29 Oct 2013 3 Comments
The Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-312, silhouetted by the massive fireworks display on Bosphorus to night, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Turkish Republic.
9 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
The Ukrainian, Grisha (Project 1124 EM/P) class corvette U-209 Ternopil passed through the Bosphorus today. She will take part in NATO anti terror operation in Mediterranean Operation Active Endeavour.
The Ukrainian has deployed two warships at the same time for two different operations. The Krivak class frigate U-310 Hetman Sahaydachniy is in the Gulf of Aden to conduct anti-piracy operations while as mentioned U-209 Ternopil will take part in Operation Active Endeavour.
The simultaneous deployment of two warships is a considerable feat for the Ukrainian Navy considering their size and resources.
This is the Google translation of the official announcement of the Ternopil deployment:
Today, October 8, antisubmarine corvettes Naval Forces of Ukraine “Ternopil” under Captain 3rd rank Oleg Grigoriev went from Sevastopol in the Mediterranean Sea to the tasks NATO antiterrorist operation “Active Endeavour”. While patrolling in a certain area of the Mediterranean Ukrainian crew of the ship will carry out practical steps to monitor civilian shipping, collecting and recording information on suspicious vehicles, their maintenance and inspection, maintenance vehicles with loads of special importance, antimine of civilian shipping. On board the “Ternopil” is an observation team of crew and unit of Marines.
Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Admiral Il’yin when wiring the ship said that the corvette “Ternopil” their participation in Operation “Active Endeavour” is doing noble work for the Navy and the state. Head of the Armed Forces expressed confidence that the crew of honor perform all tasks.
Personnel also read out greetings from the head region, which has patronage over the ship – Head of Ternopil Regional State Administration Valentine Hoptyana. The Governor wished the sailors swimming successful and happy return to home base.
Since parting words to the crew and asked Assistant Secretary of Defense Ukraine stock Admiral Viktor Maksimov, Sebastopol City Council member Peter Kudryashov, Chairman of the Board of Veterans Ukraine Navy Rear Admiral Victor reserve Nosenko, director of “skeleton” Leonid Sobolev.
Help. practical phase of NATO antiterrorist operation “Active Endeavour” in the Mediterranean began Oct. 6, 2001.
According to the agreement between Ukraine and NATO on Ukraine’s participation in naval operations in the Mediterranean, the state supports the Alliance by bringing the operation of ships and inspection teams of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.
The purpose of the operation – to prevent trafficking of weapons, drugs, preventing terrorism, human trafficking and the control of shipping.
25 Jul 2013 1 Comment
I am not going to be modest. The above photos are -until it is proved otherwise- are the first public photos showing the second Milgem class corvette F-512 TCG Büyükada underway.
The high number of civilians on board indicates that this is a cruise in order to test the systems on board.
TCG Büyükada will be commissioned in the Turkish Navy on 28 September 2013.
19 Jun 2013 1 Comment
Yesterday, on 18 June 2013, in the early morning hours, one Turkish Type 209 / 1400 class submarine sailed through Bosphorus to Marmara Sea.
Since Turkish Navy stooped painting the pennant number of the submarines on their hulls, it is impossible to identify each individual submarine anymore. While this new painting scheme helps the submarines to blend and prevents IR/FLIR/LLTV using trackers or electro-optic directors any high contrast target, it makes ship spotting difficult.
She could be S-356 TCG Anafartalar as she was in the Black Sea last month.
12 May 2013 1 Comment
As reported earlier last week we had an unusual guest. The Russian Dergach class air cushion corvette 615 RFS Bora made her maiden foreign visit to Istanbul during the IDEF 2013 defense exhibition.
I don’t know if the ship has received any visitors, as she was docked almost 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from the exhibition center.
I was able to take the photos of RFS Bora on her very last moments in Istanbul, during her deployment back to Russia. The ship is heavily armed with 8 SS-N-22 Sunburn supersonic missiles, one 76mm gun, two 30mm close in weapon systems and SA-N-4 Gecko SAM missiles. I was not on board so I have no idea about the inside of the ship but judging the size and the armaments and sensors she is carrying I do not think that there is much space left for the crew to live.
1 May 2013 Leave a comment
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.
24 Apr 2013 2 Comments
On 23 April 2013 I have sighted the 4 boat of the Tuzla class patrol boats P-1204 TCG Tarsus.
She was returning from sea trial. It is interesting to note that while she is manned by naval personnel and under the command of an officer she returned to the builder’s yard. The ASW rocket launcher at aft seem to be not installed.
4 Feb 2013 2 Comments
After the ending of the largest(!) naval exercise of recent history Russian units started to return to their home ports.
Today two large landing ships, Alligator class large landing ship 150 Saratov and Ropucha class large landing ship 151 Azov passed through the Bosphorus on their way back to home. Later during the day the replenishment tanker Ivan Bubnov passed through the Bosphorus too.
I am waiting for the Slava class cruiser Moskva and Kashin class destroyer Smetlivy to pass in a few days.