At the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, the formation of the hull of Hetman Ivan Mazepa corvette, the future flagship of the Navy of Ukraine is almost completed. This was reported by TurDef.
Ukraine ordered two ADA corvettes in December 2020. The first ship’s keel laying took place in September 2021. On August 18, 2022, the ship was named after Hetman Ivan Mazepa and got the F211 onboard number. By the beginning of the full-scale war, it was planned that by the end of 2022, corvette with partial equipment would be towed to Ukraine for completion.
ADA corvettes are the implementation of the first phase of the Turkish program of building its own warships under the MILGEM (Milli Gemi, from Turkish literally “national ship”). Turkey began to build ships of this class in 2005, and in 2011. The first of the corvettes has already got to the ranks of the fleet. Turkey has currently four ships in this class. Four more ships are built for Pakistan Navy, with two of them in Pakistan. The first of the Pakistani ships should go to the Navy this year. Contracts with the Navy of Indonesia and Malaysia are considered.
The ADA class is an anti-boat coastal zone stealth-corvette. The main task is to patrol in the high seas, search and destroy hostile submarines. As for the weapons of Ukrainian ADA Ukrainian ships, it is not finally chosen. Among the possible missile systems are Neptune, Harpoon, NSM, Atmaca. Anti-aircraft weapons – possibly French VRK VL Mica. Artillery – 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid and 35-mm automatic Millennium guns. Torpedo weapons – Murene 90 Impact. But these are just plans.
Specifications of Turkish ADA corvettes
Displacement – 2400 tons
Length – 99.5 m
Width – 14.4 m
Draft – 3.6 m
Engines – codag; 1 GE 2500 gas turbine engine, 30 800 hp + 2 diesel MTU 16V595TE90, 11 580 hp
Speed - up to 29 knots
Range – 3500 nmi at 15 kn
Crew – 93 people + 13 add. place
Armament – 1 × 76 mm naval gun; 2 × 12.7 mm machine guns Aselsan Stamp; 2 × 2 × 324-mm mk.32 torpedo tube; 2 × 4 Harpoon anti-ship missile; 1 × RIM-116 MK 49
Aircraft carried – 1 × S-70B Seahawk