TCG Kocatepe

Cyprus,Mediterranean

The American destroyer USS Harwood was built in San Pedro in USA, and was launched in May 1945. She did service for the US Navy in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Atlantic before she was sold to Turkey in December 1973 and renamed Kocatepe. Under Operation Attila, the first Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974, she was attacked by her own airplanes. In the area she sailed, the Turkish air force had been told that anything in that area was to be considered hostile. 22. July 1974 she was attacked by Turkish Lockheed F-104 airplanes. A bomb ignited the ammunition and she soon capsized and sank with 67 men. The wreck rest today outside southwest of Paphos on a depth of 65 meter.


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TCG Kocatepe
USS Harwood, DD-861, D 354
390,6 x 40,1 x 14,4 f
     
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2425 displ
San Pedro (US ) 1945
( TR )

34º 44,938' N 032º 22,977 E
( Source: Dive Expedition Kocatepe 2010 )


Picture: USS Harwood in 1945
Courtesy of Navsource

Last updated: May 2019