Fishing Wars, Aegean Style (Part 2)

The fishing wars in Northern Aegean goes on. Today a new video was released showing a dog fight (I don’t know if this is a correct term to use on sea) between Turkish and Greek Coast Guard vessels.

Being smaller the Greek boat has a higher degree of maneuverability but the Kaan 33 class, Turkish Coast Guard boat TCSG-308 was able to prevented the Greek Coast Guard boats coming to close to Turkish fishing boats.


Fishing Wars, Aegean Style

This video was taken on board of a Turkish fishing boat in Northern Aegean. The Kaan 33 class, Turkish Coast Guard boat TCSG-308 prevented the Greek Coast Guard boats coming to close to Turkish fishing boats. On sea, size does matter.



Turkish Warships On Bosphorus

The Dost class OPV of Turkish Coast Guard and one unidentified Turkish submarine were seen passing through the Bosphorus on 21 January 2013.


SG-702 TCSG Güven on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.


SG-702 TCSG Güven on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.


A Turkish Type 209/1200 class submarine on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.


A Turkish Type 209/1200 class submarine on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

TCSG Umut In Durres


The Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces, General Major Jeronim Bazo visiting TCSG Umut in Durrës. Photo: Albanian Military Forces

The Turkish Coast Guard vessel SG-703 TCSG Umut is visiting Durrës, Albania.

She arrived on 2 December 2013 and will stay in Durrës till 4 December. During her long-range deployment and endurance trails, TCSG Umut is making history. Her visit is probable the first official visit of a Turkish Coast Guard vessel in this country. Last week the ship was in Messina Italy, which was a first too.

Turkish Navy give emphasis to its relations with Albania and Turkish warships even submarines visit Albanian ports quite regularly.

Interior Minister Samir Tahiri and Mayor of Durres Vangjush Dako visited Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG UMUT, who arrived the morning of 2 December at the port of Durres. 

Albanian dignitaries are expected by the commander of the ship captain of the first rank Ertan Balxhi (Balci), Commissioner of the ship captain of the first rank Xhynejt (Cuneyt) Kara and other officers. The meeting was attended Roland Xhelilaj mayor and county council chairman Alfred Mullaraj Durres. 

The commander of the ship TCSG UMUT and other military expressed its satisfaction at the visit Durres. It discussed issues relating to military cooperation within NATO and the friendship that exists between the Albanian and Turkish. 

The biggest ship of the Turkish coast guard TCSG UMUT with a crew of 90 persons, including 15 officers, has come to the port of Durres in the implementation of the plan of bilateral military cooperation between our country and the Republic of Turkey in 2013. The purpose of this visit is to exchange experience between the naval forces of Albania and Turkish naval forces as well as the participation of the Turkish ship in a joint exercise.

For further reading:
TCG Anafartar in Durrës
TCG Dolunay In Durrës
TCG Heybeliada In Durrës

TCSG Umut In Messina

SG-703 TCSG Umut, docking in Messina. Photo:

SG-703 TCSG Umut, docking in Messina. Photo:

Turkish Coast Guard vessel SG-703 TCSG Umut is making her first foreign port visit to Messina, Italy. This might be the first ever visit of a Turkish Coast Guard vessel to Italy.

Under the Plan of bilateral cooperation between the Turkish and Italian Coast Guard to allow the exchange of information and mutual experiences in the areas of search and rescue (SAR), control of migration flows and vessel traffic (VTS system operation), control Fisheries and contrast modes marine pollution and illegal trafficking of waste, arrived this morning at the port of Messina the Turkish Coast Guard Ship TCSG UMUT (703).

The Turkish patrol the high seas is a unit of 88.80 meters at whose command is placed Lieutenant Commander Cuneyt KARA. The mission commander is Captain Ertan BALCI. The crew consists of 90 people including 15 officers.
The unit was met at the dock and then the Turkish delegation was received by the Commander Master CV Samiani, in the presence of the Commander of Maridist CV Legrottaglie. During the morning were then made protocol visits to the Port Authority, the Mayor of Messina and the Prefect. The command of the ship then called the authorities on board for lunch.

The choice of which port of call in Messina Unit was motivated by the opportunity for crew members to visit both the Italian Coast Guard vessels stationed in the port of Messina, both the Centre and the School of VTS Messina. Tomorrow will be made some visits to structures and naval units of the Coast Guard, under the command of Paul ZUMBO CV and the Navy found in Messina, as well as social and sports activities will be held joint.

Messina is a fitting place for TCSG Umut as she is based on Sirio class OPV vessels of Italian Navy. Besides Italians naval enforcement agencies face very similar challenges like their Turkish counter parts therefore establishing operational relations ships and exchanging experiences will mutually benefit all parties.

The Dost class vessels are the largest vessels ever used by Turkish Coast Guard and have longest range of all coast guard units. Thus Turkish Coast Guard needs to establish procedures for long-range deployments and need to learn their ships capabilities and limitation is the open seas.

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.

TCSG Güven Commissioned


TCSG Dost, sister ship of TCSG Güven seen here during one of the builders trials.

The third off shore patrol vessel for the Turkish Coast Guard, SG-702 TCSG Güven was delivered today to the end user.

The design of the these ships are based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri. With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year.

These are the first large ships of the Turkish Coast Guard which never used any boat with a large displacement than 200 tons. Their primary task will be search and rescue missions on heavy seas and in bad weather when the smaller boats cannot operate. Secondary missions will be showing the flag, patrolling the seas and prevention of smuggling.

The first two ships SG-701 TCSG Dost and SG-703 TCSG Umut were commissioned in May 2013. The forth ship SG-704 TCSG Yaşam is scheduled to be commissioned in January 2015.

This ceremony was also a good opportunity for RMK Marine to polish its reputation and maybe to mend its tainted relations with the government.

Turkish Coast Guard Boats Get New Sensors


I regret any misunderstanding that my previous post may have caused. I was just away temporary for a week-long holiday. That was all.

The photos you see above are the Coast Guard boats I have encountered during the week in various coastal towns.

The last photo of the SG-80 TCSG-80 is the most interesting of them all for me. As you can see below enlarged, Turkish Coast Guard has started to install a thermal imaging system to its boats. This is long-due addition to these boats sensors. This particular sensor suite look very similar to Aselsan’s Falconeye electro-optical sensor system. If this is the case than the system has thermal imaging system, a high performance day TV, target acquisition system and a laser pointer. Four boats of various classes have received this new sensor already. Read more of this post

Victory Day 2013 (Part 2)

TCG Gediz with her new Smart Mk2 3D radar

TCG Gediz with her new Smart Mk2 3D radar

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This year F-243 TCG Yıldırım, F-244 TCG Barbaros and F-495 TCG Gediz were in Istanbul to commemorate the 91th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, the final battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.

All the ships were open to the public and for me the highlight was the CIC of the TCG Gediz.



Turkish Coast Guard vessels TCSG-5 and TCSG-312 also took part in the celebrations.

I was also able to take the photo of another coast guard vessel. The pedestal at the end of the cabin is similar to the pedestal on P-141 TCG Yunus-1 and P-142 TCG Yunus-2 in Turkish Navy service. This pedestal is a clear indicator the Turkish Coast Guard will install remote-controlled machine gun platform STAMP on these vessels.

Turkish Warships On Bosphorus

Mr. Victor M.S. Barreira was kind enough to share the photos of various Turkish warships he has seen in Istanbul on 10 June 2013.

I thank him very much.


A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa, passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Victor M.S. Barreira, used with permission.


SG-19 TCSG-19 passing though the Bosphorus. Photo: Victor M.S. Barreira, used with permission.


Ç-128 TCG Ç-128 pssing though Bosphorus. Photo: Victor M.S. Barreira, used with permission.


P320 TCG MTB-10 passing though the Bosphorus. Photo: Victor M.S. Barreira, used with permission.


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