The Future Logistics Ship Of Royal Netherlands Navy

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Today a very special hull passed through the Bosporus. The tug Eide Wrester was towing the hull of the future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman. Her hull was produced in Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania. Her final outfitting and installation of the weapon systems will take place in The Netherlands.

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According to Wikipedia, she will have the same sensor suite as the Holland class OPV’s and she will be able to carry  approx 8000 m3 of fuel, more than 1000 m3 of helicopter fuel, approx 450 m3 of potable water and approx 400 tonnes of ammunition and other supplies.

I hope I  will be able to see her as a complete ships too.

TCG Büyükada Sighted On Bosphorus

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

F-512 TCG Büyükada making a northbound passage on Bosphorus.

I am not going to be modest. The above photos are -until it is proved otherwise- are the first public photos showing the second Milgem class corvette F-512 TCG Büyükada underway.

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The high number of civilians on board indicates that this is a cruise in order to test the systems on board.

TCG Büyükada will be commissioned in the Turkish Navy on 28 September 2013.

 

SNMG-2 In Bosphorus

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Turkish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-246 TCG Salihreis on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Turkish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-246 TCG Salihreis on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Spanish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-103 Blas De Lezo on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Spanish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-103 Blas De Lezo on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Spanish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-103 Blas De Lezo on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Spanish contribution to NATO’s SNMG-2, F-103 Blas De Lezo on her way to Bulgaria. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

The Mysterious Boat On Bosphorus Identified

The handover ceremony of the Italian patrol boat to Romanian Border Guard. Photo: Romanian Embassy  in Italy

The handover ceremony of the Italian patrol boat to Romanian Border Guard. Photo: Romanian Embassy
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The boat from my previous post has been identified as a Bigliani class patrol boat.

I thank everyone who shared his/her information and made comments. Your help and support is as always very much appreciated.

This is the official announcement of the handover ceremony in late May 2013:

On 27 May 2013, in the presence of Inspector General of the Romanian Border Police, John BUDA Quaestor Police Chief, and Finance Guard Assistant Commandant-General Emilio Spaziale corps, at the Nautical School of Finance Guard to Gaeta held official handover ceremony of two class ship “Bigliani” Finance Guard fitted to the Romanian Border Police. At the event, the Romanian Embassy in Italy has participated Adina LOVIN prime collaborator.

Delivery and reception of the two vessels, which were divested Free Italian Finance Guard, was made ​​under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Administration and Interior of Romania and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy in collaboration informative to combat economic crime financial , signed in Bucharest on 14 December 2005.

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Finance Guard’s police force with military status under the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Italian Republic, with competent bodies under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania made an intensive cooperation, according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 14 December 2005

 

Mysterious Boat On Bosphorus

The myterious boat on Bosphorus.

The mysterious boat on Bosphorus. Photo: Victor M.S. Barreira, used with permission.

The above photo shows a boat that is moving in high speed on Bosphorus. The photo was taken by Mr. Victor M.S. Barreira, on 8 june 2013.

The boat in picture does not have the appearance of a pleasure craft for private use. It has as far as I can see both Turkish and Romanian flags and looks like a boat for government service but I have no further information about it expect the photo.

So I will welcome any additional information regarding this boat from my readers.

Photos Of Russian Warship Bora

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The Russian Dergach class corvette 615 RFS Bora in Bosphorus.

As reported earlier last week we had an unusual guest. The Russian Dergach class air cushion corvette 615 RFS Bora made her maiden foreign visit to Istanbul during the IDEF 2013 defense exhibition.
I don’t know if the ship has received any visitors, as she was docked almost 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from the exhibition center.

I was able to take the photos of RFS Bora on her very last moments in Istanbul, during her deployment back to Russia. The ship is heavily armed with 8 SS-N-22 Sunburn supersonic missiles, one 76mm gun, two 30mm close in weapon systems and SA-N-4 Gecko SAM missiles. I was not on board so I have no idea about the inside of the ship but judging the size and the armaments and sensors she is carrying I do not think that there is much space left for the crew to live.

With her foils inside the water she can make up to 56 knots. It is not  an easy feature to accelerate a 1000 ton warship to speeds as high as this.
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TCG Heybeliada In Bosphorus

Here are a couple of photos from 29 March 2013, taken by Kerim Bozkurt as TCG Heybeliada was sailing in Bosphorus.

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Shalatein In Istanbul

Egyptian supply ship A-230 Shalatein in Istanbul.

Egyptian supply ship A-230 Shalatein in Istanbul.

The Egyptian replenishment tanker A-230 Shalatein is in Istanbul for an official visit for an undisclosed duration.

The Russian Warship Bora Will Visit Istanbul In May

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

The Voice Of Russia reported today that a Russian warship will be visiting Istanbul between 7 and 10 May 2013.

The Bora class hoverborne guided missile corvette of the Russian Navy, RFS Bora will be in Istanbul during the IDEF’13, 11th International Defence Industry Fair.

The Bora class corvettes have a very unconventional structure where a large air cushion is placed between a catamaran hull.

This shape provides lift and high speed.

The ship is armed with Moskit anti-ship missiles and short range anti aircraft missiles.

The sensor suit and the armament of this class closely resembles another Russians corvette class Tarantul.

It is the largest military hovercraft unmatched anywhere in the world. With the displacement of 1000 tons, the craft has a cruising speed of 100 kilometers an hour. It is armed with 8 Mosquito missiles which can strike targets on the sea and on land. The hovercraft has 20 anti-aircraft missiles, an artillery complex, a machine-gun and an interference creating device. The hovercraft has an aluminium hull. Though it’s a light craft, its seaworthiness is very high. The hovercraft can be on an autonomous voyage for 10 days. One refueling is enough for 2,500 miles. The complement is 68 men.

I sincerely hope that I may be able to take photos of the strange and interesting vessel.

A Submarine Spotted

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On 26 December 2012, in the early morning hours, one Turkish Type 209/1400 class submarine sailed through Bosphorus to Marmara Sea. Since Turkish Navy stopped painting the pennant numbers of the submarines, 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.

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