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As Turkey plans developing its national naval vehicles, a US bill to the House of Representatives suggests granting guided missile frigates to Turkey. The bill angers a particular Hellenic-US group

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Under a proposed draft bill, the United States may grant two missile ships to Turkey; USS Halyburton, seen in this photo, and the USS Thach. Photo courtesy of the US Navy

Under a proposed draft bill, the United States may grant two missile ships to Turkey; USS Halyburton, seen in this photo, and the USS Thach. Photo courtesy of the US Navy

A recent bill has been submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize President Barack Obama to grant the provision of guided missile-firing naval vessels to Turkey, along with several other countries, including Thailand and Mexico.

Under the motion, Turkey may receive the USS Halyburton (FFG–40) and the USS Thach (FFG–43) ships.
USS Halybutron is the 34th ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates and according to an official U.S. Navy website, the USS Thach also possesses the capacity.

The Turkish Naval Forces already posses “short-hull” Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, which were modified with the ASIST landing platform system at the Gölcük Naval Shipyard by the country’s Marmara Sea so they can now accommodate S-70B Seahawk helicopters. The move comes at a time when Turkey is bidding to develop its national corvettes and frigates along with missiles. SOM, the stand-off cruise against both land and sea targets, is one example.

The bill has angered the Washington-based Hellenic-American Leadership Council (HALC), which has begun pursuing action to halt the transaction, its official website has said.

The bill was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Dec. 11 and the Greek group’s reaction was first covered by Turkish daily Vatan yesterday.

Greek reaction

Members of the Greek lobby in the U.S. have mobilized to block the sale, encouraging people to write to their representative on the House Committee and demand they vote against the bill, the paper said. “This bill is another example of the United States giving preferential treatment to Turkey on the issue of defense deals, despite Turkey’s increased belligerence toward [Greek] Cyprus and Israel and its continued territorial disputes with Greece,” the HALC said on its website.

Turkey is at odds with Greek Cyprus over oil and gas search activities in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey says Greek Cyprus is violating Turkish Cyprus’ rights there. “Until Turkey commits to a policy of peace in the region and ceases its provocative behavior, which is leading to instability in the Eastern Mediterranean, the U.S. should stop giving preferential treatment to Turkey. H.R. 6649 should not pass,” the HALC said.


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gercek sesi

12/26/2012 7:03:35 AM

@kypros turkey went into cyprus under The Treaty of Guarantee promulgated in 1960, where it was one of the 3 powers. you conveniently forget that it was your desire for enosis spearheaded by the greek butchers sampson and grivas that aimed to cleanse the turkish minority of there existence! turkey had every right to protect the turkish cypriots, you are on a turkish site and continue to make negative incorrect insulting comments about turks, at least show some respect for HDN!!!

vural korkmaz

12/25/2012 8:42:31 PM

Before buying all those war machines, all men and women in Turkish military in commanding positions need to be educated well about one very imporatant aspect they are very ignorant about: Discipline which is certainly not slavery but the activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill, training, to carry out one's duties and responsibilities, and respect to human right and freedoms of every member of the military.

Cilginbebek Ms

12/25/2012 7:32:32 PM

@ Rich Bind: Israel wants America to fight Iran, not their Israeli soldiers. That is what Netanyahu asked for when he gave his speech at the UN. Israel would never be a match for Iran, or other countries with strong military. Plus, if Israel got involved in a muslim countries' affairs, all hell would break loose. It would further destabilize the entire region and galvanize the Arab countries to attack Israel. You obviously don't see this but here you go.

Cilginbebek Ms

12/25/2012 7:25:09 PM

Turkey does produce its own military frigates, aircraft, etc. After Israel alienated itself from Turkey, the Turkish aeronautical engineers produced aircraft that is actually better than the ones previously given to us by Israel. Our Turkish aircraft goes further miles on less fuel so it actually worked out better. Turkey is now one of the top producers of military aircraft and weapons. Another great example of something good coming from something bad that happened to Turkey.

rich bind

12/25/2012 2:41:23 PM

@Avni: Anybody bothered by Greece using NATO as a political tool, might want to recall that Turkey has been doing that to Israel for the last two years. If the real enemy is Iran, why weaken NATO by baring Israel which has some of the most advanced drones, advanced anti-cyber and advanced anti-missile systems in the world. Those that play with fire often get burned.

mr who

12/25/2012 2:25:28 PM

Remember watching 1930 area movies who was a Greek.


12/25/2012 2:06:38 PM

Did somebody just flushed the toilet? With or without these two frigates, no way your gonna cope with the strongest navy of the Mediterranean aka Turkish Navy. Turkey has started designing it's own frigates and it's Navy will become 100% self sufficient soon. The Turkic lobby is doing good business in the US. But the Greeks were happy when they got 200 old US tanks, the Turks didn't say anything because it is irrelevant for the Turkish Armed Forces. We should start our own armed nuclear program.

Aydin Amsterdam

12/25/2012 11:12:11 AM

Instead of mobilizing people for this matter they should lobby for more financial help for their motherland! so their motherland can pay back their debts to the eu tax payers!!!

Sifis Petac

12/25/2012 11:02:04 AM

When you will understand that US plays with us.They donate several weapon systems to Turkey and Greece and finally the oil and gas which exist in aigeon sea, will be aquired by them. In addition, if Turkey has so many casualties from rebels with rifles and first generation antitank, from helicopter falling, suicides, noncommissionned officers quits, mass car accidents including soldiers, then imagine what is going to happen against a tactical army with the best anti - aircraft system.

Brit in Turkey

12/25/2012 10:53:59 AM

America must have some old boats surplus to their requirements.
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