The Turkish Navy visited Fethiye yesterday and opened two of its ships to the public.

Fast Patrol boat P345 Poyraz and an unidentified submarine berthed on the main jetty – we say unidentified because she had no markings.

Although no signs were displayed and access to the ships was cordoned off they were actually open for the public to board and to talk to the crew.

Fethiye Times roving reporter braved the armed security and boarded the Poyraz and was treated to a tour of the boat by an English speaking Petty Officer.

The Poyraz, which is based in Marmaris, was commissioned in 1987 and is part of the Doğan class of Turkish fast patrol boats boats.

She carries a range of armament including a forward 76mm gun, a 1×2 35mm gun to the rear and Harpoon missiles.

She’s a fast boat too and can reach 38 knots at full speed and cover a range of 1,050 nautical miles at 30 knots.

Her compliment is 45.

The Poyraz spends most of her time patrolling the waters around Marmaris and Fethiye.

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