TCG Bozcaada

TCG Bozcaada (F-500) is the lead ship of the six Burak-class ASW corvettes of the Turkish Navy. She was named after Bozcaada Island, which is in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. Bozcaada is an ex-D'Estienne d'Orves-class A69 type aviso.

Name: Commandant de Pimodan
Laid down: 1977
Launched: 1978
Identification: F787
Fate: Transfer to the Turkish Navy in 2001
Name: TCG Bozcaada
Namesake: Bozcaada
In service: 2001
Identification: F-500
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Burak-class corvette
Displacement: 1,100 tonnes
Length: 80 m (260 ft)
Beam: 10.3 m (34 ft)
Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft)
  • Engines : 2 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PC2V400
  • Power: 12,000 shp (8.9 MW)
  • Propellers: 2 4-bladed orientable propellers
  • Electrical power: 840 kW (2 DA x 320 + 1 DA x 200)
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 104 including 10 officers, 46 petty officers, 9 specials, 39 enlisted
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 1 × Thale DRBV-51A air/surface search radar
  • 1 × Thale DRBC-32E fire control radar
  • 1 × Decca 1226 navigation radar

Service history

The ship was built in 1978 in France and served as Commandant de Pimodan with the identification number F787 in the French Navy. She was transferred to the Turkish Navy in 2001.[1]

On 2 August 2012, she was tasked to escort the Turkish cargo vessel MV Dadalı on the first leg of her voyage to Somalia from Port of Mersin to Suez Port in eastern Mediterranean Sea. The cargo ship carried aid materials dispatched by the Turkish Red Crescent to Somalia, which was drought stricken as a result of the 2011 East Africa drought. Dadalı was escorted following her passage after Suez Canal by TCG Gemlik.[2]


  1. "d'Estienne d'Orves class". Helicopter History Site. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  2. "Kızılay'ın insani yardım gemisini haydutlardan Gemlik savaş gemisi korudu". F5 Haber (in Turkish). 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
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