consortium won the tender for the amphibious assault ship project of the Turkish Navy and Anadolu will use the same design as that of the Spanish ship Juan Carlos I.

The dimensions of the final design are 231 meters (757 ft 10 in) in length, a 32-meter (105 ft 0 in) beam, a 6.8-meter (22 ft 4 in) draft, and 58 meters (190 ft 3 in) in height.

The displacement of TCG Anadolu will be 24,660 tons in the "STOVL aircraft carrier" mission configuration; or 27,079 tons in the "amphibious assault ship" mission configuration.

Its maximum speed will be 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph) in "STOVL aircraft carrier" configuration; or 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph) in "amphibious assault ship" configuration. Its maximum range will be 9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km; 10,000 mi) at an economical speed.

The ship has a 5,440 m2 (58,600 sq ft) flight deck and a 990 m2 (10,700 sq ft) aviation hangar which can accommodate either 12 medium-sized helicopters or 8 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

When the aviation hangar and the light cargo garage are unified, the ship can carry up to 25 medium-sized helicopters. Alternatively, the ship can carry up to 10 F-35B STOVL fighter jets and 12 medium-sized helicopters, with the possibility of hosting six more helicopters on the flight deck of the ship.

The ship has a 1,880 m2 (20,200 sq ft) light cargo garage for TEU containers and 27 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV); a 1,165 m2 (12,540 sq ft) dock which can host four Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) or two Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), or two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP); and a 1,410 m2 (15,200 sq ft) garage for heavy loads, which can host 29 main battle tanks (MBT), Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and TEU containers.

The ship will be protected by the ARAS-2023 diver detection sonar (DDS) and will have a crew consisting of 261 personnel: 30 officers, 49 NCOs, 59 leading seamen, and 123 ratings.