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Barbaros-class frigate
TCG Oruç Reis (F245).jpg
F-247 TCG Oruç Reis at HNB Portsmouth, England.
Class overview
Name: Barbaros, MEKO 200 TN-II
Builders: Blohm + Voss
Gölcük Naval Shipyard
Operators:  Turkish Navy
Preceded by: Yavuz class frigate
Subclasses: Salihreis class
In commission: 1997 - present
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 3,100 tons standard
3,350 tons full load
Length: 116.7 metres (383 ft) (F244, F245)
118.0 metres (387.1 ft) (F246, F247)
Beam: 14.8 metres (49 ft)
Draught: 4.25 metres (13.9 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft CODOG, controllable pitch propellers ,
2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines 60,000 hp
2 MTU 20V 1163 diesel-engines, 13,060 hp (9,740 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph) on gas turbine
22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) on diesel only
Range: 4,100 nautical miles (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 24 officers, 156 enlisted men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Decca 2040 BT
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Racal Cutlass, Racal Scorpion, Mk 36 decoy

2 x Mk 141 quad-pack Launcher for 8 x RGM-84 Harpoon
1 x Mk 41 Mod 8 VLS[1] for 16 x RIM-162 ESSM Sea Sparrow PDMS (SAM)
1 x 5 inch /54 gun
3 x Oerlikon Contraves Sea Zenith 25mm CIWS gun systems

2 x Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube sets
Aircraft carried: 1 x S-70B Seahawk or AB 212 ASW helicopters
Aviation facilities: Hangar and platform

The Barbaros-class frigates are the most modern frigates in the Turkish Navy. They were designed in Germany and are part of the MEKO group of modular warships, in this case the MEKO 200 design. Two ships were built in Germany and two in Turkey with German assistance. They are larger than the previous Yavuz class frigates and are also faster due to using CODOG machinery rather than pure diesels.

The first two vessels (F-244 and F-245) are defined as the Barbaros class (MEKO 200 TN Track II-A) while the last two vessels (F-246 and F-247) are defined as the Salih Reis class (MEKO 200 TN Track II-B) by the Turkish Navy. The two vessels of the Salih Reis class were fitted with the Mk.41 VLS, while the Sea Sparrow launchers on the older Barbaros class vessels are currently being replaced with Mk.41 VLS, which is capable of launching Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESSM) missiles.[1]

Ships of the class[edit | edit source]

Ship[2] Namesake Builder Launched Commissioned Status
TCG Barbaros (F-244) Hayreddin Barbarossa Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 29 September 1993 23 May 1997 In service 2013
TCG Oruçreis (F-245) Oruç Reis Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 28 July 1994 23 May 1997 In service 2013
TCG Salihreis (F-246) Salih Reis Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 26 September 1997 22 July 1998 In service 2013
TCG Kemalreis (F-247) Kemal Reis Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 22 July 1998 8 June 2000 In service 2013

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Barbaros Class Frigate, SSM Product Catalogue
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995

External links[edit | edit source]

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