The recently retired Rear Admiral Assoc. Dr. Cihat Yaycı commented on the live broadcast.
The recently retired Read Admiral Assoc. Dr. Cihat Yayci commented on tensions with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Aegean Sea in recent days, as well as the Turkish Navy, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and TCG Anadolu.
“We urgently need air defense frigates and aircraft carriers”
Assoc. Dr. Cihat Yaycı said, “We would have capabilities of power transfer and projection capability. What does that mean? You are transferring power to an overseas location and you are controlling it. You can only do that with the Navy. ” He also touched on the importance of the Navy in giving his statements.
Yaycı said, “Let’s do this job with UAVs and UCAVs. UAVs and UCAVs have different functions. Air defense and domination can only be achieved through an air defense system or aircraft. So in my personal opinion, we urgently need both air defense frigates and aircraft carriers. Light aircraft carrier Anadolu, and the second project in the planning stage, Trakya, were planned to be launched after the Anadolu and I hope production will take place”.
Yaycı’s statements are compatible with the recently released analysis “Overview on Turkish Naval Forces and aircraft carriers” by Defence Turk. Turkey’s aircraft carrier acquisition idea, the purchase of Harriers, the need for air defense combat destroyers before the aircraft carrier were included in this analysis.
Commenting on the current situation of the Navy and the protection of the Blue Homeland, Yaycı said, “Our Navy uses what is given to its hands in the best way. It also protects the Blue Homeland until the end.” Yaycı continued in his statement, regarding the subject of Libya, “We have to have a great naval force. Why? To become a great state. The Libya issue made it very clear. We need to have a very strong naval force even for Libya. Now, in Libya for instance, if we had an aircraft carrier or an aircraft carrier, everything would be different. ”.
Rear Admiral Assoc. Dr. Cihat Yaycı said, “The Navy estabilished a Naval Aviation School to train its own pilots last year. Jet pilots will be trained here. Why? In order for the pilots to catch up before the jet arrives, so that there will be no shortage of pilots. ” He added that the Naval Aircraft School, in which the Navy would train pilots within its own, was established.
Underlining that there must be planes to be used in TCG Anadolu, Yaycı said, “It is necessary to deploy aircraft on these ships (referring to TCG Anadolu), even if they are not brand new. If they don’t give us the F-35Bs, then let’s get the second hand Harriers somewhere. But we should make an introduction to this as soon as possible. We should purchase the Chinese aircraft if necessary. We should deploy 3-5 aircraft on Anatolia. ”
Author: Ata Ahmet Kökçü