Turkish Navy Submarine Rescue Operation

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The Atmospheric Diving Suit being lowered into the sea. Photo: AA

Last week Turkish Navy demonstrated its underwater search and rescue capabilities by using an atmospheric diving suit (ADS).

According to the training scenario the Atılay class submarine TCG Dolunay at a dept of 100 meters, released her distress buoy 13 miles off the coast of Mediterranean city Mersin . When the news of the distresses submarine reached the HQ of the Salvage Command of Turkish Navy the ADS , its pilot and the support crew were flown to İncirlik Air Force base in Adana. From here they were brought to Mersin harbor and loaded to the tug A-590 TCG İnebolu.

When TCG İnebolu arrived to the location of the distressed submarine, the ADS was lowered to the submarine. The pilot inside ADS connected fresh air supply from the surface to the submarine. The circulation of the fresh and used air is vital for the bottomed submarine until further rescue equipment arrives to the scene.

The ADS known as Hardsuit Quantum 1200 by its manufacturer,  Oceanworks, is in operation since 2007 and can operate till 365 meter of depth.  Although it is very risky to submerge a person to such depths having a human on the scene can have some advantages over using ROVs. A similar ADS with a higher depth rating (600m) will be on board  of the submarine rescue mother ship (MOSHIP) A-601 TCG Alemdar when she is commissioned.

Here is a nice video of ADS at work:

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 37)

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The Ropucha class landing ship 102 Kaliningrad, returning from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The Ropucha class landing ship 102 Kaliningrad, returning from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The Ropucha class landing ship 142 Novocharkassk making a northbound passage through Bosphorus returning from Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The Ropucha class landing ship 142 Novocharkassk making a northbound passage through Bosphorus returning from Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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This photo was taken when the Slava class cruiser and the flagship of Russian Black Sea Fleet, 121 Moskva made her southbound passage on 7 September 2014. Photo: Nurderen Özbek. Used with permission.

On 29 September 2014, Sunday morning the two buddies, Ropucha Class landing ships Kaliningrad and Novacharssack returned from their Mediterranean deployment.

While the Ropuchas were passing through the Dardanelles on 28 September 2014 they have seen the Udaloy class destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov heading to the Mediterranean.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
21.09.2014 616 Samum Southbound Russia
23.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Southbound French
25.09.2014 333 Toronto Southbound Canada
25.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Bourbon Southbound Spain
27.09.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Southbound Russia
28.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
28.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Turkish Navy Day

The Turkish Navy is having a really big party at the weekend to celebrate the Navy Day and to commemorate the Battle of Prevesa.

40 warships of various types will be open for public in 16 different cities.

The whole list of activities is long and can be found here.

The following ships and boats will be open to public:

Number Name Type City
A-1542 Söndüren 2 Tug Aksaz
P-1202 Köyceğiz Patrol Boat Aksaz
P-1208 Kaş Patrol Boat Aksaz
P-141 Yunus 1 Patrol Boat Aksaz
S-356 Anafartalar Submarine Amasra
F-493 Gelibolu Frigate Antalya
F-500 Bozcaada Corvette Bozcaada
P-1203 Kumkale Patrol Boat Çanakkale
P-1205 Karabiga Patrol Boat Çanakkale
P-1210 Türkeli Patrol Boat Çanakkale
M-262 Enez Mine Hunter Erdek
M-269 Anamur Mine Hunter Erdek
M-270 Akçay Mine Hunter Erdek
M-502 Fatsa Mine Sweeper Erdek
M-517 Sapanca Mine Sweeper Erdek
P-347 Fırtına Fast Attack Craft Fethiye
F-501 Bodrum Corvette Foça
F-502 Bandırma Corvette Foça
P-1206 Karşıyaka Patrol Boat Foça
P-340 Doğan Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-341 Martı Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-342 Tayfun Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-348 Yıldız Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-332 Mızrak Fast Attack Craft Gazimagosa
F-494 Gökçeada Frigate Gökçeada
A-595 Yb. Kudret Güngör Tanker Gölcük
F-240 Yavuz Frigate Gölcük
F-246 Salihreis Frigate Gölcük
F-493 Gökova Frigate Gölcük
P-330 Kılıç Fast Attack Craft Gölcük
S-349 Batıray Submarine Gölcük
S-355 18 Mart Submarine Gölcük
F-242 Fatih Frigate İstanbul
P-1200 Tuzla Patrol Boat İstanbul
P-1207 Tekirdağ Patrol Boat İstanbul
S-353 Preveze Submarine Karadeniz Ereğlisi
S-357 Gür Submarine Karadeniz Ereğlisi
F-505 Bafra Corvette Mersin
P-333 Tufan Fast Attack Craft Sinop
F-497 Göksu Frigate Trabzon

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 36)

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The Spanish frigate F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón passing through Bosphorus.

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The Canadian frigate F-333 HMCS Toronto making her southbound passage through Bosphorus.

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Before the two NATO ships passed through the Bosphorus there was F-511 TCG Heybeeliada.

Today, in the morning hours, the Task Unit 2 of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, consisting of the Canadian frigate F-333 HMCS Toronto and the Spanish frigate F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón made their southbound passage through Bosphorus and left the Black Sea.

With their departure , the French intelligence gathering Ship A-759 FS Dupuy De Lome remains the only non-Black Sea nation NATO ship in the region. The other French warship in the Black Sea F-796 FS Commandat Birot made her passage through the Bosphorus on 23 September 2014.

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FS Commandat Birot passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
21.09.2014 616 Samum Southbound Russia
23.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Southbound French
25.09.2014 333 Toronto Southbound Canada
25.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Bourbon Southbound Spain

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

The Procession Of Turkish Warships To The Black Sea

Today we have witnessed a procession of different types of Turkish warships and a submarine to the Black Sea:

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Y-36 TCG Meseha-2. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-1200 TCG Tuzla. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-587 TCG Gazal. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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An unnamed 209 Type 1400 class submarine.

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Ç-140 TCG Ç-140. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-333 TCG Tufan. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-330 TCG Kılıç. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

While the reason(s) for their deployment to the Black Sea has not been public, it is safe to assume that some of them may engage with SNMG-2 ships still in the Black Sea.

The below text is from the official statement from NATO with an emphasize of mine:

Varna, Bulgaria – Last weekend from 19 till 22 September 2014, the two ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) Task Unit TWO (TU.02) stayed in Varna for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea.

Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and SPS AMIRALTE JUAN de BORBON (Spanish Navy).

SNMG2 is visiting the port as part of the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region.

“This visit has been planned for quite some time, and in light of current events it; has become all the more significant,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commander SNMG2 TU.02. “We are delighted to come and train together, eager to enhance our mutual understanding, and eager to bring a strong message to Bulgarian people and to all Allied Nations regarding NATO’s resolve and commitment to collective defence.

”In conjunction with the port visit, Commander NATO Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Hudson will visit with the Bulgarian Minister of Defence, Dr. Velizar Shalamanov, and Bulgarian Navy leaders to discuss maritime security and other issues of shared interest.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Bulgarian Navy for their support in making this visit possible.” said Vice Admiral Hudson. “While this deployment to the Black Sea is reflective of our naval forces’ regular activities, it is also part of a broader set of military measures agreed upon by NATO’s highest political body, the North Atlantic Council, to reinforce our collective defence and demonstrate the strength of Allied solidarity.”

During the remainder of its deployment in the Black Sea, SNMG2 TU.02 will engage with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy and air and naval units from Turkey.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 35)

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The Russian Degach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Yasemin Dora. Used with permission.

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The Russian Degach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: İmran Dora. Used with permission.

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The Russian Degach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: İmran Dora. Used with permission.

Today one of the two Dergach class warships of Russian Black Sea Fleet, 616 Samum made a southbound passage through the Bosphorus. Tomorrow she will presumable pass through the Dardanelles and move to the Aegean Sea.

Her sister 615 Bora was one of the warships that was in Istanbul during the biannual defence exhibition IDEF last year.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
21.09.2014 616 Samum Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 34)

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The French intelligence gathering ship A-759 Dupuy de Lôme making her northbound passage through the Bosphorus. The Turkish Coast Guard boat TCSG-5 is escorting her. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The French intelligence gathering ship A-759 Dupuy de Lôme making her northbound passage through the Bosphorus for her 5. deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Usually spies try to be anonym and faceless. Not that spy. The French intelligence gathering ship A-759 Dupuy de Lôme has become a well know ship around this part of the world. Today she has passed through the Bosporus and entered the Black Sea for her 5th deployment in 2014.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 33)

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Russian landing ship Kaliningrad passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük ışık. Used with permission.

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Russian landing ship Novocharkassk passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük ışık. Used with permission.

On 17 September 2014 two Russian landing ships, Kaliningrad and Novocharkassk passed through the Bosphorus on their way to the Mediterranean. This is the 8th deployment in 2014 for both ships.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

SNMG-2 Arrives In Varna

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HMCS Toronto entering into Varna harbour. Photo: Nikolay Zlatev. Used with permission.

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ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon arriving in Varna harbour.  Photo: Nikolay Zlatev. Used with permission.

Task Unit 2 of SNMG-2 consisting of F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon and Canadian frigate FHH-333 HMCS Toronto arrived in Varna Bulgaria today.

Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and AMIRALTE JUAN de BORBON (Spanish Navy).  SNMG2 is visiting the port as part of the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region.

“This visit has been planned for quite some time, and in light of current events it; has become all the more significant,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commander SNMG2 TU.02. “We are delighted to come and train together, eager to enhance our mutual understanding, and eager to bring a strong message to Bulgarian people and to all Allied Nations regarding NATO’s resolve and commitment to collective defence.

Constanta, Romania was the Task Force’s previous port of call.

On 16 September 2014, under the banner of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) Task Unit 02 (TU02), HMCS TORONTO, ESPS ALMIRANTE JUAN DE BORBON and ROS REGELE FERNIDAND have completed their 4 day visit to Constanta, Romania. The port visit served to reaffirm the Alliance’s commitment to maritime defence and security and reassure Black Sea NATO Allies.

“Our ships were honoured and humbled to be a part of NATO’s maritime visit to the historic city as Constanta, Romania,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of HMCS TORONTO and Commander of SNMG2 Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU02). “Our presence here serves to reaffirm NATO’s strong support and commitment to Alliance solidarity.”

Visit the excellent blog Sea Dog for more photos from SNMG-2.

RFA Lyme Bay In Bodrum

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L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay in Bodrum. Photo: memuruz.net

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay has docked in Bodrum for a port visit. Her sister, RFA Mounts Bay, made also a port visit in Bodrum during last year’s deployment.

L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay is currently on a 4 month-long deployment in the Mediterranean called Cougar 2014 with other Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary  units.

According to Royal Navy the Cougar is a four-month deployment, 14, includes a series of demanding amphibious and maritime-based exercises with partner nations throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East region and ensures that the task group is ready to respond to any contingency the UK Government directs upon it.

The Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) in Cougar 2014 has already conducted exercise with Greek and Albanian armed forces.

RFA Lyme Bay will leave Bodrum on 21 September 2014.

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