Turkish Navy Ship Calls at Dar es Salaam


On Thursday, 27 February 2014, NATO’s counter piracy warship TCG GELİBOLU (F-493) concluded a visit to Dar es Salaam to reinforce relationships with Tanzanian Navy and to support regional capacity building efforts.


During the 3-day port visit, the Commanding Officer of TCG GELIBOLU, Commander Olcay Yüksel (TUR N) and Turkish Ambassador H.E. Ali Davutoğlu paid courtesy calls to Tanzanian Naval Forces Commander, Commodore Rogastian Shaaban Laswai, and to European Union Naval Force’s counter-piracy Task Force (CTF-465) Commander, Rear Admiral Herve Blejean on board FS SIROCO (L-9012).

The visit also included a meeting between TCG GELIBOLU’s Executive Officer and the Dar es Salaam port authority manager, and cooperative firefighting and boarding training with GELIBOLU’s crew and a 10-man team from the Tanzanian Navy.

“Our visit to Dar es Salaam proved to be beneficial to train together and to discuss ways to disrupt piracy, smuggling and trafficking,” said Commander Yüksel. “I look forward to future opportunities to work together with the Tanzanian authorities, and to continue to develop the relationship between our forces.”

Length 138m
Beam 14m
Draft 6.7m
Displacement 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Speed over 29 knots
Complement 15 officers and 190 enlisted, SH-60 six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Range 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)

Press Release, March 4, 2014, Image: NATO ACO

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  1. The Gelibolu F 493 is likely radioactive. In 1983 I was on the ship on the bridgewing and was a quartermaster for the US Navy. The ship was named the USS Reid FFG 30 at that time. A silent nuclear war occurred. I am not sure where it was. I was hit with a nuclear bubble from under the boat.

    Others were alleged killed in the Pacific Ocean. I suspect some shipmates were executed at the Long Beach Naval Station before the nuclear voyage of 1983. We had fired missiles the week before.

    The ship was likely named after me because I will likely lose one leg. After the nuclear incidents some men from D.C. came onboard and one took change from me I had in my pocket during the nuclear bubble and during the nuclear cloud we cruised past on the next night or a night soon thereafter. I do not know how long I was asleep.

    Gelibolu turned backwards is U Lob I Leg. We had radiation in our water tanks for drinking as well and i suspect that an officer who complained about it was executed, as was a missile control technician I knew who was likely executed before the nuclear voyage, because of missiles fired the week before the nuclear voyage.

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