Turkish Coast Guard

Turkish Coast Guard
Türk Sahil Güvenliği

Seal of the Turkish Coast Guard
(Turkish Armed Forces portal)
Active 1982 – present
(33–34) years
Country  Turkey
Type Coast guard
Role Law enforcement, coastal patrol, marine border protection, marine search and rescue.
Size 5,324 employees[2]
14 helicopters
3 airplanes
Part of Ministry of the Interior (in peacetime)
Turkish Armed Forces (in wartime)
Headquarters Ankara
Website sgk.tsk.tr/
Commander-in-Chief President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Minister of the Interior Minister Efkan Ala
Chief of the General Staff General Hulusi Akar
Commandant Rear Admiral Hakan Üstem

The Turkish Coast Guard (Turkish: Türk Sahil Güvenliği) is the coast guard service branch of the Turkish Armed Forces. During peacetime, the Turkish Coast Guard is under the command of the Ministry of the Interior. However, during emergency and wartime it falls under the command of the Turkish Armed Forces.

The Turkish Coast Guard is organized into four area commands: the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.


Affiliated with the Guarding Administration (Ottoman Turkish: Muhafaza Memurluğu), the Coast Guard is responsible for controlling the maritime jurisdiction areas and coasts of Turkiye and fighting all kind of illegal action in the responsibility area. Turkish Coast Guard is also the main Search and Rescue Coordination Authority in Turkish SAR Zone.


With a personnel strength of about 5,500, the coast guard is responsible for maintaining the security of the coast and territorial waters. The Coast guard is also responsible of search and rescue (SAR) operations, and for protecting the marine environment


Coast Guard Command is a security service, established on 9 July 1982 by Act.2692, with the purpose of performing missions such as; providing the security of Turkish coasts, territorial waters and inland waters such as the Marmara Sea, Istanbul and Çanakkale Straits, ports and harbors and exercising such rights and powers where Turkey exercises sovereign rights under the rules of both national and international laws at sea areas which fall outside the scope of the general responsibility of the Turkish Naval Forces and to prevent and pursue all kinds of smuggling activities carried out by way of sea. The missions, Coast Guard Command was charged with by Act. 2692 are:


Patrol boat of the Turkish Coast Guard.

Surface patrols are carried out by 52 patrol vessels and smaller craft. The most effective of these are 14 search-and-rescue vessels (220 tons) of Turkish design. Smaller 150 ton and 70 ton patrol boats of German design were nearing obsolescence in the mid 1990s. An ambitious construction plan foresaw a major strengthening of the service with eight new vessels of 350 - 400 tons and 48 ships of 180 - 300 tons.

Turkish Coast Guard
4Search and Rescue Ship (1700 Ton)
1480 Class CG Boats (195 Ton)
14Turkish Type CG Boats (180 Ton)
4SAR 35 CLASS (210 Ton)
10SAR 33 CLASS (180 Ton)
13KAAN 33 CLASS (113 Ton)
9KAAN 29 CLASS (97 Ton)
1KAAN 20 CLASS (30 Ton) (17 more in construction )
18KAAN 15 CLASS (21 Ton)
8KW 15 CLASS (70 Ton)
12CG Picket Boats (29 Ton)
n/aCG Control Boats (Rubber Inflatable Boats)
n/aKEGAK (Coastal Safety and Salvage) Teams (Rubber Inflatable Boats)
n/aSAGET (Coast Guard and Safety) Teams (Rubber Inflatable Boats)
3CASA CN-235
13Agusta-Bell AB-412


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References and notes

  1. "History of Turkish Coast Guard Command". Turkish Coast Guard Command. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. "TSK Mevcut Personel Sayısını Açıkladı" [TSK Accounces It's Active Personnel Numbers] (in Turkish). Aktifhaber. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. "Türk Silahlı Kuvvetlerinin Barışı Destekleme Harekâtlarına Katkıları". tsk.tr. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  4. "Dost Class". Turkishnavy.net. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. "CASA CN-235-100M MPA". Turkishnavy.net. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. "AB-412 EP". Turkishnavy.net. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
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