SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

SNMCMG-2 In Istanbul

The resolution of the photo is not excellent but it is good enough to recognize the shapes of the warships of SNMCMG-2 making a port visit in Istanbul.

The NATO taskforce arrived,  on 23 July 2014 in Istanbul, after making port visits in Varna Bulgaria and Constanta Romania. While in Bulgaria, the task force took part in the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze 2014.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 22)

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On 21 July 2014, the Russian Ropucha class landing ship 102 Kaliningrad returned to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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On 21 July 2014, the Russian Ropucha class landing ship 142 Novocharkassk returned to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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On 23 July 2014, the ships of the SNMCMG-2 returned from the Black Sea. This is Turkish mine hunter M-270 TCG Akçay making her southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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On 23 July 2014 the flagship of the SNMCMG-2, the Italian frigate F-583 ITS Aviere left the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The Italian mine hunter 5561 ITS Rimini also part of SNMCMG-2 making her southbound passage on Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-65 escorted the ships of SNMCMG-2 during their passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

On 21 July 2014 two Russian Ropucha class large landing ships, Kaliningrad and Novocharkassk returned from their Syrian deployment.

Two days later on 23 July 2014 ships of the SNMCMG-2 left the Black Sea after taking part in the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze 2014. Interestingly the UK contribution to the SNMCMG-2, HMS Chiddingfold was not seen passing through the Bosphorus with the rest of the task force.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Update On Breeze 2014 Naval Exercise

With the exception of Bulgarian participants I have more or less the complete list of the participants to this exercise:

Number Name Type Country
P-266 HS Machitis Patrol Craft Greece
F-582 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
M-5561 ITS Rimini Mine Hunter Italy
F-222 ROS Regina Maria Frigate Romania
M-30 Alexandru Axente Mine Sweeper Romania
M-270 TCG Akçay Mine Hunter Turkey
P-1200 TCG Tuzla Patrol Craft Turkey
P-332 TCG Mızrak Fast Attack Craft Turkey
S-352 TCG Dolunay Submarine Turkey
M-37 HSM Chiddingfold Mine Hunter UK
CG-72 USS Vella Gulf Cruiser USA

In addition to the above mentioned naval units one P-3 Orion from US Navy and one CN-235 from Turkish Navy are also taking part in the exercise.

Breeze 2014 Naval Exercise

The Bulgarian Navy is hosting a nine day long naval exercise Breeze 2014.

The military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the Black Sea and is aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance’s member states.

Bulgaria’s port city of Burgas has peen picked to host the staff of the drills.

While Breeze 2014 is taking place, the staff of the Bulgarian Naval Forces will be certified for conformity of the level of planning independent operations to NATO criteria, according to the website pan.bg, specialized in defense issues.

The exercise, which ends July 13, starts amid stepped-up presence of alliance forces in the Black Sea over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula in March this year. 

According to the information I have the following ships are taking part in the exercise:

 Number Name Type Country
F-582 ITS Aviere Frigate Italy
5561 ITS Rimini Mine Hunter Italy
M-37 HSM Chiddingfold Mine Hunter UK
M-270 TCG Akçay Mine Hunter Turkey
P-266 HS Machitis Patrol Craft Greece
S-352 TCG Dolunay Submarine Turkey
P-332 TCG Mızrak Fast Attack Craft Turkey
P-1200 TCG Tuzla Patrol Craft Turkey

As always I will appreciate any additional information about the participants.

Here is a nice video showing the arrival of the NATO SNMCMG-2 ships to Burgas.

Nusret 2013 Mine Warfare Exercise Starts Today

The Nusret 2013 mine warfare exercise organised by Turkish Navy starts today in Çanakkale.

The exercise will end on 1 December 2013 and will be conducted in Saros Bay, east of Gallipoli peninsula.

According to Turkish Navy foreign participants are NATO mine warfare task force SNMCMG-2 and 1 mine hunter from Greece. From Turkish Navy one frigate, 4 mine hunters, 3 mine sweepers, 1 mine layer, 2 patrol boats, 1 mine retriever, 1 helicopter and one EOD team will participate. 3 patrol boats from the Turkish Coast Guards and planes from Turkish Air Force will also take part in the exercise.

The Participants Of Brilliant Mariner 2013

One of the NATO’s largest exercise Brilliant Mariner 2013 is continuing in the Mediterranean.

The exercise, which will end on 6 October 2013, will take place in the Tyrrhenian Sea between Sicily and Sardinia.

Over five thousand military and naval personnel from 12 NATO nations comprising Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany , Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate in this major annual exercise.

25 warships, including one aircraft carrier, 12 frigates, one amphibious warfare ship, one auxiliary ship and 7 mines countermeasures vessels will be involved, alongside a wide variety of aircraft, submarines and embarked marines. Two submarines and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft will also take part.

I was able to compile the most of the participating ships with the help of Russian radio scanners:

Number Name Type Country
C-550 ITS Cavour Aircraft Carrier Italy
D-554 ITS Caio Duilio Destroyer Italy
D-561 ITS Francesco Mimbelli Destroyer Italy
F-571 ITS Grecale Frigate Italy
F-574 ITS Aliseo Frigate Italy
F-576 ITS Espero Frigate Italy
F-557 ITS Fenice Corvette Italy
P-490 ITS Comandante Cigala Fulgosi OPV Italy
P-493 ITS Comandante Foscari OPV Italy
L-9893 ITS San Marco LPD Italy
A-5327 ITS Stromboli Tanker Italy
F-103 ESPS Blas De Lezo Frigate Spain
F-246 TCG Salihreis Frigate Turkey
F-219 FGS Sachsen Frigate Germany
F-218 FGS Meclenburg- Vorpommern Frigate Germany
S-522 ITS Salvatore Pelosi Submarine Italy
S-358 TCG Çanakkale Submarine Turkey
A-512 FGS Mosel Tender Germany
M-1061 FGS Rottweil Mine hunter Germany
M-264 TCG Erdemli Mine hunter Turkey
5558 ITS Crotone Mine hunter Italy
5552 ITS Milazzo Mine hunter Italy

Any additions and corrections are most welcome.

Brilliant Mariner 2013

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The map of the exercise area of the Brilliant Mariner 2013. Photo: Mamadu from radioscanner.ru

Between 26 September and 6 October 2013, a large fleet of warships from NATO’s Response Force (NRF) and from other task forces will take part in Brilliant Mariner 2013 maritime exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Turkish Navy F-246 the frigate TCG Salihreis, the mine hunter M-264 TCG Erdemli and the submarine S-358 TCG Çanakkale are going to take part in this exercise.

TCG Salihreis is the Turkish contribution to the NATO’s SNMG-2 task force and TCG Erdemli is part of the NATO’s SNMCMG-2. This means that the Gür class submarine TCG Çanakkale, is the only Turkish national participant to the exercise.

 

 

Photos From Recent Warship Passages In Bosphorus

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Russian Alligator class 152 Nikolia Filchenkov passing through the Bosphorus on 12 September 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Russian Alligator class 152 Nikolia Filchenkov passing through the Bosphorus on 12 September 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

Russian Kashinin class destroyer 810 Smetlivy passing through the Bosphuros on 13 September 2013. Photo:   haberler.com

Russian Kashinin class destroyer 810 Smetlivy passing through the Bosphuros on 13 September 2013. Photo: haberler.com

Click here for more photos from the passage of Smetlivy and click here for a short video.

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.

M-1061 FGS Rootweil and M-263 TCG Erdemli leaving the Bosphorus on 14 September 2013.

M-1061 FGS Rottweil and M-264 TCG Erdemli leaving the Bosphorus on 14 September 2013. Photo: denizhaber.com.tr

NATO SNMCMG-2 In The Black Sea

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The German tender A-512 FGS Mosel. The flagship of NATO SNMCMG-2.

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M-264 TCG Erdemli. The Turkish contribution to SNMCMG-2.

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M-1061 FGS Rottweil. The German contribution to SNMCMG-2.

Two German and one Turkish warship created a were in Istanbul for the weekend.

The three ships of the NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2, A-512 FGS Mosel, M-264 TCG Erdemli, and M-1061 FGS Rottweil, arrived in Istanbul on 23 August 2013 Friday and left on 26 August 2013.

According to the official web page of SNMCMG-2 there should be a fourth ship: HMS Ledbury, but she was not is Istanbul. NATO is notoriously bad at updating these pages.

The task force is currently in the Black Sea. I would appreciate any information about their destination.

Breeze 2013 Naval Exericse

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P-338 TCG Bora will take part in the Bulgarian naval exercise Breeze-2013 in the Black Sea.

Bulgarian Naval Forces are hosting an international naval exercise called Breeze 2013 between 6 and 15 July 2013.

According to Turkish Navy Turkish Gür class (Type 209/1400 Mod) submarine S-360 TCG Birinci İnönü is taking part in the exercise as well as the fast attack craft TCG Bora and the minesweeper TCG Sığacık.

NATO’s SNMG-2 will take part in this exercise along with Bulgarian units.

As Bulgaria decommissioned its last submarine in 2011 Turkey is the only NATO nation in the Black Sea that can provide submarines for the naval exercises.

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