Turkey has just officially begun constructing its first landing platform dock (LPD) but the country’s president already is talking about future production of an aircraft carrier and even a nuclear vessel.

The production of the TCG Anadolu, Turkey’s first amphibious assault ship, kicked off last month at a high-profile ceremony attended by defense and procurement VIPs and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan praised efforts for Turkey’s all indigenous development programs, including the LPD, although he called the ship’s production “a belated move.” […]