Turkish Coast Guard Command is assigned and authorized to ensure, protect and watch maritime security, maritime safety, public order and to prevent crime. Coast Guard Command performs duties assigned to it by laws and Presidential Decrees in the maritime jurisdiction areas and uses the authorities it receives from national legislation and international law.
In addition to the duties indicated above The Coast Guard may inspect foreign trade vessels in line with the procedures provided in the international law, in cases of suspected activities of piracy, migrant smuggling, trafficking of human beings and drug smuggling at open seas, and for the prevention of unauthorized transmission at open seas, may engage in international cooperation on the abovementioned matters, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Coast Guard Command also fulfills any duty arising from national and international law to fight against crimes.
In accordance with the Coast Guard Command Regulation on the Organization, Duties and Powers, ships and boats belonging to Coast Guard have state ship status and air assets have state aircraft status and thus possess the rights and privileges accordingly.