The Graduation Ceremony At The Turkish Naval Academy

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Gabya class frigate F-497 TCG Göksu. She is one of the four ships which will receive Smart Mk2 radar and Mk-41 VLS launcher upgrade and the new ESSM missiles.

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Barbaros class frigate F-245 TCG Oruçreis. She will receive  Smart Mk2 radar and her Mk29 launcher will be replaced with a Mk41 VLS.

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S-349 TCG Batıray. One of the six Ay class submarines.

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S-354 TCG Sakarya. One of the four  Preveze class submarines.

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P-332 TCG Mızrak. Kılıç class fast attack craft.

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P-337 TCG Atak She is the same class as TCG Mızrak.

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M-265 TCG Alanya. This Aydın class mine hunter is one of the most modern ships of her kind in Turkish Navy.

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M-268 TCG Akçakoca. She is the same class as TCG Alanya.

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A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa. She is one of the two large training ships of Turkish Naval Forces.

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SG-702  TCSG Güven. One of the four Dost class OPVs of Turkish Coast Guard.

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SG-90 TCSG-90 was on patrol duty protecting the other ships 

Today, there was a graduation ceremony at Turkish Naval Academy. I did not attend the ceremony but I was able to take photos of the warships anchored off the Naval Academy for the celebrations. I guess, the number of the warships and their combined firepower was more than the naval armed forces of many nations.

I wish friendly seas, following winds and a successful career to the new officers of our naval forces

SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

The resolution of the photo is not excellent but it is good enough to recognize the shapes of the warships of SNMCMG-2 making a port visit in Istanbul.

The NATO taskforce arrived,  on 23 July 2014 in Istanbul, after making port visits in Varna Bulgaria and Constanta Romania. While in Bulgaria, the task force took part in the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze 2014.

USS Vella Gulf In Kuşadası

CG-72 USS Vella Gulf in Kuşadası. Dwarfed by the cruise liner Queen Elisabeth . Photo:

On 3 July 2014 the US cruiser USS Vella Gulf arrived in Kuşadası for a port visit.

According to news reports the ship will stay till Sunday

USS Carney In Bodrum

US destroyer USS Carney in Bodrum. Photo: Bodum'da Bugün

US destroyer DDG-64 USS Carney in Bodrum. Photo: Bodum’da Bugün

The Arleigh Burke class US destroyer DDG-64 USS Carney arrived in Bodrum, Turkey for a 3 day port visit.

According to wikipedia, on 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Carney would be upgraded during fiscal 2012 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

FS Surcouf In Marmaris

F-711 FS Surcouf arrives in Marmaris. Photo:

F-711 FS Surcouf arrives in Marmaris. Photo:

The French La Fayette class frigate F-711 FS Surcouf arrived in Marmaris, yesterday.
The ship will leave on Monday and resume her duties in the Eastern Mediterranean.

On a lighter note the arrival of the French ship was published by many Turkish media portals as

The French Navy frigate Scout F711, conducting NATO duties, came in the morning to Marmaris.

It seems to write the correct name of the ship was an unbearable burden for the Turkish journalist originating the story, and the editors of the other news portals using the story did not bother to checking the facts.

Chevalier Paul In Marmaris

The French destroyer D-621 Chevalier Paul in Marmaris. Photo: DHA via

The French destroyer D-621 Chevalier Paul in Marmaris. Photo: DHA via

The second Forbin (Horizon) class destroyer of the French Navy D-621 FS Chevalier Paul arrived in Marmaris, Muğla for a 3 day port visit.

Toulon based warship, has been deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean since mid September.

Jean Bart In Istanbul


D-615 FS Jean Bart arriving in Istanbul, on 30 April 2013

After visiting Novorossiysk and Varna, the French destroyer D-615 FS Jean Bart arrived for a 3 day visit.

FS jean Bart is very similar in operational capabilities with her 40 SM-1 MR surface to air missiles fired by the Mk-13 launcher and Smart Mk2 3D radar to the Turkish Navy Gabya class frigates.

She looks old and tired. Her crew must have a hard time in keeping her in good shape.

The Russian Warship Bora Will Visit Istanbul In May

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

The Voice Of Russia reported today that a Russian warship will be visiting Istanbul between 7 and 10 May 2013.

The Bora class hoverborne guided missile corvette of the Russian Navy, RFS Bora will be in Istanbul during the IDEF’13, 11th International Defence Industry Fair.

The Bora class corvettes have a very unconventional structure where a large air cushion is placed between a catamaran hull.

This shape provides lift and high speed.

The ship is armed with Moskit anti-ship missiles and short range anti aircraft missiles.

The sensor suit and the armament of this class closely resembles another Russians corvette class Tarantul.

It is the largest military hovercraft unmatched anywhere in the world. With the displacement of 1000 tons, the craft has a cruising speed of 100 kilometers an hour. It is armed with 8 Mosquito missiles which can strike targets on the sea and on land. The hovercraft has 20 anti-aircraft missiles, an artillery complex, a machine-gun and an interference creating device. The hovercraft has an aluminium hull. Though it’s a light craft, its seaworthiness is very high. The hovercraft can be on an autonomous voyage for 10 days. One refueling is enough for 2,500 miles. The complement is 68 men.

I sincerely hope that I may be able to take photos of the strange and interesting vessel.

FGS Hessen In In Marmaris


F-221 FGS Hessen and A-1442 FSG Spessart in Aksaz. Photo:

In the morning hours two German warships will leave the Turkish naval base Aksaz, Marmaris and will head to eastern Mediterranean. The frigate F-221 FGS Hessen and the replenishment ship A-1442 FSG Spessart have arrived in Aksaz naval base on 8th March 2013 for a 3 day port visit.

According to NATO, these two warships make the whole Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 which conducts the Operation Active Endeavour in the eastern Mediterranean.


Italian Carrier Cavour Arrived In Marmaris

Italian aircraft carrier ITS C-550 Cavour in Marmaris.

Italian aircraft carrier ITS C-550 Cavour in Marmaris. Photos:

The Italian aircraft carrier C-550 ITS Cavour arrived in Marmaris as planned, today.

The Italian task force commanded by Rear Admiral Carlo Massagli, consists of carrier ITS C-550 Cavour, destroyer D-554 ITS Calio Dulio and the fleet tanker A-5327 ITS Stromboli.

The destroyer and the tanker have docked at the Aksaz Naval Base adjacent to the touristic town of Marmaris. The highly visible aircraft carrier however docked at the port in Marmaris usually used by large passenger ships.

According to Wikipedia, Cavour was laid down by Fincantieri on 17 July 2001, and she was launched from the RivaTrigoso shipyard in SestriLevante, on 20 July 2004.

The ship is designed to combine fixed wing V/STOL and helicopter air operations, command and control operations and the transport of military or civil personnel and heavy vehicles. The 134 metre, 2,800 m2 hangar space can double as a vehicle hold capable of holding up to 24 main battle tanks  or many more lighter vehicles, and is fitted aft with access ramps rated to 70 tons, as well as two elevators rated up to 30 tons for aircraft. Cavour can also operate as Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH), accommodating heavy transport helicopters and 325 marines.

The ship is armed with following weapons:

  • 4 × 8 cell A-43 Sylver launchers carrying the MBDA Aster 15 surface to air missile
  • 2 × Oto Melara 76/62 mm Super Rapido gun
  • 3 × Oerlikon Contraves25/80 mm AA gun

The Italian ships will stay in Marmaris until 12th February 2013.

Click here for the video of Cavour in Marmaris.

Click here for more photos.



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