Posted on May 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted on the first ever Turkish aircraft carrier, TCG ANADOLU (L-408), during the early morning hours of April the 30th.
The aircraft carrier, which is still currently under construction, caught on fire while in Tuzla’s Sedef Shipyard, Turkey.
According to initial reports, the fire started inside the ship’s bow compartments, right beneath the vessel’s helicopter landing dock.
A large number of firefighters, police and medical teams rushed to the scene of the accident.
Through a combined effort of the shipyard workers present at the site and the firefighting teams, the fire was successfully put out a few hours after the incident was first reported.
Thankfully, there was no report of any injuries sustained due to the fire.
Apparently, the fire could have been quite devastating, potentially even leading to the destruction of the vessel itself. Thankfully, a shipyard worker noticed the flames and promptly notified the relevant authorities.
While the fire was successfully put out, we don’t currently know what led to the incident in the first place.
The TCG Anadolu was supposed to enter active service within 2019. Currently, little is known as to whether this event will significantly delay the vessel’s launch.