List of Commanders of the Turkish Naval Forces

This list includes Commanders of the Turkish Naval Forces (Turkish: Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Naval Forces (or Turkish Navy).

No. Commander Picture Took office Left office
1 Admiral Mehmet Ali Ülgen 1 July 1949 6 June 1950
2 Admiral Sadık Altıncan 13 June 1950 12 September 1957
3 Admiral Fahri Korutürk Fahri Korutürk.jpg 12 September 1957 2 July 1960
4 Vice admiral Ahmet Zeki Özak 2 July 1960 20 June 1961
5 Admiral Necdet Uran 20 June 1961 16 August 1968
6 Admiral Celal Eyiceoğlu 16 August 1968 30 August 1972
7 Admiral Kemal Kayacan 30 August 1972 23 August 1974
8 Admiral Hilmi Fırat 23 August 1974 9 August 1977
9 Admiral Bülent Ulusu 9 August 1977 10 August 1980
10 Admiral Nejat Tümer 10 August 1980 6 December 1983
11 Admiral Zahit Atakan 6 December 1983 22 August 1986
12 Admiral Emin Göksan 22 August 1986 22 August 1988
13 Admiral Orhan Karabulut 22 August 1988 20 August 1990
14 Admiral İrfan Tınaz 20 August 1990 20 August 1992
15 Admiral Vural Beyazıt 20 August 1992 18 August 1995
16 Admiral Güven Erkaya 18 August 1995 29 August 1997
17 Admiral Salim Dervişoğlu 29 August 1997 26 August 1999
18 Admiral İlhami Erdil 26 August 1999 24 August 2001
19 Admiral Bülent Alpkaya 24 August 2001 28 August 2003
20 Admiral Özden Örnek 28 August 2003 26 August 2005
21 Admiral Yener Karahanoğlu 26 August 2005 24 August 2007
22 Admiral Metin Ataç 24 August 2007 30 August 2009
23 Admiral Eşref Uğur Yiğit 30 August 2009 29 July 2011
24 Admiral Emin Murat Bilgel Emin Murat Bilgel.jpg 4 August 2011 23 August 2013
25 Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu Bülent Bostanoğlu.jpg 23 August 2013 22 August 2017
26 Admiral Adnan Özbal Adnan Özbal (2018).jpg 22 August 2017 Incumbent
Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces
Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı
Flag of Turkish Naval Forces Command
Flag of Turkish Naval Forces Command
Adnan Özbal (2018)
Incumbent
Admiral Adnan Özbal

since 22 August 2017
Ministry of National Defence
Member ofTurkish Naval Forces
Reports toChief of the General Staff
Formation1 July 1949
First holderMehmet Ali Ülgen

See also

List of Chiefs of the Turkish General Staff

This list includes Chiefs of the General Staff of the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Genelkurmay Başkanı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Armed Forces (Turkish: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri).

List of Commandants of the Turkish Coast Guard

This list includes Commandants of the Turkish Coast Guard (Turkish: Türk Sahil Güvenlik Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Coast Guard.

List of Commanders of the Turkish Air Force

This list includes Commanders of the Turkish Air Force (Turkish: Türk Hava Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Air Force.

List of Commanders of the Turkish Land Forces

This list includes Commanders of the Turkish Land Forces (Turkish: Türk Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Land Forces (or Turkish Army).

List of General Commanders of the Turkish Gendarmerie

This list includes General Commanders of the Turkish Gendarmerie (Turkish: Türk Jandarma Genel Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Gendarmerie.

Turkish Naval Forces

The Turkish Naval Forces (Turkish: Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri), or Turkish Navy (Turkish: Türk Donanması) is the naval warfare service branch of the Turkish Armed Forces.

The navy can trace its lineage back to the first Turkish fleets to sail the Aegean in the late 11th century, the fleets of the Anatolian beyliks in the 14th century, and, more immediately, to the Ottoman Navy. However, the modern naval traditions and customs of the Turkish Navy can be traced back to 10 July 1920, when it was established as the Directorate of Naval Affairs during the Turkish War of Independence led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Since July 1949, the service has been officially known as the Turkish Naval Forces.

In 2008, the Turkish Navy had a reported active personnel strength of 48,600; this figure included an Amphibious Marines Brigade as well as several Special Forces and Commando detachments. As of early 2015, the navy operates a wide variety of ships and 51 maritime aircraft.

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