HC Deb 16 July 1923 vol 166 cc1881-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the present naval strength of Turkey; and whether any, and, if so, what ex-German ships are employed by that Power?


I have been asked to reply. The following Turkish warships are at present under Allied supervision:

  • 1 Battle cruiser (ex-German).
  • 1 Old battleship (ex-German).
  • 3 Old armoured vessels.
  • 2 Light cruisers.
  • 6 Destroyers.
  • 6 Torpedo boats.
  • 1 Sloop.
  • 2 Torpedo gunboats.
  • 7 Gunboats.
  • 4 Minelayers and a number of motor launches.
The Admiralty have no definite information of the number of vessels in the hands of the Turkish Nationalists, but they are believed to consist of two gunboats and a number of smaller vessels. There are no ex-German vessels in the hands of the Turkish Nationalists.

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