A year has passed after the 47. Congress in İsrail. Now we
are in İstanbul for the new one. As you know İstanbul served
to three Empires as a capital and also was the meeting place
of three religions.That is why it has full of facinating
historical, cultural and religious heritage. You will get
tastes from all of them.
Welcome and thank you to all of you for coming to İstanbul
for 48th Annual International Congress of Submariners. You
should be sure that we, as a Turkish submariners are very
happy and honored to have you here.
It is very important for me and I believe for all of you
also, in these yearly meetings we should be as friendly and
understantable as possible. We should show the tolerance to
the host countries as much as possible and assist them to
establish new friendship. Not to lost any. In these annual
meeting, we gether togather to meet old friends as well as
to meet new ones and establish friendship with them.
But on the other hand we also honour and remember all our
fellow submariners from all over the world who lost their
lives at war or in peace time.
By the way, I want to say that, the year of 2011 is the
125th Anniversary of the Turkish Submarine Service and
hereby in this brochure we present you brief and
commemorative history of our first submarine, designed by Mr.
Garret, actually a priest from England, built and
disassembled in England for the Swedish industrialist and
arm dealer Thorsten Nordenfelt and reassembled by Taşkızak
Naval Shipyard of Ottoman Empire, by the frond of the Otoman
Sultans private account. That is why submarine, named
Abdülhamid, achieved fame as the worlds first submarine to
fire a torpedo underwater. You will sea the model of her at
the cocktail hall of the Congress Hotel
We hope you will enjoy in İstanbul and you will go back with
many outstanding memories. By the way we extend our senses
of friendship and good wishes across the borders and oceans
in the name of lasting peace and understandings.
We hope we will meet each other at the next Congress in
Ukrania. Please take care of yourselves.
President of Turkish Submariners Association