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Naval Aviation

Current Title: Turk Donanma Havaciligi
Title in English: Turkish Naval Air Command
Abbreviation: TDH


Narrative Summary:
Established 1971.
Key Dates:
1971    Turkish naval air arm established

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Four Sikorsky CH-60B (MCH-60S) are on order for utility transport duties.
Another 8 SH-60B have been ordered, to bring the total to 16. The SH-60Bs will re-equip 351 Filo.
Additional SH-60/CH-60s are required to reach a total of 30 helicopters.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Turkish Navy serial numbers consist of the letters TCB- and a two- or three-digit individual number, e.g. SH-60B TCB-53.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Inonu Bulvari, Ankara.

Current Organisational Structure:
Naval aviation is divided into two Filosu (squadrons) - a fixed-wing unit and a helicopter unit.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Topel and Karamürsel.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main base, a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Navy.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


Turkish Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.157
World Air Power Journal No.17 p.154
World Air Power Journal No.19 p.30,33


wikipedia: Turkish Navy

Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy


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Copyright 1995 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk