Turkish Stars

I am not much interested in aerial events, but the demonstration made by Turkish Stars following the Naval Parade in Çanakkale was so impressive I have decided to do an exception and post some airplane photos.

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Naval Parade To Commemorate The Gallipoli Wars

On 24 April 2015, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Wars, a naval parade was held under the command of Turkish Navy Northern Task Group Commander Rear Admiral Ali Murat Dede.

The formation led by Turkish frigate TCG Salihreis was made up from the following ships from 5 different nations:

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1 F-246 TCG Salihreis Turkey Frigate
2 150 HMAS Anzac Australia Frigate
3 F-241 TCG Turgutreis Turkey Frigate
4 D-614 FS Cassard France Destroyer
5 F-242 TCG Fatih Turkey Frigate
6 F-77 HMNZS Te Kaha New Zealand Frigate
7 F-240 TCG Yavuz Turkey Frigate
8 L-15 HMS Bulwark Great Britain Assault Ship
9 F-511 TCG Heybeliada Turkey Corvette
10 SG-702 TCSG Güven Turkey OPV
11 SG-703 TCSG Umut Turkey OPV

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli Land Wars, 4 different ceremonies were held. The first ceremony was organised by Turkish Republic at the Turkish War Memorial on 24 April 2015. On the same day following these Turkish ceremony one ceremony at the British War Cemetery and one in French Cemetery are held simultaneously by their respective nations.

The last and, one of the major commemoration ceremonies was the Dawn Service at the Anzac Cove on 25 April 2015. More than ten thousand Australians and New Zealanders attended this special event.

The naval parade was organized for the commemorations at Turkish War Memorial and for the Anzac Dawn Service. The following photos are from the first event.

The parade of the warships was followed by an impressive show of Turkish Stars the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force. Click here for the photos.

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For the photos of the rehearsal click here.

Rehearsal For The Commemoration Parade

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On 23 April 2015, 11 warships from 5 different nations gathered in Çanakkale to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Wars.

Two of them F-77 HMNZS Te Kaha and 150 HMAS Anzac arrived after a very long journey. The New Zealand frigate Te Kaha left her home port in 16 February and The Australian Frigate Anzac on 15 March 2015.
In addition to Australian and New Zealand frigates the British assault ship HMS Bulwark and the french destroyer FS Cassard ware also present. From Turkish Navy TCG Salihreis, TCG Yavuz, TCG Turgutreis, TCG Fatih TCG Heybeliada took part in the commemorations. And Turkish Coast Guard participated with the offshore patrol vessels TCSG Güven and TCSG Umut.

The above photos are taken on 23 April 2015 as the ship sailed southbound on Dardanelles for a rehearsal.

For the photos from the international sail past click here.

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.

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