Aksaz Naval Base

Aksaz Naval Base (Turkish: Aksaz Deniz Üssü) is a base of the Turkish Navy on the south-east coast of the Aegean Sea in Marmaris, Muğla. In addition to the military buildings, the base houses apartment-like barracks and social facilities stretched over 8,000 acres (32 km2) of land.[2] Six helicopters are also stationed at Aksaz.[2]

Aksaz Naval Base
Aksaz Deniz Üssü
Marmaris, Muğla
Aksaz NB
Location of Aksaz Naval Base
Coordinates36°50′04″N 28°23′24″E
TypeMilitary base
Site information
Controlled byTurkish Navy
Site history
In use1992 - present
Garrison information
Rear admiral H. Yalçın Kavukcuoğlu[1]


To meet the requirements of the Turkish Navy's power presence in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, extensive planning was started in the late 1960s for the search of the location of a naval base. The selected area was Karaağaç Bay at Aksaz, 13 km (8.1 mi) east of Marmaris in Muğla Province. The place was mentioned by Piri Reis in Ottoman historical documents as the most appropriate natural harbor capable of hosting a large naval fleet.[2]

Construction of the naval base started in 1983. With the completion of the infrastructure in 1992, units and vessels of the navy started to move in. The base reached its final stage in 2000. Naval Base Aksaz is today a modern facility, preferred for logistic support also by foreign navies.[2]


At the Aksaz Naval Base, the Southern Sea Area Command of the Turkish Navy[3] maintains special units as:


  1. "Aksaz Deniz Üs Komutanı Tümamairal Kavukcuoğlu Vali Erkmen'i Ziyaret Etti" (in Turkish). Governorate of Denizli. 2009-04-01. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. "Aksaz Deniz Üssü Komutanlığı" (in Turkish). Turkish Navy. Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. "Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri - Tarihçe" (in Turkish). Süper Meydan. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
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