Belgian Frigate Leopold 1 Departed From Istanbul

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The Karel Doorman class frigate of Belgian Navy BNS Leopold 1 left Istanbul on 6 December 2014. The frigate arrived in Istanbul for a short port visit on her way back to Belgium, after ending her deployment for EU anti piracy operation Atalanta.

A Visitor From The Land Of Beer And Chocolate

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This morning around 9.00 the Karel Doorman class frigate from Belgian Naval Forces F-930 BNS Leopold 1 arrived in Istanbul for a port visit.

The duration of the port visit is not disclosed. As far as I know, this is the first visit of BNS Leopold 1 in Istanbul. She is returning home from EU anti piracy mission Atalanta.

Photos From Nusret 2014 Naval Exercise

First row from left to right: M-263 TCG Erdek, M-1069 FGS Homburg, M-108 HMS Grimsby. Second row from left to right: M-503 TCG Finike, M-502 TCG Fatsa, Y-116 TCG Pınar 3. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

First row from left to right: M-263 TCG Erdek, M-1069 FGS Homburg, M-108 HMS Grimsby. Second row from left to right: M-503 TCG Finike, M-502 TCG Fatsa, Y-116 TCG Pınar 3. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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From left to right: M-261 TCG Edremit, M-264 TCG Erdemli, M-268 TCG Akçakoca, M-267 TCG Ayvalık. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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From left to right: M-62 HS Evropi, 63 BGS Priboi. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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The training mines on board of TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa are clearly visible. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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The flagship of SNMCMG-2 F-583 ITS Aviere. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

The ships participating to the Turkish led mine warfare exercise Nusret 2014 were in İzmir for the weekend.

The below is the list of the participating warships as far as I could identify:

F-511 TCG Heybeliada Corvette Turkey
M-267 TCG Ayvalık Mine Hunter Turkey
M-268 TCG Akçakoca Mine Hunter Turkey
M-261 TCG Edremit Mine Hunter Turkey
M-264 TCG Erdemli Mine Hunter Turkey
M-502 TCG Fatsa Mine Sweeper Turkey
M-503 TCG Finike Mine Sweeper Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender Turkey
P-X TCG X Patrol boat Turkey
F-583 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
M-62 HS Evropi Mine Hunter Greece
M-263 TCG Erdek Mine Hunter Turkey
M-108 HMS Grimsby Mine Hunter UK
M-1069 FGS Homburg Mine Hunter Germany
63 BGS Priboy Mine Sweeper Bulgaria

After The Conclusion of Mavi Balina, Participants Start Their Port Visits

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From left to right: USS Leyte Gulf, TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör, USS Cole, TCG Kemalreis in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.

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TCG Kemalreis in foreground and USS Cole in background in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.

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USS Leyte Gulf, in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission

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HMCS Toronto and one Preveze class submarine of Turkish Navy arriving in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.

As the Turkish led anti submarine warfare exercise Mavi Balina 2014 ends participating warships are starting their port visits in order to give their crews a rest.

Today Turkish warships, F-247 TCG Kemalreis, A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör and one Preveze class submarine, Canadian frigate FFH-331 HMCS Toronto and US Navy warships CG-55 USS Leyte Gulf and DDG-67 USS Cole have arrived in Antalya.

In the meantime Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu and submarine TCG Burakreis will start their port visit in Girne while the fast attack craft TCG Bora will visit Gazimağusa.

USS Ross Departed From Istanbul

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The US, Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross ended its port visit in Istanbul on 13 November 2014 and headed to the Mediterranean.

USS Ross, arrived in Istanbul on 9 November and made a 5 day stop here. She was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.

Vitse Admiral Kulakov In Marmaris

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Russian sailors in Marmaris. Photo: iha.

On 28 October 2014, the Udaloy class destroyer of Russian Northern Fleet, Vitse Admiral Kulakov has arrived in Aksaz Naval Base for a port visit.

The ship sailed away from her home port Severomorsk, on 15 April 2014. Since then she has been deployed in the Mediterranean. She was in Black Sea for a small overhaul between 14 August and 27 September.

No information was given how long the ship will stay in Turkey.

Turkish Navy Day

The Turkish Navy is having a really big party at the weekend to celebrate the Navy Day and to commemorate the Battle of Prevesa.

40 warships of various types will be open for public in 16 different cities.

The whole list of activities is long and can be found here.

The following ships and boats will be open to public:

Number Name Type City
A-1542 Söndüren 2 Tug Aksaz
P-1202 Köyceğiz Patrol Boat Aksaz
P-1208 Kaş Patrol Boat Aksaz
P-141 Yunus 1 Patrol Boat Aksaz
S-356 Anafartalar Submarine Amasra
F-493 Gelibolu Frigate Antalya
F-500 Bozcaada Corvette Bozcaada
P-1203 Kumkale Patrol Boat Çanakkale
P-1205 Karabiga Patrol Boat Çanakkale
P-1210 Türkeli Patrol Boat Çanakkale
M-262 Enez Mine Hunter Erdek
M-269 Anamur Mine Hunter Erdek
M-270 Akçay Mine Hunter Erdek
M-502 Fatsa Mine Sweeper Erdek
M-517 Sapanca Mine Sweeper Erdek
P-347 Fırtına Fast Attack Craft Fethiye
F-501 Bodrum Corvette Foça
F-502 Bandırma Corvette Foça
P-1206 Karşıyaka Patrol Boat Foça
P-340 Doğan Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-341 Martı Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-342 Tayfun Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-348 Yıldız Fast Attack Craft Foça
P-332 Mızrak Fast Attack Craft Gazimagosa
F-494 Gökçeada Frigate Gökçeada
A-595 Yb. Kudret Güngör Tanker Gölcük
F-240 Yavuz Frigate Gölcük
F-246 Salihreis Frigate Gölcük
F-493 Gökova Frigate Gölcük
P-330 Kılıç Fast Attack Craft Gölcük
S-349 Batıray Submarine Gölcük
S-355 18 Mart Submarine Gölcük
F-242 Fatih Frigate İstanbul
P-1200 Tuzla Patrol Boat İstanbul
P-1207 Tekirdağ Patrol Boat İstanbul
S-353 Preveze Submarine Karadeniz Ereğlisi
S-357 Gür Submarine Karadeniz Ereğlisi
F-505 Bafra Corvette Mersin
P-333 Tufan Fast Attack Craft Sinop
F-497 Göksu Frigate Trabzon

SNMG-2 Arrives In Varna

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HMCS Toronto entering into Varna harbour. Photo: Nikolay Zlatev. Used with permission.

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ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon arriving in Varna harbour.  Photo: Nikolay Zlatev. Used with permission.

Task Unit 2 of SNMG-2 consisting of F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon and Canadian frigate FHH-333 HMCS Toronto arrived in Varna Bulgaria today.

Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and AMIRALTE JUAN de BORBON (Spanish Navy).  SNMG2 is visiting the port as part of the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region.

“This visit has been planned for quite some time, and in light of current events it; has become all the more significant,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commander SNMG2 TU.02. “We are delighted to come and train together, eager to enhance our mutual understanding, and eager to bring a strong message to Bulgarian people and to all Allied Nations regarding NATO’s resolve and commitment to collective defence.

Constanta, Romania was the Task Force’s previous port of call.

On 16 September 2014, under the banner of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) Task Unit 02 (TU02), HMCS TORONTO, ESPS ALMIRANTE JUAN DE BORBON and ROS REGELE FERNIDAND have completed their 4 day visit to Constanta, Romania. The port visit served to reaffirm the Alliance’s commitment to maritime defence and security and reassure Black Sea NATO Allies.

“Our ships were honoured and humbled to be a part of NATO’s maritime visit to the historic city as Constanta, Romania,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of HMCS TORONTO and Commander of SNMG2 Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU02). “Our presence here serves to reaffirm NATO’s strong support and commitment to Alliance solidarity.”

Visit the excellent blog Sea Dog for more photos from SNMG-2.

RFA Lyme Bay In Bodrum

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L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay in Bodrum. Photo: memuruz.net

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay has docked in Bodrum for a port visit. Her sister, RFA Mounts Bay, made also a port visit in Bodrum during last year’s deployment.

L-3007 RFA Lyme Bay is currently on a 4 month-long deployment in the Mediterranean called Cougar 2014 with other Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary  units.

According to Royal Navy the Cougar is a four-month deployment, 14, includes a series of demanding amphibious and maritime-based exercises with partner nations throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East region and ensures that the task group is ready to respond to any contingency the UK Government directs upon it.

The Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) in Cougar 2014 has already conducted exercise with Greek and Albanian armed forces.

RFA Lyme Bay will leave Bodrum on 21 September 2014.

Brazilian Training Ship Arrived In Istanbul

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The training ship of Brazilian Navy U-27 Brasil arrived this morning in Istanbul.

BNS Brazil stops by in Istanbul every couple of years during the training cruise of Brazilian Naval Cadets.

I have no information how long she will stay here.

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