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My captured picture

This weeks photo feature the Falkland War veteran F-90 HMS Briliant. She served in the Brazilian Navy 8 years in addition to her service in RN of 18 years.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 18)

A-5340 ITS Elettra leaving the Bosphorus.

A-5340 ITS Elettra leaving the Bosphorus.

A-5340 ITS Elettra making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

A-5340 ITS Elettra making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

On 4 July 2014, the Italian intelligence gathering ship, A-5340 ITS Elettra left the Black Sea, after 21 days.

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F-711 FS Surcouf her northbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Later in the evening the French frigate F-711 FS Surcouf returned to the Black Sea. I do not know if she is going to take part in the Breeze 2014 naval exercise or not.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 102 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.05.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Breeze 2014 Naval Exercise

The Bulgarian Navy is hosting a nine day long naval exercise Breeze 2014.

The military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the Black Sea and is aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance’s member states.

Bulgaria’s port city of Burgas has peen picked to host the staff of the drills.

While Breeze 2014 is taking place, the staff of the Bulgarian Naval Forces will be certified for conformity of the level of planning independent operations to NATO criteria, according to the website pan.bg, specialized in defense issues.

The exercise, which ends July 13, starts amid stepped-up presence of alliance forces in the Black Sea over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula in March this year. 

According to the information I have the following ships are taking part in the exercise:

 Number Name Type Country
F-582 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
5561 ITS Rimini Mine Hunter Italy
M-37 HSM Chiddingfold Mine Hunter UK
M-270 TCG Akçay Mine Hunter Turkey
P-266 HS Machitis Patrol Craft Greece
S-352 TCG Dolunay Submarine Turkey
P-332 TCG Mızrak Fast Attack Craft Turkey
P-1200 TCG Tuzla Patrol Craft Turkey

As always I will appreciate any additional information about the participants.

Here is a nice video showing the arrival of the NATO SNMCMG-2 ships to Burgas.

USS Vella Gulf In Kuşadası

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

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 17)

We had a again a very busy day at Bosphorus. First, one of the NATO’s standing maritime task forces, Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2) passed through Bosphorus. They are heading to Burgas, Bulgaria and the task force will take part in the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze.

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The Flagship of SNMCMG-2 F-583 ITS Aviere. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A double barreled 40mm fast gun as a CIWS. Not the the empty place to the left of the gun were the Otomat anti ship missiles used to be. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The Flagship of SNMCMG-2 F-583 ITS Aviere. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Turkish contribution to SNMCMG-2 M-270 TCG Akçay. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Italian mine hunter 5561 ITS Rimini, the second Italian ship in SNMCMG-2. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Italian frigate F-583 ITS Aviere, after exiting from the Bosphorus.

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ITS Rimini as she was entering the Bosphorus.

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ITS Rimini on Bosphorus.

According the NATO webpage the SNMCMG-2 is made up from the following ships: Flagship F-583 ITS Aviere, 5561 ITS Rimini, M-270 TCG Akçay and M-37 HMS Chiddingfold.  The British warship was not with the task force and here whereabouts are not known.

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Greek patrol boat P-266 HS Machitis passing though Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Greek patrol boat P-266 HS Machitis passing though Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

In addition to the NATO task force the Greek patrol boat P-266 HS Machitis passed through the Bosphorus. It is safe to assume that she is going to Bulgaria to take part in the exercise.

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S-354 TCG Dolunay, passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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S-354 TCG Dolunay, passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

May be the most important sighting was however the northbound passage of an Atılay class (Type 209/1200) submarine. This is the second Turkish submarine to sail to the Black Sea in 48 hours! As Turkish submarine do not carry pennant numbers or name shields anymore is not possible to identify this submarine.

According to the official Turkish Navy website the Atılay class submarine S-354 TCG Dolunay has passed through the Bosphorus to take part in the naval Exercise Breeze 2014.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 102 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

A Fleet Of Turkish Landing Craft Moved To The Black Sea

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TCG Ç-151. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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TCG Ç-155. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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TCG Ç-156. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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TCG Ç-157. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

On 30 June 2014 a fleet of 4 landing craft was sighted moving towards the Black Sea.

TCG Ç-151, TCG Ç-155, TCG Ç-156, TCG Ç-157, the half of the 8 new LCT craft Turkish Navy has procured sailed to an unknown destination. Together they could carry up to 12 main battle tanks or up to 1000 troops.

A Submarine Sighted

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A Turkish Type 209/1400 Preveze/Gür class submarine passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Today on 1 July 2014, in the late evening hours, one Turkish Type 209 / 1400 class submarine sailed through Bosphorus to the Black Sea.

Since Turkish Navy stopped 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.
With 6 Type 209/1200, 4 Type 209/1400 and 4 Modified Type 209/1400 class submarines in service, Turkey has the largest conventional submarine fleet in the NATO.

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.

From The Archive (3)

My captured picture

This is Soviet replenishment tanker Berezina, making a northbound passage through Bosphorus. This photo was taken in August 1991.

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.

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