Turkey Exported GENESIS CMS To Pakistan

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The renowned Pakistani Naval expert and journalist Usman Ansari mentioned in his article in the May issue of the Warships International, about the Aman 2013 exercise, that Pakistani Navy has acquired the GENESIS combat management system for its Perry class frigate F-260 PNS Alamgir.

This is the first official acknowledgement that Turkey has sold the GENESIS CMS to Pakistani Navy, thought this has been rumored in Turkish for a couple of years. This is the first export success of the GENESIS CMS.

GENESIS was conceived by the Research, Project Development, Department of Turkish Navy. They built a prototype as a proof of concept and developed the system to the full extend.  After the system got enough maturity the GENESIS project was handed over to Turkish defence contractor Havelsan for further improvement, serial production and international marketing.

The GENESIS was created to update the old CIC of the Perry class frigates and replace all legacy consoles, displays with modern multifunction operator consoles. More importantly with the implementation of GENESIS all existing sensors and weapon systems of the Perry class frigates will be able to communicate with each other.  This system enhances the ships’ situation awareness and accelerates the defense capabilities, decreasing the detect-to-engage reaction time by more than half.

F-492 TCG Gemlik was the first ship to receive the GENESIS system.

As is GENESIS is marketable to almost all second-hand PERRY class frigate users. Thus Pakistani Navy becomes the first foreign user of the GENESIS CMS. Of course important questions like when the deal was signed what is the value of the contract what is the delivery time line are remain unanswered yet.

TCG Gökova Will Participate to AMAN 2013 Naval Exerise

According to Turkish Navy, Turkish frigate F-496 TCG Gökova will participate to AMAN-2013 naval exercise between 4th and 8th March 2013.

The AMAN is a biannual naval exercise organised by Pakistan Navy. The exercise is usually conducted in North Arabian Sea. The aim of the exercise is:

  • Display of united resolve against terrorism and crimes in maritime domain.
  •  Contributing towards regional peace and stability.
  • Enhancing interoperability between regional and extra regional navies thereby acting as a bridge between the regions.

Various units and observers from USA, Australia, UAE, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, UK, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka will take part in the AMAN 2013 too. Currently TCG Gökova is attached to NATO’s SNMG-2 naval task force which conducts anti piracy operations on Gulf of Aden.

The Details Of Pakistan Fleet Tanker Project

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The details of the deal signed between Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan and STM of Turkey about the construction of a tanker for Pakistani Navy.

The tanker will be 155m long with a 15.600 tons of displacement. The double hulled tanker will be able to make 20 knots and supply three ships simultaneously while the helicopter she carries performs vertical replenishment.

The value of the contract is around 80 million US Dollars. The estimated time for the first steel cut is in summer 2013. The construction of the tanker will take 48 months.

STM as the main contractor will be responsible from the whole project while the construction will be done in Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd in Pakistan.

Turkey Will Built A Tanker For Pakistani Navy

Actually this is not new. The contract was signed in 25th January 2013. But for some unexplained reasons it remained out of the scope of Turkish Media. Although the value of the  contract is not mentioned it might be the biggest naval ship export done by Turkey.

ISLAMABAD: Contract for construction of Fleet Tanker (Logistic Support Ship) for Pakistan Navy was signed between Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan and STM of Turkey on Tuesday in Rawalpindi.
The contract has been signed by Munitions Productions Director General Rear Admiral Imtiaz Ahmed SI(M) on behalf of the government of Pakistan and Board of STM Chairperson and Electronics Warfare and Sensors programmes in SSM Department Head Elife Unal on behalf of STM, Turkey.
The main highlights of the project are that design of the ship along with kit of Material (KoM) will be provided by STM and the complete construction and assembly activities will be undertaken at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd. Ship construction is a strategic industry, in fact no country has gained the status of a developed country without the development of the shipbuilding industry and trained manpower in this field. Therefore, construction Fleet Tanker at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works will not only enhance ship construction (tanker) capacity and expertise of the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works, but will also help in developing its human resource to meet the future challenges of warship design and construction. Local downstream industry, in the long run will also benefit from the ship construction in the form of procurement of construction consumables by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works from the local market.
The Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works is already constructing ships and craft for Pakistan Navy, however, this is the first time in the history of Pakistan that Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works will build a Fleet Tanker (Logistics Support Ship) at its facilities. Construction of the Fleet Tanker is in line with Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI (M), Chief of the Naval Staff’s vision of achieving self-reliance and indigenisation of defence equipment. The tanker with its modern design and state-of-the-art capabilities will significantly enhance Pakistan Navy’s fleet combat prowess and logistic stamina.

PAKISTAN NAVY ASSUMES COMMAND OF COMBINED TASK FORCE 151

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The Combined Maritime Forces published a blog entry about the change of command ceremony for the CTF-151.

The ceremony marked the end of Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF-151. Turkish Navy has been an active participant to CTF-151 since its foundation in 2009.

I find the following warning of Rear Admiral Karaman very important:

“There has been significant media reporting suggesting that the war on piracy has been won and we should all go home; however, pirates are determined and constantly modifying their behaviour as we adjust our processes to impede their tactics. It is therefore necessary for us to remain vigilant in our counter-piracy operations.”

Similar words of caution was expressed by other commanders of other anti-piracy task forces. Though it has bitten less recently the danger is still there.

Originally posted on Combined Maritime Forces:

Commodore Muhammad Hisham, Pakistan Navy relieved Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman Turkish Navy  as Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 (counter-piracy), during a change of command ceremony onboard TCG Gemlik , Mina Salman, Bahrain, 13 December 2012.

The ceremony concluded the Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF 151, which consisted of a multi-national staff embarked in the flagship TCG Gemlik.

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CTF151 Change of Command, Rear Admiral Karaman Turkish Navy (left) hands over command of CTF151 to Commodore Hisham of the Pakistan Navy (right) overseen by Commander Combined Maritime Forces ,Vice Admiral Miller United States Navy

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Pakistan To Assume The Command of CTF-151

Today, on 13th December 2012, Turkish Navy will formally hand over the command of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) which is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

Turkey took the command of the CTF-151 in September from South Korea and the task force will be commanded by Pakistan between December and March.

F-492 TCG Gemlik is the retiring flagship of the task force.

Update On Nusret 12 And Mavi Balina 12 Exercises

The Mavi Balina 12 anti submarine warfare and Nusret 12 mine warfare exercises are continuing. The former is conducted in Eastern Mediterranean while the later is in Aegean Sea. My list of the order of battle for both exercises is still incomplete but I was able to get some help.

First I have received this photo. I thank my reader Mr Yıldırım for this photo.

A the superstructure of a sixth warship is visible at the right part of the photo. I am not able to tell exactly ship that is but I am confident that she is one of the two Rhein class tenders / training ships of the Turkish Navy A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa or A-579 TCG Cezayirli Hasan Paşa. TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa acted as the flagship of SNMCMG-2 earlier this year when the Turkish Navy was commanding the task force.

 Number Name Type Country
M-500 TCG Foça Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-501 TCG Fethiye Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-516 TCG Sığacık Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-1064 FGS Grömitz Mine Hunter Germany
M-5559 ITS Viareggo Mine Hunter Italy
M-111 HMS Blyth Mine Hunter UK
M-276 TCG Ayvalık Mine Hunter Turkey
A-57X TCG Unidentified Tender Turkey
M-61 HS Evniki Mine Hunter Greece

Second I have received this comment. I thank my reader Herr Leif for this information.

 Number Name Type Country
F-217 FGS Bayern Frigate Germany
F-570 ITS Maestrale Frigate Italy
F-495 TCG Gediz Frigate Turkey
DDG-98 USS Forrest Sherman Destroyer USA
F-252 PNS Shamsheer Frigate Pakistan
F-244  TCG Barbaros Frigate Turkey
Unidentified Turkey
Unidentified Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey

About Nusret 12 And Mavi Balina 12 Exercises

Turkish Navy is conducting two naval exercises simultaneously. One is Nusret 2012 mine warfare exercise is held in the Aegean with the participation of NATO’s SNMCMG-2 and Turkish, Greek and US naval units. Below is the order of battle for this exercise as far as I could find.

 Number Name Type Country
M-500 TCG Foça Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-501 TCG Fethiye Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-516 TCG Sığacık Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-1064 FGS Grömitz Mine Hunter Germany
M-5559 ITS Viareggo Mine Hunter Italy
M-111 HMS Blyth Mine Hunter UK
M-276 TCG Ayvalık Mine Hunter Turkey
Unidentified USA
M-61 HS Evniki Mine Hunter Greece

The second naval exercise Mavi Balina 2012 is held in Eastern Mediterranean with the participation of NATO’s SNMG-2, Pakistani, US and Turkish naval units and airplanes. According to Turkish Navy the total number of participants is 8 surface units and 3 submarines. Below is the order of battle for this exercise as far as I could find.

 Number Name Type Country
F-217 FGS Bayern Frigate Germany
F-570 ITS Maestrale Frigate Italy
F-495 TCG Gediz Frigate Turkey
DDG-98 USS Forrest Sherman Destroyer USA
F-252 PNS Shamsheer Frigate Pakistan
Unidentified Turkey
Unidentified Turkey
Unidentified Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey
S- Unidentified Submarine Turkey

Pakistani Warship Will Take Part In Turkish Naval Exercise Mavi Balina 12

Tomorrow Turkish and Pakistani navies will start a joint naval exercise off the coast of Turkey. The exercise called Mavi Balina 12 will start on 5th November and will end on 14th.

Pakistan Navy ship “PNS Shamsheer” will be visiting Aksaz Naval Base Marmaris and Antalya harbour from 5 to 14 November and will participate in joint exercise “Mavi Baline-12” with the Turkish Navy.

 Pakistan Navy P3C-Orion aircraft will also participate in the exercise from Dalaman,said a statement received here Saturday from Ankara.

 The ship will stay at Aksaz Naval Base from 5-8 November and at Antalya from 12-14 November. The vessel is a multi-mission frigate and embarks a Z9EC helicopter.

 PNS Shamsheer is the second ship of SWORD Class Frigates and forms mainstay of Pakistan Navy surface combatants. Installation of state of the art weapons and sensors onboard makes her an extremely versatile warship with tremendous firepower to effectively thwart possible threats at sea.

Mavi Balina exercise is fast transforming into an important regional forum to promote Collaborative Maritime Security and interoperability.

The presence of a number of major navies and various senior delegations from important countries is indicative of the fact that Mavi Balina is evolving into a common forum for both Western and Eastern nations, to share, discuss and propose solutions for Collaborative Maritime Security which is one of the critical contemporary maritime challenges.

PNS Shamsheer participation in this exercise will further strengthen existing bilateral relations.

 

PNS Shamsher is the second ship of the Chines build Zulfiquar F-22P class frigates in Pakistani Navy. I don’t know whether the participating Pakistani P-3C Orion ASW plane is one of the survivors of the attack on PNS Mehran base in 2011 or one of the new ones USA has given to Pakistan in 2012.

H/T: Dave Shirlaw from Sea Waves.

PNS Alamgir In Turkey

Handover ceremony of PNS Alamgir. Official US Navy Photo.

Yesterday, Pakistan’s newest frigate F-230 PNS Alamgir arrived in Gölcük Naval Base for a 4 day visit.

PNS Alamgir is a Oliver Perry Hazard class frigate. She was decommissioned from USN. She was commissioned in Pakistani navy on 31 August 2010. She left USA on 10 February 2011 and since then she is on her maiden voyage to Pakistan. Pakistan is the ninth operator of Perry class ships.

According to Pakistani Embassy in Ankara the ship will stay till 24 April in Gölcük Naval Base, the main naval base of Turkish Navy. A number of port and sea trials will be conducted according to the embassy.

Turkish Navy operates 8 Perry class frigates since 1998 and has an extensive knowledge about the operation, maintenance about these ships. Furthermore Turkish Navy is upgrading its Perry class frigates with moderns combat management systems and vertical launchers.

Turkish Navy has a lot of know-how to share with the Pakistani Navy.

I am sure that the port visit of PNS Alamgir will be intensive and exhausting, but a pleasant visit.

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