Turkish Naval Forces
|Turkish Naval Forces|
|Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri|
|Part of||Turkish Armed Forces|
|Colors||Blue, White & Gold|
|March||Turkish Navy March Play (help·info)|
|Equipment||List of active ships of the Turkish Naval Forces|
|Commander-in-Chief||President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
|Minister of National Defence||Hulusi Akar|
|Chief of the General Staff||General Yaşar Güler|
|Commander||Admiral Adnan Özbal|
|Chief of Staff of Turkish Naval Forces||Vice Admiral Aydın Şirin|
|Naval Aviation Roundel|
|Current overseas deployments and missions|
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. As of early 2021, the navy operates a wide variety of ships and 60 maritime aircraft.