Four Turkish Naval warships of the Turkish Maritime Task Group have reached Pakistan on a three day visit. Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG) will also participate in the bilateral naval exercise during its stay in Pakistan. Bilateral naval exercise will include anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare exercises with Pakistan Navy.

Turkish Maritime Task Group is part of the international efforts to counter the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Turkish warships will provide escort to the Turkish and non-Turkish merchant ships in the in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia and in the Arabian Sea.

Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG) consists of TCG Barbaros (F-244), TCG Gemlik (F-492), TCG Gelibolu (F-493) - and one logistics support ship (AOR) - TCG Gungor (A-595)

TCG Barbaros is one of the most modern warships of the Turkish Navy. This is a MEKO 200 design warship two which were built in Germany while remaining was built in Turkey. TCG Barbaros is fitted with Mk-41 VLS for RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).

TCG Gemlik (F-492) and TCG Gelibolu (F-493) upgraded ex-Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates. Turkey has upgraded these frigates with Turkish digital combat management system called GENESIS (Gemi Entegre Savaş İdare Sistemi), an 8-cell Mk-41 VLS for RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), improved Mk-92 fire control system and new advanced 3D air search radar.

Turkish Maritime Task Group had left a southwestern Turkish naval base on May 30 as part of anti-piracy mission in international waters. In next phase, Turkish Maritime Task Group will visit Mumbai port , Yemeni port of Hodeidah, Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia and Aqaba port in Jordan, Guleroglu also said.

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