SNMG-2 Finished It’s Stay In Istanbul

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On 21 March 2015 the ships of the NATO’s SNMG-2 have left the Black Sea. While the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis left the task force and returned to her home port in Gölcük, İzmit, the flag-ship of the SNMG-2, USS Vicksburg sailed straight to the Mediterranean.

The Canadian and Italian frigates made a 2 day port visit in Istanbul which ended on 23 March 2015.

18 March 2015 Naval Parade (Part 2)

I am posting a couple of wide-angle shots to give an impression about the general conduct of the naval parade.

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4 fast attack craft in formation. There is two more but I could not squeeze them in the the photo.

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The corvettes and patrol boats passing through Çanakkale.

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A wide-angle view of the helicopter fly past. 3 Navy S-70B Seahawks are in the front, followed by 3 Coast Guard AB-412’s and 3 (one not in the picture) Army AS-532UL Cougar Mk1.

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T-129 Atak. Turkish attack helicopter based on Italian Mangusta helicopter frame. 3 of them took part in the ceremonies.

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For the photos of the ships click here.

18 March 2015 Naval Parade (Part 1)

On 18 March 2015, Turkish Navy organised a Naval Parade in Çanakkale Strait to commemorate Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 100 years ago.

6 Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, 3 maritime patrol planes and 6 Army helicopters took part in a fly over. And the Turkish Stars, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force made a display. The focal point of the commemorations was the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, was off the limit for me. But I was never the less able to take photos of the warships taking part in the parade, Coast Guard Boats, providing security and ships that were open for public.

TCG Fatih and TCG Akçay were moored in Çanakkale and were open for public visitation:
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The point ship of the naval parade was the replica of the small minelayer TCG Nusret. She was followed by TCG Alanya, TCG Akçakoca and TCG Ayvalık. This was a very propitiate selection ans the mines of the original Nusret laid 100 years ago had a had very definitive results, from the point of view of the continuation of the battle and the future of the world, the mines laid as Sir Winston Churchill once said.
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The second line of the ships were the frigates TCG Oruçreis, TCG Salihreis, TCG Yıldırım, TCG Yavuz, TCG Gemlik and corvettes, TCG Heybeliada, TCG Bozcaada and TCG Bafra.
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The frigates were followed by the patrol boats TCG Türkeli and TCG Karabiga.
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Coast Guard section was headed by TCSG Dost. TCGS Güven, TCSG 303 and TCSG 106 followed her.
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The fast attack boats were the last group of ships to take part in the parade. TCG Mızrak, TCG Kalkan, TCG Atak, TCG Doğan, TCG Tayfun, TCG Rüzgar.
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The following boats provided security during the ceremonies:
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Large landing ship TCG Osmangazi made an appearance in Çanakkale but she did not take port in the commemorations.
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Kaliningrad Back In Her Home Waters

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The Russian Ropucha class landing ship Kaliningrad passing through Öresund on 28 November 2014. Photo: Per Körnefeldt. Used with permission.

The Ropucha class large landing ship of the Baltic Fleet, Kaliningrad returned to her home port at the end of November. For 12 months she was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet and made several transport runs for the so-called Syrian Express operations.

Another Ropucha class landing ship from the Baltic Fleet, Alexander Shabalin replaced Kaliningrad.

The photo was sent by Mr. Körnefeldt from Helsingborg, Sweden.

Republic Day 2014

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Today we are celebrating the 91th anniversary the creation of Turkish Republic.

I am grateful to those who made it possible for me and my family to live in this beautiful country under our own flag.

And I can’t think of a better was to celebrate our independence with a couple of elegantly decorated ships.

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

Sailing Ship Kruzenshtern Passed Through Bosphrus

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Sailing ship Kruzenshtern passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used wtih permission.

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While the attention was turned to the passage of two US Navy warships to protect the US participants to the Sochi Olympics, the sailing vessel Kruzenshtern passed through the Bosphorus today.

Like the sailing ship Mir which passed last week, Kruzenshtern is heading to Sochi too.

Sailing Ship Mir Passed Through Bosphorus

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Russian sailing ship Mir on her way to Sochi.

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Russian sailing ship Mir on her way to Sochi.

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Russian sailing ship Mir on her way to Sochi.

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Russian sailing ship Mir on her way to Sochi. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Russian sailing ship Mir on her way to Sochi. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

Russian sailing ship Mir passed through the Bosphorus today. She is heading to Sochi where we will be used as a floating accommodation according to Black Sea News. She had sailed from St. Petersburg on 19 December 2013, and her estimated time of arrival in Sochi is 5 February 2014.

Mir is owned by Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in Saint Petersburg who operates her as its main training vessel. It is on this ship that many engineers and navigators take their training ready for the Russian Merchant fleet.

Happy Anniversary For Turkish Republic

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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.

Ukrainian Corvette On Her Way To Operation Active Endeavour

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Ukrainian corvette Ternopil, passing through Bosphorus.

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.

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