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Future Ukraine Navy corvette Hetman Ivan Mazepa starts sea trials in Türkiye.

According to information published by Enes Balci on May 29, 2024, the Ada class corvette Hetman Ivan Mazepa (F-211), constructed under the main contractor RMK Marine Shipyard, successfully embarked on its first sea trials.
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Ukrainian corvette Hetman Ivan Mazepa in Istanbul, Türkiye. (Picture source: Enes Balci)

Turkey is currently constructing two Ada-class corvettes for the Ukrainian Navy under a military cooperation agreement signed in October 2020. The first of these corvettes, named Hetman Ivan Mazepa, had its keel laid at RMK Marine Shipyard in Istanbul on September 7, 2021. This ship was launched on October 2, 2022, and is expected to be delivered to Ukraine in 2024.

The second corvette, named Hetman Ivan Vyhovsky, had its keel laid on August 18, 2023. This event was attended by high-ranking Ukrainian defense officials, marking another milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Turkey and Ukraine. The second corvette is scheduled to be delivered to Ukraine in 2025.

These corvettes are part of the MILGEM (National Ship) project, originally developed for the Turkish Navy. Each corvette is designed to perform a variety of roles, including maritime patrol, surveillance, and coastal defense.

Technical data

The corvettes feature a displacement of 2,300 long tons and measure 99.56 meters in length. They have a beam of 14.40 meters and a draft of 3.89 meters. The propulsion system consists of one gas turbine and two diesel engines, delivering a combined power of 31,640 kW through two shafts. This setup allows the corvettes to reach a maximum speed of 29 knots and an economical speed of 15 knots, with a range of 3,500 nautical miles at the latter speed.

These ships are designed to operate for 21 days with logistic support and 10 days autonomously, accommodating a complement of 93 personnel, including aviation officers, with additional accommodation for up to 106 individuals. Their advanced sensors and processing systems include the GENESIS combat management system, SMART-S Mk2 search radar, sonar, GPS, LAN, ECDIS, UniMACS 3000 IPMS, X-band radar, and fire control radar.

For electronic warfare and decoy measures, the corvettes are equipped with the Aselsan ARES-2N system, laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, and SSTD. Their armament comprises one 76 mm OTO Melara Super Rapid gun, one 35 mm Aselsan GOKDENIZ, and two 12.7 mm Aselsan STAMP guns. Additionally, they feature eight Harpoon anti-surface missiles, VL MICA-M anti-aircraft missiles, and two 324 mm MU90 torpedoes. The aviation facilities on board include a hangar and platform capable of supporting S-70B Seahawk ASW helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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