5 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
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
29 Jun 2014 1 Comment
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.
3 Jun 2014 3 Comments
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.
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.
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:
24 May 2014 Leave a comment
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.
27 Apr 2014 2 Comments
The Arleigh Burke class US destroyer DDG-64 USS Carney arrived in Bodrum, Turkey for a 3 day port visit.
According to wikipedia, on 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Carney would be upgraded during fiscal 2012 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.
7 Apr 2014 1 Comment
French Durance class underway replenishment tanker A-608 FS Var arrived in Marmaris in the morning hours on 5 April 2014.
Although it was not disclosed how long the ship will stay in Marmaris, it is safe to assume that the port visit will take at least 3 days. It was reported that FS Var is going back to France after completing her deployment for NATO’s Active Endeavor in Eastern Mediterranean.
16 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
The French frigate D-614 FS Cassard arrived in Marmaris for a port visit.
Before arriving in Marmaris, the French warship stationed in Eastern Mediterranean, conducted “PASSEX” exercise with the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush.
Unlike her sister D-615 FS Jean Bart the main radar of FS Cassard has not been upgraded. She still has the original DRBJ 11B 3 D radar. This radar was replaced with a SMART-S Mk2 on FS Jean Bart.
1 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
The French La Fayette class frigate F-711 FS Surcouf arrived in Marmaris, yesterday.
The ship will leave on Monday and resume her duties in the Eastern Mediterranean.
On a lighter note the arrival of the French ship was published by many Turkish media portals as
The French Navy frigate Scout F711, conducting NATO duties, came in the morning to Marmaris.
It seems to write the correct name of the ship was an unbearable burden for the Turkish journalist originating the story, and the editors of the other news portals using the story did not bother to checking the facts.
10 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The Bulgarian Wielingen class frigate 41 BGS Drazki passed through Bosphorus on 5 November 2013 and returned to her home port Burgas, Bulgaria.
She took part in NATO operations in the Mediterranean. According to NATO she was part of the SNMG-2 task force for a period of time:
Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine-Countermeasures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) met yesterday for a joint training opportunity at sea near Crete, Greece.
Both Groups have been operating in the Mediterranean in support of the counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (OAE), demonstrating NATO’s resolve to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorism.
COMSNMG2 Rear Admiral Eugenio Diaz del Rio welcomed aboard his flagship COMSNMCMG2 Commander Matthias Seipel for a brief meeting, discussing ongoing NATO operations and observing the combined twelve ships from eight different countries operating together.
SNMG2 presently consisting of the frigates ESPS ALVARO DE BAZAN (Spain), FGS SACHSEN (Germany), TCG SALIHREIS (Turkey), ITS GRECALE (Italy), ROS REGINA MARIA (Romania), BGS DRAZKI (Bulgaria) and URS TERNOPIL (Ukraine).
SNMCMG2 consisting of the mine hunters FGS MOSEL and FGS ROTTWEIL (Germany), TCG ERDEMLI (Turkey), ITS CROTONE (Italy) and HMS PENZANCE (United Kingdom).
Well I do not believe that Drazki was part of the SNMG despite the NATO press release more likely that she took part in NATO Operation Active Endeavour, as previously done by Bulgarian warships.