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Romanian-Turkish collaboration for the modernisation of the King Ferdinand and Queen Mary frigates


Three Turkish warships visited the Romanian port of Constanta on April 3 to 4, during the Turkish Navy planned exercise Sea Star 2016. 

Frigate TCG Giresun, corvette TCG Heybeliada (named the National Corvette) and fast attack craft Kilic, having on board rear admiral Yasa Camur, head of the Turkish Navy Working Group for the Western Area, were welcomed by Romanian Navy Head of General Staff rear admiral Alexandru Mirsu, by Fleet Commander commodore Daniel Capatana, by Mufti Murat Iusuf, head of the Muslim Cult of Romania, and by other Romanian and Turkish military and civil officials, including members of the Romanian Parliament. 

A ceremony on board of TCG Heybeliada ratified Monday the partnership of four companies, to bid for participation in the overhaul of Romania's Type 22 frigates Regele Ferdinand and Regina Maria, purchased from the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom in 2004 and 2005 without weapons. Under the protocol, Romania's Centrul pentru Servicii de Radiocomunicatii (CSR, centre for radio communications services), market leader in IT&C integration with over 20 years of experience in defence computers and communication systems, will cooperate with Turkey's STM, ASELSAN, HAVELSAN defence companies. 

Several companies from Turkey and a Romanian company signed on Monday in Constanta a protocol of collaboration to take part in the international bid which will be organised for the programme of modernisation of the frigates King Ferdinand and Queen Mary, sends the Mediafax correspondent.

The allocation of the project will be decided this year, so that the modernisation process lasts approximately three years and a half.

The event was organised by STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Muhendislik ve Ticaret A.S) a prestigious company of engineering and technology in Turkey,at the ceremony being present dignitaries and military of high rank in Turkey and Romania and representatives of the companies who would contribute to the modernisation of the frigates, STM, Aselsan, Havelsan and CSR of Romania.

‘We hope this cooperation be a success and have a word to say in this procedure of competition with other companies which will come for the modernisation of frigates, very important for Romania. It is an international bid and we hope to have a corresponding partnership and be successful in this matter’ the general manager of CSR Doru Bancu said.