Turkish warship in Philippines for historic visit

A Turkish Navy warship is currently in the Philippines for a historic goodwill visit. Ship of the Turkish Republic or Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Gemisi (TCG) Gediz (F 495) is the first Turkish warship that made a visit in the country.

TCG Gediz, commanded by Turkish Naval Forces chief of inspection and evaluation Rear Admiral Aydin Sirin, arrived Monday and is currently docked at Manila South Harbor. TCG Gediz is a former United States Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate.

“The said ship is in a 122 days deployment which involves a visit to 18 ports in 14 countries that started on April 1, 2015 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of voyage of Frigate Ertugrul from Turkey to Japan that ended tragically when it sank due to a strong typhoon,” Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office said.

PN said this four-day friendly visit will involve the conduct of several activities including courtesy calls to military heads, receptions, ship’s tours, professional exchanges and goodwill games between the PN and Turkish Navy counterparts.

“This port visit is expected to enhance and strengthen mutual relationship between the two countries as it offers great liberty and an opportunity for both navies to show friendly aspect with each other,” PN-PAO said.