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Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL


Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL was born in İstanbul in 1958. He graduated from Naval High School in 1976 and from Turkish Naval Academy in 1980.

After having served onboard destroyers as branch officer and division officer, he commanded various patrol boats and fast patrol boats, and assigned as the Commodore of the Second Fast Patrol Boat Division from 2003 to 2005.

Admiral ÖZBAL graduated from Naval War College in 1989 and from Turkish Armed Forces College in 1995. Furthermore in 1995, he got his bachelor’s degree on Economics at Anatolian University.

As for the HQ posts; Admiral ÖZBAL has served, as The Commander of Fast Patrol Boat Group, Chief of Intelligence at Turkish General Staff and as staff officer and key leadership positions at STRIKEFORCE SOUTH in Naples. He served as head of branch at Turkish Naval Forces Comma...



The Emblem and the Badge of Turkish Naval Forces

Maritime profession, which is different from many other professions in many ways, has its own terms, idioms and culture. Maritime profession and its culture are also different concepts even though they feed on each other. Maritime culture is a set of phenomena that have been passed down through generations, can be adapted to lifestyle and although it varies periodically, it contains unchanging values on its basis. Maritime profession is all of the activities that bring these values to life.
The symbols in TAF are 4.5x5.5 cm in size and consist of stars, numbers and shapes that express the characteristics of the unit they belong to. In the light of this, when we examine the Naval Forces emblem and the badge in maritime terms;
The rope around the emblem and the badge: The Naval Forces future oriented face, which keeps pace with the changing Dynamics of the age, is connected to its past with its modern structure and the white background represents the luminosity of the future.
Chain links: Each link of the chain represents the staff, the interlocking of the links represents staff commitment and the chain represents the strength arising from the commitment of the staff.
The color blue: Blue is the color of victory, referring to the sea and the words of Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha, who said “Who rules the sea rules the world.”
The anchor on the blue background of the badge: It represents the devotion to the homeland and the sea.
The gold flagged shield on the anchor and the date 1081 on the lower part of the emblem represent the victory of Çaka Bey, who seized İzmir from the Eastern Romans in 1081 and formed a navy of about 40 pieces of ships. In other words, it symbolizes the establishment of Turkish Naval Forces.