TCG Ege (F-256) (Ex-USS Ainsworth FF-1090

Class: Knox-class Frigates
Launched: June 11, 1971
At: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, LA
Commissioned (USN): March 31, 1973
Decommissioned (USN): July 28, 1994
Commissioned (Turkish Navy): July 28, 1994 (transferred to Turkey)
Decommissioned (Turkish Navy): March 25, 2005
Transferred to Izmir Warships Museum): July 1, 2007

Length: 134 meters
Beam: 14.3 meters
Normal displacement: 4,200 tons
Armament: 5/54 ball guns, mk 44 ve mk 46 Torpedo tubes, Phalannx, Harpoon rockets,


Izmir Warship Museum
Inciraltı Balçova
Izmir, Turkey
Tel: +90 232 278 52 34


Joining the Turkish Navy in July 1994, TCG Ege has enjoyed an indispensable role and place in the Turkish fleet. During her active service of over eleven years, her primary mission was to work to ensure peace and tranquility in Turkish territorial waters, successfully completing her service in the Turkish Naval Forces in 2005.   On 1 July 2007, she entered a new career as a Museum ship at the İzmir/İnciraltı pier with the support of the Turkish Navy’s Southern Sea Area Command and the Izmır Metropolitan Municipality. As a Museum Ship, her primary role is to imbue visitors with the culture of Turkish Naval History by introducing them to the ship’s naval roles, the living conditions for those who served on the Ege and the original equipment of the warship. Also being used are objects such as models, mock-ups, and exhibitions in order to ensure the young generations to understand and appreciate the ship’s naval role and the seafaring life, all adding to the contributions to Turkish cultural and artistic activities.

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