12 Oct 2013 5 Comments
There will very light or no blogging until further notice.
15 Sep 2013 6 Comments
Today marks the fifth anniversary of this blog.
This is my 976th post, thus I post 195 entries per year on average. In 2011 I had 568 views per day, in 2012 it was 686. This year it is 831. Not bad for a very specialized blog with a very focused content.
To be honest I had no idea how long and how far I could travel along this path when I started this blog. Now I realize that it opened a new chapter in my life. Through this blog I was able to meet with a lot of people -most of them online, some of them in person- who shared my interest in maritime affairs in this region.
I would like to thank each and every one who has contributed to this blog. I hope you are enjoying reading this blog as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
23 Sep 2012 Leave a comment
During the Dimdex 2012 maritime defence exhibition in Qatar, it was announced that the Turkish shipyard Yonca Onuk has signed a contract with Qatar Armed Forces. According to the contract Turkish shipyard is building 3 MRTP 16 class interceptors and 3 MRTP 34 class fast patrol boats for the Qatar Naval Forces. This is the second contract Yonca Onuk has signed in the Gulf Region. Their first customer was the United Arab Emirates for 34 boats.
These are probably the first photos of the MRTP 16 class taken. The craft is not armed but there is a platform just at the aft end of the cabin where a remotely controlled stabilized gun mount can be installed.
13 Mar 2012 2 Comments
Today I was reading one of the hacked e-mails from the private US intelligence company Stratfor. Last year in December a hacker collective known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for crashing the Web site of the Stratfor Global Intelligence Service. The hacker declared that they have obtained the full client list including their credit cards information, as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence.
Since the beginning of March these e-mails are being published by Wikileaks and other associated websites. So of these e-mail especially those about Turkey and Turkish politics found a large audience in Turkish media.
While I was reading this particular e-mail with the subject line “Re: Discussion – Turkey/MIL – The Turkish Navy” dated “Jul 2, 2009 20:01″ with Email ID 982788, I have realized that one of the indicated sources in the attached word file and used for the basis of the analyses was my own blog.
My blog post on the acquisition plans of 2 three masted schooner type training ships was one of the referred sources. I was delighted to see that Stratfor used my postings as a source for their work but I was also saddened that I have been largely misinterpreted by the Stratfor analyst.
Well, read the Stratfor mail and my blog post and decide for yourself.
25 Nov 2011 4 Comments
They have also used the photo showing the firing of the missile from this blog.
Unfortunately the bloggers at this blog (initially) forgot to mention my blog as the source of the photo and their story. But the photo is visible and you can compare the photo and wording that story to mine.
Well I am not surprised anymore to see my stories or photos being used by other web sites or blogs that conveniently forget to mention this blog as the source.
But I am surprised by the remarks such as “As illustrated by the remarkable site” or “this portal is distinguished by seriousness and professionalism”.
The DefencePoint made yesterday an announcement that have made the above mentioned omission without any bad intention.
I accept this announcement and thank them for their kind words about me and my work.
I am only happy to reciprocate their good natured wishes in a same manner and courtesy.
13 Oct 2011 Leave a comment
One of the most interesting and influential blog of the military blogsphere, War Is Boring, published a photo from this website.
The photo showing Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Turgutreis and British assault ship L-15 HMS Bulwark was first published on this blog on 16th April 2009. The photo was taken during the Egemen 2009 naval exercise.
Unfortunately the bloggers at War Is Boring forgot to mention my blog as the source of the photo, but the watermark on the photo is visible. So now you know were that photo came.
15 Sep 2011 21 Comments
Today is the third anniversary of this blog.
Last year two important changes have happened. First I had to change my service provider from Google’s blogger to wordpress as most of the Google’s IP addresses were blocked by a court order in Turkey for a considerable duration of time.
The second and in my opinion the important change was the merger of my other website the Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy with my blog. I have started my website about the Turkish Navy way back in 1998 before the official site of Turkish Navy was online. But those pages were, because of their nature very static, very Web 1.0 compared to blogging. Today the information on those pages are accessible through the menu at the header of the blog.
This is the 597th post on my blog. I have become a little more prolific writer in the last year. This due to the fact that currently I am between jobs and have more time to write for my blog.
I have received 276 comments and hundreds of spam. I thank each and everyone who has taken some time to write a comment or send me an e-mail.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
28 Mar 2011 Leave a comment
As you might have noticed the Bosphorus Naval News has changed its application provider. We are now using WordPress services.
The tug of war between Google (Blogger) and the Unnamed Digital TV company and the blocking of many IP addresses of Google was the primary reason for this change. I was able to reach my blog.
As WordPress is different from blogger my blog is not what it used to be. I have tried to keep the changes at a minimum.
3 Feb 2011 Leave a comment
>I have been toying withthe idea of combining my two presences in www, the Bosphorus NavalNews blog and Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy web page under thesame URL.
I have been editing andmaintaining Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy since 1997. It allstarted as a small page on geocities, in the early days of web 1.0.For the last 7 years Unofficial Homepage Of Turkish Navy been hostedunder its own URL turkishnavy.net. This URL is very widely known. Thepages about Turkish Navy are static due to their content and thereis not much interactivity with the visitors.
My blog Bosphorus NavalNews on the other hand is more dynamic and making itself known. Butthere was no organic linkage between the blog and the web page.
ThusI have decided to move the blog to the URL of the web page and createstatic pages the tabs you see below the blog header and transfer thedata of the static web pages to the blog.
But the change in ofdefinitions and IP address seems to be more problematic than I hadthought. Currently I have lost all the traffic coming from Turkey asthe IP address configured belong to Google and they are blocked inTurkey. So no one from Turkey using normal browsing methods can seemy blog including me. And visitors out of Turkey cannot reach thepages hosted in Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy asturkishnavy.net is directed to my blog.
I am sorry for theseinconveniences. But I am working on these issues and I hope to solvethem over the weekend.
If you should experienceany problems please let me know: navytr[at]gmail[dot]com