22 Jun 2014 2 Comments
This is French frigate D-603 Suffren with her unique DRBI23 3D radar radome on top of her pilot house. This photo was taken in October 1991.
15 Jun 2014 3 Comments
This is the first post of a new feature I would like to share.
Now I have the opportunity to digitize my archive of film negatives. Thus I can easily upload and share the photos of warships I have taken before the digital age of photography.
Every week I will post a warship from my archive, long decommissioned from service and probably ended in a break yard or used as a target.
So the first post of the new feature I have selected a photo of CG-26 USS Belknap as the flagship of US 6th Fleet. This photo was taken in October 1991.
5 Mar 2014 2 Comments
The flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the Krivak III (Project 1135.1) class frigate Hetman Sahaidachny passed through the Turkish Straits today and is now in the Black Sea. I have no information about her destination. It can be Sevastopol or Odessa. We will know better tomorrow.
The ship was doing anti piracy operations first with the CTF-151 and later with Operation Atalanta since September 2013.
A large Ukrainian flag was hoisted as she was passing through the Bosphorus contrary to the earlier reports that she has changed flags. During her passage she was escorted by large patrol boat TCSG-90 from Turkish Coast Guard. Turkish Coast Guard vessels usually escort foreign warships during their passages through Turkish Straits.
A few minutes later a Turkish Meko 200 class frigate TCG Yavuz passed through the Bosphorus and followed the Ukrainian warship towards the Black Sea.
I do not think that the Turkish warship was shadowing the Ukrainian frigate or escorting her, but the presence of the Turkish frigate was not a coincidence either.
22 Nov 2013 1 Comment
After finishing her 15 day Odyssey in the Black Sea, the flag-ship of the US 6th Fleet, LCC-20 USS Mount Whitney passed through the Turkish Straits on 20 November 2013 and returned to the Mediterranean.
19 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The Barbaros (MEKO 200 Track IIB) class frigate TCG Kemalreis was sighted today passing through Bosphorus with her new radar.
When these ships were commissioned they had BAE Systems AWS-9 3D radar to provides long-range surveillance and target indication data. But the difficult and sometimes dangerous maintenance and the structural complexity of the AWS-9 radars made this change necessary.
TCG Kemalreis is the 7th ship in Turkish Navy to receive this radar. The others are F-246 TCG Salihreis, F-495 TCG Gediz, F-496 TCG Gökova, F-497 TCG Göksu, F-511 TCG Heybeliada, F-512 TCG Büyükada.
9 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
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.
7 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
Russian Ropuchas and Alligators are not the only landing ships pass through the Bosphorus. Here are photos of our indigenous NL-124 TCG Karamürsel showing her two recent passages.
She is the sister of NL-123 TCG Sarucabey and both are enlarged version of the now deleted Çakabey class.These ships can carry 600 troops, 11 tanks and 2 LCVP’s and have mine laying capability as a secondary role. Hence the letter “N” on the pennant number. Both were constructed now closed Taşkızak Naval Shipyard.
Most probably both TCG Sarucabey and TCG Karamürselbey will be replaced by the new landing ship class being constructed at ADIK Shipyard.
5 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
On 4 October the Naval Museum in Istanbul was reopened after a 6 years of renovation and reconstruction. The museum is just across the mausoleum of the great Turkish Admiral Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa. The MEKO 200 Track II class frigate F-244 TCG Barbaors was in Istanbul to take part in the reopening ceremony of the naval museum. She is the only ships that carries the old battle ensign of Admiral Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa.
The ship spotters were also able to witness more Turkish warships. The two old patrol boats TCG AB-27 and TCG AB-29 which passed through the Bosphorus will soon be replaced by newer boats of the Tuzla class such as TCG Tuzla, TCG Tekirdağ and TCG Kilimli seen passing through the Bosphorus later.
15 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
It was not only Russian ships that passed through the Bosphorus this weekend. The SNMCMG-2 has left the Black Sea after spending 19 days in various ports in the region.
3 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
This year F-243 TCG Yıldırım, F-244 TCG Barbaros and F-495 TCG Gediz were in Istanbul to commemorate the 91th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, the final battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.
All the ships were open to the public and for me the highlight was the CIC of the TCG Gediz.
Turkish Coast Guard vessels TCSG-5 and TCSG-312 also took part in the celebrations.
I was also able to take the photo of another coast guard vessel. The pedestal at the end of the cabin is similar to the pedestal on P-141 TCG Yunus-1 and P-142 TCG Yunus-2 in Turkish Navy service. This pedestal is a clear indicator the Turkish Coast Guard will install remote-controlled machine gun platform STAMP on these vessels.