USS Ramage Arrived In Marmaris Today.

USS Ramage In Marmaris. Photo: DHA

The Arleigh Burke class US Navy destroyer DDG-61 USS Ramage arrived today in Marmaris, Muğla for a three day port visit.

The local police and administrative authoritaties took extra security measure so the US sailors on shore are not harassed like during the last port visit, when USS Ramage was in Bodrum, Muğla.

During the previous port visit a small group of protesters belonging to Turkish Communist Party, and Youth Union of Turkey protested the crew of USS Ramage upon their arrival in Bodrum. One of the protesters managed to put a sack on an US sailor during the protest as a retaliation in kind to the events occurred in 2003, when US forces in Northern Iraq captured and questioned Turkish soldiers after putting sacks on their heads.

But there are many who welcome the US sailors. I am sure that the owners of local gift shops and bars are happy to see the new clients especially during the mid of the low season.

 

USS Ramage Is In Bodrum While USS Philippine Sea Arrvies In Sevastopol

USS Ramage In Bodrum. Photo: Haberler.com

The Arleigh Burke class US Navy destroyer DDG-61 USS Ramage arrived yesterday in Bodrum, Muğla for a three day port visit.

Unlike previous port calls in Turkey, this liberty call is going to be an eventful one. Yesterday a small group of protesters belonging to Turkish Communist Party protested against the US Naval presence in Bodrum and chanted the obsolete slogan “Yankee Go Home”. Some of these protesters tried to put sacks over the heads of some sailors who were walking in the city as a protest against the infamous “Sack Incident”.

On 4 July 2003 U.S. troops and Kurdish militia attacked, took prisoner and hooded 11 Turkish soldiers of special forces acting as military observers in the Northern Iraq town of Suleymaniye, an event referred to as the “Sack Incident”.

The Turkish police arrived at the scene in a very short time and the protesters dispersed quickly. The US sailors who were harassed but unharmed by the protesting group went to the local police department to press official charges against their attackers. The police detained 8 people believed to have taken part in the incident.

It is reported that rest of the liberty calls were cancelled on the ship.

USS Philippine Sea in Sevastopol. Photo: Ukrainian MoD.

Meanwhile the Ticonderoga class US Navy cruiser, CG-58 USS Philippine Sea arrived in Sevastopol, Ukraine for a official visit.  According to the official website of Ukraine MoD, The crew of USS Philippine Sea will participate in the ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers at the memorial to the heroic defenders of Sevastopol in 1941-1942, and  provide charitable assistance to orphanages Sevastopol and Simferopol. In addition, the ship crew will visit the  Naval Lyceum.

During their stay in Sevastopol crew members USS Philippine Sea will conduct practical training with the Ukrainian Navy to use the equipment for combat survivability and communications, exchange of experience on the ship maintenance. The ship will leave Sevastopol on 24th October 2011.

 

>USS Ramage In Bodrum

>http://www.haberler.com/video-haber/iframe/video.asp?id=2088858

DDG-61 USS Ramage arrived in Bodrum for a short visit. She was in Kuşadası one month ago.

I do not know why but someone in a news agency or media portal mistakenly wrote the length of the ships as 18 meters. And all other news portals are copy pasting it without thinking that something might be wrong.

Mistake 1
Mistake 2

>USS Ramage In Kuşadası

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Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-61 USS Ramage is in Kuşadası, for a five day long port visit. The ship is docked to the large commercial port of Kuşadası and is under strict security.

The command conducted courtesy visits to city officials, while the sailors enjoyed the sun and the sea.

There is even a short video showing the sailors and the ship.

Warships In The Eastern Mediterranean (Part 2)

This is the list of the naval vessels in the region i.e. east of Crete as of 17 September 2013:

Russian Navy:

  • 548 Admiral Panteleyev, destroyer
  • 810 Smetlivy, destroyer
  • 712 Neustrashimy, frigate
  • 127 Minsk, large landing ship
  • 142 Novocharkassk, large landing ship
  • 055 Admiral Nevelskoi, large landing ship Back in the Black Sea
  • 077 Peresvet, large landing ship Back in the Black Sea
  • 110 Aleksandr Shabalin, large landing ship Back in the Marmara Sea
  • 151 Azov, large landing ship, in the Baltics
  • SSV-201 Priazove, intelligence gathering ship
  • PM-138, repair ship
  • MB-304, tug
  • Pechenga, tanker
  • 152 Nikolay Filchenkov, large landing ship

US Navy:

  • DDG-52 USS Barry, destroyer
  • DDG-107 USS Gravely, destroyer
  • DDG-61 USS Ramage, destroyer
  • DDG-55 USS Stout, destroyer
  • LPD-17 USS San Antonio, amphibious transport dock
  • T-AO-195 USNS Leroy Grumman, supply ship

German Navy:

  • P-6126 FGS Frettchen, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • P-6129 FGS Wiesel, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • A-53 FGS Oker, intelligence gathering ship

Royal Navy:

  • L-3008 RFA Mounts Bay, auxiliary landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • D-35 HMS Dragon, destroyer

Brazilian Navy

  • F-45 União, frigate, UNIFIL

Bangladeshi Navy

  • F-18 BNS Osman, frigate, UNIFIL
  • P-911 BNS Madhumati, large patrol craft, UNIFIL

Indonesian Navy

  • 365 KRI Diponegoro, corvette, UNIFIL

Greek Navy

  • P-69 HS Ypoploiarchos Kristallidis, fast attack craft, UNIFIL

French Navy

  • D-621 FS Chevalier Paul, frigate

Italian Navy

  • D-553 ITS Andera Doria, destroyer

Any additions and corrections to the list are welcomed.

Warships In The Eastern Mediterranean

As the bulk of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group passes through the Suez Canal, and Russia sending two more warships southwards, it is time to update the list of the ships in East Mediterranean

This is the list of the naval vessels in the region i.e. east of Crete:

Russian Navy:

  • 548 Admiral Panteleyev, destroyer
  • 127 Minsk, large landing ship
  • 142 Novocharkassk, large landing ship
  • 055 BDK-98, large landing ship
  • 077 Peresvet, large landing ship
  • 151 Azov, large landing ship
  • SSV-201 Priazove, intelligence gathering ship
  • PM-138, repair ship
  • MB-304, tug
  • Pechenga, tanker
  • 810 Smetlivy, destroyer – ETA 3 days
  • 152 Nikolay Filchenkov, large landing ship – ETA 3 days

US Navy:

  • DDG-52 USS Barry, destroyer
  • DDG-107 USS Gravely, destroyer
  • DDG-61 USS Ramage, destroyer
  • DDG-55 USS Stout, destroyer
  • LPD-17 USS San Antonio, amphibious transport dock
  • T-AO-195 USNS Leroy Grumman, supply ship

German Navy:

  • P-6126 FGS Frettchen, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • P-6129 FGS Wiesel, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • A-53 FGS Oker, intelligence gathering ship

Royal Navy:

  • L-3008 RFA Mounts Bay, auxiliary landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay, auxiliary landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • L-15 HMS Bulward, landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • F-236 HMS Montrose, frigate, Cougar 2013

Brazilian Navy

  • F-45 União, frigate, UNIFIL

Bangladeshi Navy

  • F-18 BNS Osman, frigate, UNIFIL
  • P-911 BNS Madhumati, large patrol craft, UNIFIL

Indonesian Navy

  • 365 KRI Diponegoro, corvette, UNIFIL

Greek Navy

  • P-69 HS Ypoploiarchos Kristallidis, fast attack craft, UNIFIL

French Navy

  • D-621 FS Chevalier Paul, destroyer

Italian Navy

  • D-553 ITS Andera Doria, destroyer

Any additions and corrections to the list are welcomed.

The Situation In The Eastern Mediterranean (Part 12)

After my first post of the ships in East Mediterranean, I have received numerous responses in forms of blog comments and tweets. I thank every one who contributed.

This is the list of the naval vessels in the region i.e. east of Crete:

Russian Navy:

  • 548 Admiral Panteleyev, destroyer
  • 127 Minsk, large landing ship
  • 142 Novocharkassk, large landing ship
  • 055 BDK-98, large landing ship
  • 077 Peresvet, large landing ship
  • 151 Azov, large landing ship
  • SSV-201 Priazove, intelligence gathering ship
  • PM-138, repair ship
  • MB-304, tug
  • Pechenga, tanker

US Navy:

  • DDG-52 USS Barry, destroyer
  • DDG-107 USS Gravely, destroyer
  • DDG-61 USS Ramage, destroyer
  • DDG-55 USS Stout, destroyer
  • LPD-17 USS San Antonio, amphibious transport dock
  • T-AO-195 USNS Leroy Grumman, supply ship

German Navy:

  • P-6126 FGS Frettchen, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • P-6129 FGS Wiesel, fast attack craft, UNIFIL
  • A-53 FGS Oker, intelligence gathering ship

Royal Navy:

  • L-3008 RFA Mounts Bay, auxiliary landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay, auxiliary landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • L-15 HMS Bulward, landing ship, Cougar 2013
  • F-236 HMS Montrose, frigate, Cougar 2013

Brazilian Navy

  • F-45 União, frigate, UNIFIL

Bangladeshi Navy

  • F-18 BNS Osman, frigate, UNIFIL
  • P-911 BNS Madhumati, large patrol craft, UNIFIL

Indonesian Navy

  • 365 KRI Diponegoro, corvette, UNIFIL

Greek Navy

  • P-69 HS Ypoploiarchos Kristallidis, fast attack craft, UNIFIL

French Navy

  • D-621 FS Chevalier Paul, destroyer

Italian Navy

  • D-553 ITS Andera Doria, destroyer

Any additions and corrections to the list are welcomed.

>TCG Oruçreis will join Joint Warrior (Updated)

>After completing the electronic warfare trail organized by RN in Portsmouth, TCG Oruçreis apparently sailed to north.

Not quite yet. I am sorry but the news about the journeys of TCG Oruçreis comes to me with a delay.

Apparently after completing the electronic warfare trail organized by RN in Portsmouth, she has sailed to Amsterdam and arrived there on 30th September 2009. She will stay in Amsterdam for four days and after that she will sail to Scotland to join the multinational NATO exercise Joint Warrior 2009-2.

The JW is a multi-warfare exercise. The aim of the exercise is to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participating crews to conduct combined operations.

Joint Warrior 2009-2 is scheduled to commence between 5th – 23th October 2009. The scenarios will include small boat attacks, exercise air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and boarding operations.

The order of battle is:
F-245 TCG Oruçreis
R06 HMS Illustrious
F-238 HMS Northumberland
F-89 HMS Portland
M-109 HMS Bangor
M-106 HMS Penzance
M-112 HMS Shoreham
F-330 HMCS Halifax
F-336 HMCS Montreal
D-282 HMCS Athabaskan
A-510 HMCS Preserver
L-16 HDMS Absalon
FFG-32 USS John L. Hall
DDG-61 USS Ramage
DDG-67 USS Cole

The sole non-NATO participant of this exercise is F-41 BNS Defensora from Brazilian Navy.

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