Season’s Greetings

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I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014.

Notice To Mariners

There will very light or no blogging until further notice.

Fifth Anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of this blog.

This is my 976th post, thus I post 195 entries per year on average. In 2011 I had 568 views per day, in 2012 it was 686. This year it is 831. Not bad for a very specialized blog with a very focused content. 

To be honest I had no idea how long and how far I could travel along this path when I started this blog. Now I realize that it opened a new chapter in my life. Through this blog I was able to meet with a lot of people -most of them online, some of them in person- who shared my interest in maritime affairs in this region.

I would like to thank each and every one who has contributed to this blog. I hope you are enjoying reading this blog as much as I’m enjoying writing it.

New Year’s Resolutions

My first blog entry in 2012 was this:

My regular readers may have noticed that I have not been writing much in the last few days. This due to the fact that I now have a regular day job. My new job takes up most of my day so that I have little time left for my blog.

So my new year’s resolution is to post one post every other day. If I end the year 2012 with 170 or more  new posts I will consider my self successful.

I have ended 2012 with 162 blog entries, 8 short from my goal. But never the less it was a good year, because:

My plans for 2013 are simple: I will try to continue what I have been doing, as one of my readers so nicely wrote “You keep up with naval events that have not been covered in Western news media since the Soviet Union collapsed”; steady as she goes.

 

I wish you all a Happy 2013.

 

 

 

Stratfor Uses Bosphorus Naval News As A Source. So Why Don’t You?

Today I was reading one of the hacked e-mails from the private US intelligence company Stratfor. Last year in December a hacker collective known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for crashing the Web site of the Stratfor Global Intelligence Service. The hacker declared that they have obtained the full client list including their credit cards information, as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence.

Since the beginning of March these e-mails are being published by Wikileaks and other associated websites. So of these e-mail especially those about Turkey and Turkish politics found a large audience in Turkish media.

While I was reading this particular e-mail with the subject line “Re: Discussion – Turkey/MIL – The Turkish Navy” dated “Jul 2, 2009 20:01″ with Email ID 982788, I have realized that one of the indicated sources in the attached word file and used for the basis of the analyses was my own blog.

My blog post on the acquisition plans of 2 three masted schooner type training ships was one of the referred sources. I was delighted to see that Stratfor used my postings as a source for their work but I was also saddened that I have been largely misinterpreted by the Stratfor analyst.

Well, read the Stratfor mail and my blog post and decide for yourself.

 

New Year’s resolutions

My regular readers may have noticed that I have not been writing much in the last few days. This due to the fact that I now have a regular day job. My new job takes up most of my day so that I have little time left for my blog.

So my new year’s resolution is to post one post every other day. If I end the year 2012 with 170 or more  new posts I will consider my self successful.

A Happy And Prosperous 2012

Happy Holidays

Bosphorus Naval News Is On DefencePoint (UPDATED)

The DefencePOint, one of the few Greek military blogs that is worth of reading has published my story about the ESSM test of Turkish Navy.

They have also used the photo showing the firing of the missile from this blog.

Unfortunately the bloggers at this blog (initially) forgot to mention my blog as the source of the photo and their story. But the photo is visible and you can compare the photo and wording that story to mine.

Well I am not surprised anymore to see my stories or photos being used by other web sites or blogs that conveniently forget to mention this blog as the source.

But I am surprised by the remarks such as “As illustrated by the remarkable site” or “this portal is distinguished by seriousness and professionalism”.

UPDATE:

The DefencePoint made yesterday an announcement that have made the above mentioned omission without any bad intention.

I accept this announcement and thank them for their kind words about me and my work.

I am only happy to  reciprocate their good natured wishes in a same manner and courtesy.

Notice To Mariners

There will be light posting or no blogging until further notice.

 

 

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