Turkish Naval Forces

The Turkish Naval Forces (Turkish: Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri), or Turkish Navy (Turkish: Türk Donanması) is the naval warfare service branch of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkish Naval Forces
Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri
Seal of the Turkish Navy
  • July 10, 1920 (as the Directorate of Naval Affairs)[1]
  • July 1, 1949 (as the Turkish Naval Forces Command)[2]
Country Turkey
RoleNaval warfare
Size45,000 personnel[3]
Part ofTurkish Armed Forces
Motto(s)"Always Ready"
ColorsBlue, White & Gold    
MarchTurkish Navy March Play 
AnniversariesSeptember 27[1]
EquipmentList of active ships of the Turkish Naval Forces
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Minister of National DefenceHulusi Akar
Chief of the General StaffGeneral Yaşar Güler
CommanderAdmiral Adnan Özbal
Chief of Staff of Turkish Naval ForcesVice Admiral Aydın Şirin
Naval Aviation Roundel
Masthead Pennant

The modern naval traditions and customs of the Turkish Navy can be traced back to 10 July 1920, when it was established as the Directorate of Naval Affairs during the Turkish War of Independence led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Since July 1949, the service has been officially known as the Turkish Naval Forces.

In 2008, the Turkish Navy had a reported active personnel strength of 48,600; this figure included an Amphibious Marines Brigade as well as several Special Forces and Commando detachments.[4] As of early 2021, the navy operates a wide variety of ships and 60 maritime aircraft.