TCG Gemlik Replaces TCG Gökova In Gulf Of Aden

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F-496 TCG Gökova.

F-496 TCG Gökova has passed through the Suez Canal as she is returning from her deployment in Gulf Of Aden. She was replaced by F-492 TCG Gemlik.

TCG Gökova was part of multinational anti piracy task force CTF-151 and was in the region since March 2014.

Here is the list of Turkish warships, deployed to Gulf of Aden to combat piracy:

Number Name Deployment Start Deployment End
F-491 TCG Giresun 17.02.2009 17.06.2009
F-490 TCG Gaziantep 17.06.2009 06.10.2009
F-495 TCG Gediz 21.06.2009 15.10.2009
F-496 TCG Gökova 16.10.2010 08.02.2010
F-492 TCG Gemlik 08.02.2010 24.04.2010
F-493 TCG Gelibolu 27.02.2010 13.08.2010
F-494 TCG Gökçeada 05.08.2010 22.10.2010
F-490 TCG Gaziantep 22.10.2010 25.01.2011
F-491 TCG Giresun 25.01.2011 18.06.2011
F-495 TCG Gediz 27.09.2011 07.12.2011
F-491 TCG Giresun 07.12.2011 07.06.2012
F-492 TCG Gemlik 07.06.2012 10.12.2012
F-496 TCG Gökova 10.12.2012 06.06.2013
F-497 TCG Göksu 06.06.2013 07.12.2013
F-493 TCG Gelibolu  07.12.2013 14.03.2014

 

TCG Gökçeada Joined SNMG-2

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TCG Gökçeada departing. Photo: official Turkish Navy photo.

According to the official website of Turkish Navy, the Gabya (Perry) class frigate F-494 TCG Gökçeada departed from her home port Aksaz, Marmaris on 10 March 2014 to replace the frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu of the same class in SNMG-2.

TCG Gelibolu was as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 under Spanish command in Gulf Of Aden and was taking part in Operation Ocean Shield, which is NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa.

From 14 March till 24 June 2014, TCG Gökçeada will protect the civilian ships against the pirates.

TCG Göksu Returned From Her Anti Piracy Deployment

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Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

On 16 December 2013 after a 7 month deployment, Gabya class frigate, F-497 TCG Göksu returned her home port Gölcük.

She has been in the Gulf Of Aden and Indian Ocean to combat piracy.

Thank you for a job well done and welcome home.

TCG Gelibolu Replaces TCG Salihreis In SNMG-2

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Turkish Gabya class frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu is replacing F-246 TCG Salihreis in SNMG-2, before the NATO’s task force sails to Gulf Of Aden to combat piracy.

There will be a farewell ceremony for TCG Gelibolu on 30 November in Aksaz Naval Base.

While Turkish Navy deploys Yavuz (MEKO 200 Track I) and Barbaros (MEKO 200 Track II A/B) class frigates to NATO missions, it is always a Gabya (Perry) class frigate that is sent to missions in Gulf Of Aden. The Gabya class ships are considered more comfortable in Indian ocean and are more economical with their fuel consumption.

It would be interesting to hear what RAN is thinking as it is the only other navy besides Turkish that operates both MEKO and Perry class frigates.

TCG Göksu Escorted Humanitarian Aid Ship To Somalia

TCG Göksu escorted M/V Star Prince to Somalia.

TCG Göksu escorted M/V Star Prince to Somalia.

According to the official webpage of Turkish General Staff, Turkish frigate F-497 TCG Göksu ride shot-gun to Tanzanian flagged merchant ship M/V Star Prince for ten days.

The two ships rendezvoused off the coast of Jedda, Saudi Arabia and traveled together till M/V Star Price arrived its destination: Mogadishu, Somalia. She was carrying humanitarian aid from Turkish Red Crescent.

F-497 TCG Göksu is the current Turkish contribution to the CTF-151 anti-piracy naval task force.

Ukrainian Frigate Passed Through Turkish Straits On Her Way To Gulf Of Aden

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The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven.

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The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven

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The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven

It is not just Russian warships that pass through the Turkish Straits these days. The Ukraian Krivak class frigate U-310 Hetman Sahaydachniy made a rare southbound passage through the Turkish Straits.

She is going to Gulf Of Aden in order to take part in anti piracy operations there. This is the first time that Ukraine is sending a ship for these operations. Ukraine is the second Black Sea nation that send a warship for anti piracy operations. Years ago Bulgaria wanted to take part but was not able to finance it. Last year Romania send a frigate to take part in EU’s anti piracy Operation Atalanta.

This is the official announcement of Ukrainian Defence Ministry:

Frigate Naval Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Getman Sahaidachny” with a helicopter Ka-27, and a group of special purpose (Review Team) on board today, 24 September, went on a long hike to participate in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea West Indian Ocean. During sea crossings and arrival to your destination frigate will make immediate preparations for the tasks of counter-piracy operations at sea “Ocean Shield” and the EU operation “Atalanta” in the area closest to conduct these operations.

The ship on a long voyage accompanied Navy Commander Admiral Yuri Il’yin Ukraine, members of the Military Council of the Navy, Navy veterans home, relatives and friends of the sailors.

Addressing the troops, Admiral Yuri Il’yin said that by this time the ship of the national fleet in such a long hike has not gone.

- You first. The first to be difficult, but very honorable. The fleet is proud of you! – Said the commander of the National Navy. – This device – the best of the best that have earned the right to perform this very important mission for our country. You will defend the national interests of our country. Remember every minute: you are defenders of the Motherland, for you will be judged on our country, of our Navy.

Head of the Armed Forces wished all excellent health and a happy voyage.

For sailors parting words also appealed Assistant Minister of Defense of Ukraine stock Admiral Viktor Maksimov, first deputy chairman of the Sevastopol City State Administration Theodore Rubanov, former commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine stock Admiral Igor Tenyukh, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Veterans Ukraine Navy Vice Admiral Nikolai retired Klitnyy .

Ship commanded by Captain 2nd rank Roman Piatnitski.

TCG Göksu Joins CTF-151

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The Turkish Navy announced that, the Gabya class Frigate F-497 TCG Göksu will take part in Joint Task Force-151 (CTF-151) between 6 June and 6 December 2013.

On 6 June 2013, on board of TCG Göksu was command hand over ceremony of CTF-151. Real Admiral Muhammad Ihsan Qadir from Pakistani Navy, replaced Read Admiral Giam Hock Koon from Singapore Navy.

TCG Göksu will serve as the flagship for Real Admiral Muhammad Ihsan Qadir in the next 3 months.

 

 

TCG Gökçeada Escorts Somalia Bound Cargo Vessel

TCG Gökova escorting the merchant vessel M/V Aqua Luna in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Official Turkish Navy Photo.

TCG Gökçeada escorting the merchant vessel M/V Aqua Luna in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Official Turkish Navy Photo.

The Turkish frigate F-494 TCG Gökçeada escorted the merchant ship M/V Aqua Luna carrying Turkish aid to Somalia.

M/V Aqua Luna chartered by Turkish Red Crescent was carrying 90 thousand canned goods,  5 thousand tons of sugar, 5 thousand tons of flour and many other goods and machinery need to overhaul Somalia’s infrastructure.

I was assuming that this escort duty would be performed by TCG Gökova as she has been in the with SNMG-2. The departure of TCG Gökçeada to the region was not announced either by the Turkish Navy or The Turkish General Staff. Both organisations used to be open about these deployments in the past.

Now, Turkish Navy has again two warships “East of Suez”.

 

 

Ukraine Joined The NATO Anti Piracy Operation Ocean Shield

This from the official web site of Ukrainian Ministry of Defence:

This was announced Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, opening on Friday in Brussels meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission.

- I just exchanged letters with the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Pavel Lebedev, confirming Ukraine’s participation in the NATO operation against piracy “Ocean Shield” – said the secretary general of NATO.

Recall that the February 21-22, Ukraine’s defense minister Pavel Lebedev is on an official visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, where he participated in the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers.

As explained in the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, the agreement formalizes Ukraine’s status as the first partner country participating in the operation to combat piracy, “Ocean Shield” and the only NATO partner country that participates in all its operations.

It is expected that in November the flagship of the Naval Forces of Ukraine frigate “Hetman Sagaidachny” with helicopter deck and a group of special forces take part in the NATO operation against piracy “Ocean Shield”

This is the first time that Ukraine will take part in the Operation Ocean Shield. Years ago Bulgaria wanted to take part but was not able to finance it. Last year Romania send a frigate to take part in EU’s anti piracy Operation Atalanta.

 

Turkish Parliament Extended The Anti-Piracy Mission Of Turkish Navy

 Today, Turkish Parliament accepted a submitted motion to extend the presence of Turkish Navy in Gulf Of Aden for one year.

In 2009, Turkish Parliament gave the government the power to send units from Turkish Navy to Gulf Of Aden and adjacent waters, in order to participate the multinational efforts of anti-piracy.

The as duration of this permission is limited to one year each year it has to be extended.The current mandate will en on 10th February 2014.

Turkish warship are  tasked with:

  • Performing reconnaissance and patrol duties,
  • Calling on ships suspected of piracy/ armed robbery, on the radio, boarding them if their flag country approves and interfering in accordance with the international law if the ship is not showing any flag,
  • Escorting and protecting merchant ships,
  • Helping merchant ships under attack of pirates/sea robbers,
  • Intervening, stopping, neutralizing, and confiscating any vessels used by pirates/sea robbers, and using appropriate force if necessary,
  • Arresting and detaining pirates/sea robbers and armed persons in these vessels,
  • Accepting the representatives of the countries that will prosecute pirates/ armed robbers on board, for the preparations of judicial proceedings, according to the UN resolution 1851.
  • Arresting and detaining, pirates/armed robbers on board until they are being handed over to the countries that will prosecute them,
  • Turning in, the suspects of pirates/sea robbers with the exception of the case that these are Turkish citizens, to the authorities the nation where the pirates/sea robbers will be prosecuted,
  • Executing all kinds of policing duties including interrogation, collecting evidence.
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