President Erdoğan: "While the vital role we play in NATO and other international organizations of which we are members is obvious, we are still talking about lifting sanctions with some of our allies, especially we cannot put aside the current sanctions against us by Sweden." said. In his speech at the Hızırreis Submarine Towing and Selmanreis Submarine First Welding Ceremony at Gölcük Shipyard Command, Erdoğan said, “We are planning to put our Hızırreis submarine into service in 2023, and Selmanreis in 2027. As of this year, we will put one of our submarines into service every year and we will add 2027 new type submarines to our navy until 6. kazanwe will be gone.” used the expressions.
Commemorating the polar stars of Turkish maritime navy Captain-i Derya Hızır Reis Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha and Selman Reis with mercy, President Erdoğan also expressed his mercy and gratitude to all the heroes who were martyred while fighting for the independence of the homeland, the safety and peace of the nation, on land, in the air and at sea. begged forgiveness.
Wishing success to the soldiers who are serving selflessly inside and outside the borders, President Erdoğan said that Hızırreis, the second submarine of the new type submarine project, will be shot into the pool and the first welding of the 6th submarine, Selmanreis, will be carried out.
Expressing that the new type of submarines are impressive in terms of their technical features, President Erdoğan continued as follows:
“Weighing 1856 tons on the surface and 2 thousand 42 tons when submerged, our submarines can go to depths of more than 300 meters. Our submarines, which can operate under water for 3 days, can stay in the water for 12 weeks without resupply. Equipped with effective weapons against underwater, surface and land targets, submarines are capable of firing various types of torpedoes, missiles and laying mines. We integrate our national torpedo Akya and our national anti-ship missile Atmaca to our submarines with air-independent propulsion capability. In our new type of submarine project, we aim to deliver the first submarine Pirireis to our Naval Forces Command this year. We are planning to put the Hızırreis submarine into service in 2023 and Selmanreis in 2027, which we are shooting into the pool today. As of this year, we will put one of our submarines into service every year and we will add 2027 new type submarines to our navy until 6. kazanwe will be gone.”
President Erdoğan noted that in this critical project, approximately 30 local companies assumed responsibility with their designs and productions for the submarine platform and underwater technology.
In addition, stating that many companies contribute to the production process of submarines as subcontractors, President Erdoğan thanked everyone who contributed to the construction of these submarines that will strengthen the power in the seas.
“We are starting the construction of MILDEN in 2025 at Gölcük Shipyard”
President Erdoğan continued his speech as follows:
“We care about these achievements, which were not even dreamed of 15-20 years ago, but we do not consider them sufficient. We are trying to maximize our localization rates at every stage of defense products, from design to manufacturing. We started research and development activities for the development and use of existing systems in Reis class submarines. We give priority to the development of domestic and national fuel cells, main electric motors, batteries and various types of sonar. As in our other defense industry moves, our goal is to realize our national submarine project. Our preparations for our national submarine MİLDEN, which will be of national design and weight of national systems, continue at full speed. Hopefully, we will start the construction of MILDEN in 2025 at Gölcük Shipyard.”
President Erdoğan said, “As a country that pays a price for NATO, we want to see concrete steps rather than open-ended diplomatic statements regarding our national security. We believe that an enlargement policy in which basic security sensitivities are not observed will do no good for us or NATO.” said.
President Erdoğan said that they will use the experience they gained during the manufacturing phase of 6 Reis class submarines in the national submarine production process.
“We are planning to deliver our national submarine to our Navy within 5-6 years.” President Erdoğan wished success to the companies, official institutions, engineers and workers involved in the MİLDEN Project.
President Erdoğan said, “We are a nation that has 'passed through the circle of fate', as the ancients put it. At no time in our history have we had an opportunity without effort, effort and without paying a price. Including the homeland we live on today. Each kazanWe have fought very hard for our lives. From Manzikert to Çanakkale and the National Struggle, we have triumphed with our lives and blood in all attacks against our independence and our future in every period of history. In this struggle we have been continuing against separatist terrorism for the last 40 years, we have buried thousands of children of our country in the prime of their lives. We have succeeded despite the betrayals of the countries we know as friends and the treachery of the allies, especially the states with which they have relations.” he said.
“We will continue to make history in the defense industry”
Explaining that they equipped the built and modernized sea vehicles with weapons, radar, communication and electronic systems, President Erdoğan said:
“Our country is currently among the 10 countries in the world that can nationally design, build and maintain a warship. All these activities are realized with the harmonious work of our Defense Industry Presidency, our army, shipyards, universities, private sector and especially our SMEs, which we strengthen with our personal support. Hopefully, we will continue to make history in the defense industry by preserving this synergy and working in full harmony between public and private. We will not stop until we make Turkey one of the strongest countries in the world in this field.”
Wishing the submarines to be beneficial to Turkey and the navy, President Erdoğan congratulated all institutions and contractors who contributed.
President Erdoğan added that he will attend the funeral of Sude Naz Akkuş, whom they took the last technical steps here and sent off to eternity in Kartepe, on his way back from the ceremony in Adana today.
Notes from the ceremony
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler, Naval Forces Commander Admiral Adnan Özbal, Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Presidency Defense Industry Head İsmail Demir, MHP Kocaeli Deputy Saffet Sancaklı, Gölcük Shipyard Commander Rear Admiral Mustafa Saygılı attended the ceremony.
After the band arrived at the ceremony site, the National Anthem was sung, and a submarine construction video was watched at the ceremony.
After his speech, President Erdoğan made the first welding of the Selmanreis Submarine. President Erdoğan and his entourage posed for a souvenir photo afterwards.
After the permission of President Erdoğan, the shooting process of the Hızırreis Submarine, which was given a ready report, was started.
After the ceremony, a picture and model of the Hızırreis Submarine was presented to President Erdoğan.
Before leaving the ceremony area, President Erdoğan said, “Dear friends, all my brothers and sisters working here, this nation will never forget your efforts. Especially as long as these works remain, you will always be remembered in our memories. On this occasion, on behalf of myself and my nation, I would like to express my gratitude to you again. I entrust you to God.” used the expressions.