General Directorate of Naval Shipyards was established in order to keep the the Turkish Naval Forces Command at its highest readiness level within the scope of maintenance. It is in charge of conducting repair, construction, renovation andmodernization as well as supply planning the requirements of raw materials, intermediate products, devices, systems and spare parts and ensuring that procurement activities are carried out on time.
The main responsibilities of the General Directorate of Naval Shipyards are to manage and coordinate the technical and administrative activities of the shipyards, to carry out activities necessary for the nationalization of foreign materials / systems which are inconvenient to supply yet critical for shipyard level maintenance and repair. Furthermore, they are to fulfil the responsibility of carrying out studies for the localization of the materials used in the maintenance, repair and modernization processes.
Three shipyards work under the General Directorate of Shipyards in Ankara:
- Golcuk Naval Shipyard Commandership
- Istanbul Naval Shipyard Commandership
- Izmir Naval Shipyard Commandership
Golcuk Shipyard Commandership was established in 1926, operates on a total of 312,000 square meters of land including 117,000 square meters of enclosed space. Submarine construction, warship and submarine repair and modernization, maintenance and repairs of ships (including frigates and submarines) and marine vessels and their approximately 1200 systems are among the main responsibilities of the shipyard.
Golcuk Naval Shipyard is one of the 10 shipyards in the world producing submarine batteries.
Istanbul Naval Shipyard’s foundation was laid in 1455, aftermath the conquest of Istanbul, with the founding of Halic Shipyard by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han. In 1941, Taskizak Shipyard Command was established as a constituent of Istanbul Shipyard. In 1999, Pendik Shipyard and Taskizak Shipyard were merged to form the Istanbul Shipyard Commandership.
Today, Istanbul Shipyard Commandership is responsible for surface war ship design, construction, repair and modernization, maintenance and repairs of surface warships and marine vessels and their approximately 1,050 systems.
Istanbul Naval Shipyard is one of the 5 shipyards in the world capable of building mine hunter ships with non-magnetic materials.
Izmir Naval Shipyard Commandership was established in 1955 in Izmir in order to meet the demands of the Turkish Navy. In 1963, with the expansion of its capacity, it has been renamed as Izmir Repair Support Command. In 1989, with the addition of modern workshops and facilities, Izmir Shipyard Command pursued its activities. Finally, in 1999, with the addition of Alaybey Shipyard, the shipyard capacity was increased and improved at a considerable level. Today, the shipyard’s mission is to provide maintenance and to do repair of coastal units’ weapons, sensors and communication systems besides surface warships and marine vessels and their approximately 710 systems.
Additionally, the most important mission of the shipyards is to maintain Turkish NAVY warships at the highest level of readiness on the world seas on 7/24 basis.