" Nisan 2019 " TCG
Muratreis'in 75. yıldönümü.
April 2019 marks USS Razorback
(TCG Murat Reis) 75th Anniversary. The submarine flies the
Turkish flag in Arkansas and is a great embodiment of the vital
standing alliance between the United States and Turkey.
USS Razorback Submarine is
one out of 22 transferred to Turkey during the Cold War and
one of the longest-serving submarines still existing in the
world. The submarine was used on active duty by the United
States and Turkey for 57 years. From 1948 through 1983, the
US loaned, leased or sold twenty three submarines to Turkey,
the largest number to any single foreign navy.
When USS Razorback was
transferred from America to the Turkish Navy, it was named
TCG Murat Reis. In 2004, the Turkish Navy officially
transferred Murat Reis to the USS Razorback / TCG Murat
Reis Association which is now the Arkansas
Inland Maritime Museum. The
submarine is one of 18 around the world which serve as a
museum. Today, the Arkansas
Inland Maritime Museum sits
directly across the Clinton Library and Presidential Center
on the Arkansas River.
USS Razorback is the only
museum ship in the US not owned by the United States Navy
because it was transferred from Turkey. Today, the submarine
honors the Turkish and American flag side by side. Arkansas
State flag was adopted from a submarine called USS Arkansas
so the fact a submarine is uniting both of our flags
signifies the importance of the Turkish-American
The museum has kept all the
Turkish memorabilia intact and has made renovations to keep
the memory of its Turkish service alive. All of the labels
inside the submarine are both English and Turkish.
Today, the museum educates
youth in Arkansas about Turkey noting
"Turkey and the United States have maintained a relationship
for nearly one hundred years. Razorback serves not only as a
symbol of that relationship but as a connection between the
Turkish and American sailors who lived onboard".
Last year during my State
Visit to Arkansas, I had the pleasure of meeting with the
Executive Director Greg Zonner and revisiting Patrick Henry
Hays who used to be the former Mayor of Little Rock. Mr.
Hays has visited Turkey numerous times and has been an
important figure in forging a close relationship between
Turkey and the State of Arkansas.
Murat Reis was one of the
most important admirals of the Ottoman Navy. Today, Turkey
is building a new submarine called Murat Reis and its
expected to be completed in 2021. However, the original
submarine will always be a great embodiment of the legacy
and dynamic spirit of Turkish-US relationship.
Happy Birthday to USS
Razorback/TCG Murat Reis!
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