Republic Day 2014

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Today we are celebrating the 91th anniversary the creation of Turkish Republic.

I am grateful to those who made it possible for me and my family to live in this beautiful country under our own flag.

And I can’t think of a better was to celebrate our independence with a couple of elegantly decorated ships.

Seahawk Down

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Turkish Naval Aviation lost one of its S-70B Seahawk on 12 October 2014. The helicopter took off from the Cengiz Topel Naval Aviation airbase and was heading to Konya as the helicopter collided with a hill killing all servicemen on board.

Lieutenant Commander Deniz Akdeniz,
Sub Lieutenant  Çağrı Ceyhan,
Chief Petty Officer Mehmet Karakaşoğlu,
Chief Petty Officer Ömer Burak Öğüt,

paid the ultimate price for the defence of their country. We will miss them.

Turkish Navy Submarine Rescue Operation

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The Atmospheric Diving Suit being lowered into the sea. Photo: AA

Last week Turkish Navy demonstrated its underwater search and rescue capabilities by using an atmospheric diving suit (ADS).

According to the training scenario the Atılay class submarine TCG Dolunay at a dept of 100 meters, released her distress buoy 13 miles off the coast of Mediterranean city Mersin . When the news of the distresses submarine reached the HQ of the Salvage Command of Turkish Navy the ADS , its pilot and the support crew were flown to İncirlik Air Force base in Adana. From here they were brought to Mersin harbor and loaded to the tug A-590 TCG İnebolu.

When TCG İnebolu arrived to the location of the distressed submarine, the ADS was lowered to the submarine. The pilot inside ADS connected fresh air supply from the surface to the submarine. The circulation of the fresh and used air is vital for the bottomed submarine until further rescue equipment arrives to the scene.

The ADS known as Hardsuit Quantum 1200 by its manufacturer,  Oceanworks, is in operation since 2007 and can operate till 365 meter of depth.  Although it is very risky to submerge a person to such depths having a human on the scene can have some advantages over using ROVs. A similar ADS with a higher depth rating (600m) will be on board  of the submarine rescue mother ship (MOSHIP) A-601 TCG Alemdar when she is commissioned.

Here is a nice video of ADS at work:

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

The Procession Of Turkish Warships To The Black Sea

Today we have witnessed a procession of different types of Turkish warships and a submarine to the Black Sea:

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Y-36 TCG Meseha-2. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-1200 TCG Tuzla. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-587 TCG Gazal. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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An unnamed 209 Type 1400 class submarine.

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Ç-140 TCG Ç-140. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-333 TCG Tufan. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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P-330 TCG Kılıç. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

While the reason(s) for their deployment to the Black Sea has not been public, it is safe to assume that some of them may engage with SNMG-2 ships still in the Black Sea.

The below text is from the official statement from NATO with an emphasize of mine:

Varna, Bulgaria – Last weekend from 19 till 22 September 2014, the two ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) Task Unit TWO (TU.02) stayed in Varna for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea.

Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and SPS 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.

”In conjunction with the port visit, Commander NATO Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Hudson will visit with the Bulgarian Minister of Defence, Dr. Velizar Shalamanov, and Bulgarian Navy leaders to discuss maritime security and other issues of shared interest.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Bulgarian Navy for their support in making this visit possible.” said Vice Admiral Hudson. “While this deployment to the Black Sea is reflective of our naval forces’ regular activities, it is also part of a broader set of military measures agreed upon by NATO’s highest political body, the North Atlantic Council, to reinforce our collective defence and demonstrate the strength of Allied solidarity.”

During the remainder of its deployment in the Black Sea, SNMG2 TU.02 will engage with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy and air and naval units from Turkey.

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

 

Sea Breeze 2014 Naval Exercise Starts Next Week (UPDATED)

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F-512 TCG Büyükada heading to the Black Sea to take part in Sea Breeze 2014 exercise on 7 September 2014. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permisson.

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F-512 TCG Büyükada heading to the Black Sea to take part in Sea Breeze 2014 exercise on 7 September 2014. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permisson.

Despite my previous reporting and expectations the Turkish frigate TCG Oruçreis is not going to take part in the exercise Sea Breeze. Her deployment to the Black Sea must a regular one with national interests at heart.

The Milgem class corvette F-512 TCG Büyükada is going participate in the Sea Breeze according to the Turkish General Staff.

Click here to read about the previous Sea Breeze Exercises.

I have compiled the list of the ships that will take part in the exercise:

Number
Name
Country
Type
F-512
TCG Büyükada
Turkey
Corvette
F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon  Spain Frigate
F-333 HMCS Toronto Canada Frigate
DDG-71 USS Ross USA Destroyer
P-24 Sukhumi Georgia Patrol Boat
F-221 ROS Regele Ferdinand Romania Frigate
F-796 Commandant Birot France Frigate

Sea Breeze 2014 Naval Exercise Starts Next Week

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Turkish Barbaros class frigate F-245 TCG Oruçreis heading to the Black Sea on 4 September 2014. She is obviously going to take part in the Sea Breeze 2014 exercise. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Note that TCG Oruçreis is carrying full Harpoon load. This is not a common sight. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

The Ukrainian led naval exercise Sea Breeze 2014 will start on 8 September 2014, according to a statement made by U.S. European Command.

Exercise Sea Breeze 2014, a multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, is set to start Sept. 8, as representatives from five participating nations and Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02) will gather at sea aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) for the exercise’s opening ceremony.

Approximately 280 U.S. service members will participate in the event.

The exercise is scheduled to take place Sept. 8-10, with naval forces from participating countries working together in order to strengthen interoperability and improve maritime security.

Leaders from Ukraine and the U.S., co-hosts for the 13th iteration of the exercise, share sentiments about the progress of both the exercise and maritime security in the Black Sea that have occurred since the exercise’s inception.

Much of the exercise will focus on maritime interdiction operations as a primary means to enhance maritime security. The other key components of the exercise focus on communications, search and rescue, force protection and navigation.

This year’s participants include Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and the U.S., as well as three ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02): Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333); Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon; and Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand.

Click here to read about the previous Sea Breeze Exercises.

I have compiled the list of the ships that will take part in the exercise:

Number
Name
Country
Type
F-245
TCG Oruçreis
Turkey
Frigate
F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon  Spain Frigate
F-333 HMCS Toronto Canada Frigate
DDG-71 USS Ross USA Destroyer
P-24 Sukhumi Georgia Patrol Boat
F-221 ROS Regele Ferdinand Romania Frigate
F-796 Commandant Birot France Frigate

TCG Akın Launched

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A-584 TCG Akın prior her launching. Photo: aksam.com

I know this headline is confusing as there is already one ship named as TCG Akın in Turkish Navy inventory. But apparently her days are limited.

The ship today launched is the second of the two RATSHIP (Rescue and Towing Ship) Istanbul Shipyard is constructing for Turkish Navy. Istanbul Shipyard a private company, was selected to build one submarine rescue ship and two salvage and rescue ships by SSM in June 2010. The submarine rescue ship A-601 TCG Alemdar was launched on 29 April 2014. And the first RATSHIP, A-583 TCG Işın was launched on 25 June 2014.

According to the press release of Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, the rescue and Towing ship will be capable of towing the broken down, wrecked and ran ashore ships as well as fire-fighting. Moreover, she, which will be equipped by the modern rescue systems and equipment such as remotely operated vehicle (ROV), atmospheric diving suit, submarine ventilation system, pressure rooms etc., can also perform the underwater repair works and wreck removal.

The complete design, construction, outfitting and integration of the Rescue and Towing Ship are being performed by Istanbul Shipyard. In this scope, the total industry participation and offset percentage of 65% enables the utilization of Turkish industry capabilities through the acquisition of the construction material and services as well as most of the systems integrated on the vessel.

The Graduation Ceremony At The Turkish Naval Academy

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Gabya class frigate F-497 TCG Göksu. She is one of the four ships which will receive Smart Mk2 radar and Mk-41 VLS launcher upgrade and the new ESSM missiles.

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Barbaros class frigate F-245 TCG Oruçreis. She will receive  Smart Mk2 radar and her Mk29 launcher will be replaced with a Mk41 VLS.

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S-349 TCG Batıray. One of the six Ay class submarines.

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S-354 TCG Sakarya. One of the four  Preveze class submarines.

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P-332 TCG Mızrak. Kılıç class fast attack craft.

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P-337 TCG Atak She is the same class as TCG Mızrak.

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M-265 TCG Alanya. This Aydın class mine hunter is one of the most modern ships of her kind in Turkish Navy.

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M-268 TCG Akçakoca. She is the same class as TCG Alanya.

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A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa. She is one of the two large training ships of Turkish Naval Forces.

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SG-702  TCSG Güven. One of the four Dost class OPVs of Turkish Coast Guard.

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SG-90 TCSG-90 was on patrol duty protecting the other ships 

Today, there was a graduation ceremony at Turkish Naval Academy. I did not attend the ceremony but I was able to take photos of the warships anchored off the Naval Academy for the celebrations. I guess, the number of the warships and their combined firepower was more than the naval armed forces of many nations.

I wish friendly seas, following winds and a successful career to the new officers of our naval forces

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