TCG Salihreis Will Escort M/V Cape Ray

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Turkish Navy announced that the MEKO 200 T/IIB class frigate F-246 TCG Salihreis will be escorting M/V Cape Ray, that will destroy the chemical weapons from Syria.

TCG Salihreis, will be among US, German and Italian warships and Greek submarine under the command of Combined Task Force 64 of US 6th Fleet.

The task force CTF-64 will escort the US flagged M/V Cape Ray which carries  two Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems designed to neutralize chemical weapons.

The U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, this morning en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical weapons transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura.

In a statement announcing the departure, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the transit to Italy is expected to take several days.

After the transfer is complete, the Cape Ray will depart Gioia Tauro for international waters to begin neutralization of the chemical agents using the embarked field deployable hydrolysis system, Kirby said. “Neutralization will be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner,” he added. “Nothing from this operation will be released into the environment.”

The Cape Ray and the field-deployable hydrolysis system are part of the U.S. contribution to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons — U.N. Joint Mission to eliminate Syria’s declared chemical materials stockpile. The vessel is part of the Transportation Department Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force program.

During this deployment a SH-70B Seahawk helicopter one CBRN defense team and one naval special forces team will be on board.

Centennial Of Turkish Naval Aviation (Part 2)

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3 AB-212 helicopters in formation flight.

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3 SH-70 Seahawk helicopters in formation flight.

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3 TB-20 planes in formation flight.

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3 CN-235 ASW planes in formation flight.

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A member of Turkish naval special forces about to finish his parachute jump from a helicopter.

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A member of Turkish naval special forces about to finish his parachute jump from a helicopter.

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A four man team of Turkish naval special forces fast roping from a hovering SH-70 Seahawk.

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Sonobuoy launchers on a CN-235 ASW plane.

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A Penguin anti ship missile training round.

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Hellfire missile training rounds.

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A Mk-54 torpedo training round.

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A CN-235 ASW plane and her crew.

This is the second part of the photos, that I took during the the celebrations of the Centennial of Turkish Naval Aviation.

Click here for the first part.

TCG Işın Launched

A-583 TCG Işın before the launching. Photo: stargundem.com

A-583 TCG Işın before the launching. Photo: stargundem.com

I know this headline is confusing as there is already one ship named as TCG Işın in Turkish Navy inventory. But apparently her days are limited.

The ship today launched is the first of the two RATSHIP (Rescue and Towing Ship) Istanbul Shipyard is constructing for Turkish Navy. Istanbul Shipyard a private company, was selected to build one submarine rescue ship and two salvage and rescue ships by SSM in June 2010. The submarine rescue ship A-601 TCG Alemdar was launched on 29 April 2014.

According to the press release of Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, the rescue and Towing ship will be capable of towing the broken down, wrecked and ran ashore ships as well as fire-fighting. Moreover, she, which will be equipped by the modern rescue systems and equipment such as remotely operated vehicle (ROV), atmospheric diving suit, submarine ventilation system, pressure rooms etc., can also perform the underwater repair works and wreck removal.

The complete design, construction, outfitting and integration of the Rescue and Towing Ship are being performed by Istanbul Shipyard. In this scope, the total industry participation and offset percentage of 65% enables the utilization of Turkish industry capabilities through the acquisition of the construction material and services as well as most of the systems integrated on the vessel.

The new A-583 TCG Işın will be handed over to Turkish Navy in January 2015.  That means the days of the old and veteran A-589 TCG Işın are limited.

This is the video of the launch:

Centennial Of Turkish Naval Aviation

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“One Century In Two Blue” is the motto for the celebrations of the Centennial of Turkish Naval Aviation.

Cengiz Topel Naval Air Base in Izmit, Kocaeli was open to the public on 22 June 2014 for the celebrations.

One ATR-72 MTU, one CN-235 ASW, one TB-20 Trinidad planes and one SH-60 Seahawk ASW, one AB-212 ASuW helicopters from Turkish Navy and one CN-235 MPA plane and one AB-412 EP helicopter were on static display. There was also one simulated rescue operation with Turkish Naval Special Forces teams.  One team fast roped from the one SH-60 Seahawk, while the other team jumped with parachutes from a high flying helicopter.

One ATR-72 MTU, 3 CN-235 ASW, 3 TB-20 Trinidad planes and 3 SH-60 Seahawk and 3 AB-212 ASW/ASuW helicopters performed an impressive  flyover.

Turkish Navy has 24 Sehawk, 11 AB-212 helicopters and 6 CN-235 ASW planes in its inventory.

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Click here for the second part.

A Busy Day On Bosphorus

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A589 TCG Işın. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-262 TCG Enez. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-264 TCG Erdemli. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-266 TCG Amasra. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-266 TCG Ayvalık. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-268 TCG Akçakoca. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-502 TCG Fatsa. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-503 TCG Finike. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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M-517 TCG Sapanca. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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SG-88 TCSG-88. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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SG-129 TCSG-129. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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F-512 TCG Büyükada. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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F-512 TCG Büyükada. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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F-240 TCG Yavuz. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

It was a very busy day on Bosphorus today. We have seen the northbound passage of 8 Turkish mine hunters / sweepers together with the corvette TCG Büyükada and support ship TCG Işın. The fleet was escorted by Coast Guard vessels TSCG-88 and TCSG-129. I assume that Turkish Navy is going to conduct a mine warfare exercise in the Black Sea.

The frigate TCG Yavuz made a southbound passage with the likely destination of Gölcük.

Turkish Navy Sinks An Old Landing Ship During Exercise

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One of the two torpedoes fired at ex Serdar finds its target.

The decommissioned Terrebonne Parish Class tank landing ship Serdar left us with a big bang.

On 30 May 2014 she was sunk as a target during the final day of the Beyaz Fırtına 2014 naval exercise.

She did not down easily. She was hit by a FIM-92 Stinger, two AGM-114 Hellfire and one RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles. According to media report one AGM-119 Penguin missiles is also fired at ex- Serdar but I was not able to verify this visually. On 3 June 2014 Turkish Navy published some photos from the firing exercise one photo clearly show the firing of the Penguin missile.

One Turkish Seahawk helicopter is firing a AGM-114 Penguin missile to LST Serdar.

One Turkish Seahawk helicopter is firing a AGM-119 Penguin missile to LST Serdar.

In addition to these missiles two undisclosed torpedoes were fired from TCG Saldıray and TCG Batıray.

The old landing ship was not the only target. Two RIM-162 ESSM missiles and one RIM-116 RAM missile were fired against drones launched from F-246 TCG Salihreis.

This is the first ESSM firing from Turkish MEKO 200 Track II B class ships.

This is the first ESSM firing from Turkish MEKO 200 Track II B class ships.

8 frigates, 3 corvettes, 18 fast attack craft 6 submarines 3 mine hunters and 31 other vessels took part in the exercise.

 

Here is a fine video from the final day of the exercise:

Turkish Navy Training Ships In Venice

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A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa and A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa in Venice. Photo: Dilek Yaylalı.

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A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa in Venice. Photo: Dilek Yaylalı.

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A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa in Venice. Photo: Dilek Yaylalı.

The two training ships of the Turkish Navy A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa and A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa are cruising in Mediterranean with the Turkish Naval Petty Officer Vocational School on board.

Every year the cadets take part in these open sea cruises as a port of their training.

During this year’s cruise the two ships will visit Split, Croatia, Venice, Italy, İzmir and Çanakkale before returning to home.

The above photos show the ship during their visit to Venice, Italy between 18 and 23 May 2014.

TCG Alemdar Launched

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A-601 TCG Alemdar after the launching. Photo: Istanbul Shipyard

This breaking story is almost one month old and show that the Turkish Shipyard have a lot to learn in public relation and in explaining to the public what they are accomplishing.

On 29 April 2014, the submarine rescue mother ship also known as MOSHIP, A-601 TCG Alemdar was launched by Istanbul Shipyard.

Istanbul Shipyard a private company, was selected to build one submarine rescue ship and two salvage and rescue ships by SSM in June 2010.

The main task of this ship will be rescue submarines that are unable to resurface themselves. She will be able to provide life support to the stranded crew of a distressed submarine up to 600 meters depth. She will carry ROV’s, atmospheric diving suits and other necessary equipment.

With fourteen modern diesel-electric submarines in service, the Turkish Navy is the biggest operator of conventionally powered submarines among both European and NATO countries. However, the existing submarine rescue and salvage ships in the Turkish Navy were built in the 1950s and they are now reaching the end of their life-spans.

It is important for the Turkish Navy to maintain an appropriate degree of salvage and recovery capability to support its large submarine force, so it is a joy to see that a very complex ship with many complex equipment on board was launched.

This is the video of the launching:

Beyaz Fırtına Naval Exercise Has Started

The naval exercise Beyaz Fırtına 2014 has kicked off today.

The exercise area incorporates Marmara Sea, Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean and will end on 1 July 2014.

During these 13 days following units will take part in the exercise:

From Turkish Navy:

  • 53 warships of various types and classes
  • 4 maritime patrol planes
  • 13 ASW helicopters

From Turkish Air Force:

  • 8 combat airplanes
  • 1 target towing plane

From Turkish Coast Guard:

  • 17 vessels of various types and classes
  • 4  helicopters

From Turkish National Intelligence Organisation:

  • 1 intelligence aircraft

According to Turkish Navy website live missile and torpedo firings will be executed against target ships.

First Steel Is Cut For Turkish TCG Bayraktar

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Suddenly and silently the construction of the first of the two new LST class ships has started.

The first steel was cut on 14 May 2014 at ADİK Shipyard. The first ship will be called as TCG Bayraktar; the name proves that the old TCG Bayraktar, an old LST-511 class landing ship is out of commission.

The contract for the construction of two new LST class landing ships was signed between ADIK shipyard and SSM in 16 June 2011. It took almost two years for the shipyard to find the 370 million Euro credit to cover the project as required by the contract.

The shipyard expect to hand the ship to Turkish Navy in 34 months on 17 February 2017.

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