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Erdogan's defense-heavy campaign shows off new 'drone carrier'

Turkish president wants voters to focus on muscle, not economy

The TCG Anadolu, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship, is seen in Istanbul on April 18. The timing of the ship's debut, coming mere weeks ahead of a presidential election, is no coincidence.   © Turkish Defense Ministry

ISTANBUL -- Dubbed the world's first armed-drone carrier, Turkey's new multipurpose amphibious assault ship, the TCG Anadolu, debuted to the public in Istanbul this week.

The Turkish Naval Forces' new flagship vessel, moored in front of Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman sultans, drew a line of enthusiasts that stretched 2 kilometers.

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