TCG Barbaros Receives New Weapons and Sensors

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TCG Barbaros passing through Bosphorus in 2014. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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TCG Barbaros passing through Bosphorus in 2015. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Above are two photos of MEKO 200 Track IIA class frigate F-244 TCG Barbaros. The first photo was taken in April 2014, the second in February 2015. Though the resolution is not optimal two fundamental change made on the ship in less than 10 months is clearly visible.

Gone are the old AWS-9 search radar and Mk-29 SeaSparrow launcher. They are replaced by a (probably a 16 cell) Mk41 VLS and a SMART-S Mk2 3D radar. This means TCG Barbaros can now fire Sea Sparrow and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles on board. And the life of the radar maintenance technicians got a lot more easier.

TCG Turgutreis Celebrated Her 1000th Sailing From Port

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TCG Turgutreis sailing through Dardanelles.

Turkish contribution to NATO Maritime Group Two, F-241 TCG Turgutreis celebrated her 1000th departure from port on 16 February 2015.

According to NATO MARCOM press release this happened when the task force left Trieste, Italy.

The Commander of SNMG-2, Rear Adm. Brad Williamson (USA N) took the opportunity to join TURGUTREIS on this special occasion and addressed the crew over the ship’s PA system, “I know how much hard work and dedication goes into every sailing from port,” Williamson said to the crew. “I hope as you took in the lines this morning you also paused for a moment to reflect on this special day.”

Sailors aboard TURGUTREIS marked the occasion by taking a photo of the entire ship’s crew on the flight deck and hosting a banner declaring the 1,000th sailing, which the ship will display until the next port. TURGUTREIS is also flying signal flags on the mast which spell out “Sail, 1,000.”

“We are very happy to celebrate our 1,000th sail and are glad to have the honor of Rear Admiral Brad Williamson aboard for the event, and celebrate our ship and the commitment of our crew to serve with dedication and honor,” said TURGUTREIS Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Hüseyin Temizel.

“It was very special to be aboard TURGUTREIS today,” said Williamson. “It is an honour I will carry with me always.”

Will TKMS Pay Penalty For the Delays In Reis Class Construction Project?

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This presentation by TKMS shows the local Turkish content in the upcoming Type214TN submarines. which is substantial compared to the previous submarine construction projects.

The German newspaper Handelsblatt run a story about the penalty to be paid by German submarine constructor Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to Turkey. The reason for this payment is the delay in, construction of 6 Type 214 TN submarines Turkey as agreed to buy From TKMS in 2009.

On 2 July 2009, a contract was signed between Turkey and Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), Kiel, a company of TKMS, and MarineForce International LLP (MFI), London, for the delivery of six material packages for the construction of Class 214 submarines which are now called as the Reis class.

The value of the contract is estimated as 2,5 billion €. There is %80 offset agreement. The submarines will be built in Gölcük Naval Shipyard where 11 submarines of Type 209, were previously built. According to the original contract terms the construction was to start in 2011, and the first sub delivered in 2015.

The reasons for the delay of the construction is both technical and commercial.

The technical delay is related to the much reported to the stability problems the Type 214 submarines experienced. The stability problem was one of the main reasons why Greek Navy refused to accept its first Type 214 HS Papanikolis years ago in the first place. The solution to the stability problem by TKMS was to add weights to certain places in the submarine in order to create a stability. But Turkish Navy was not satisfied with this come up with its own solution where the center of gravity of the submarine was relocated,by adding extending the length of the submarine. The solution has to be validated by TKMS and this is one of the delay in the project. This also means that Turkish Navy is working seriously in submarine design and problems associated with it.  In the end Turkish Type 214 submarines will be a few meters longer than the other nations Type 214 submarines.

The Type 214 construction project is the last project where Turkish Navy will construct a submarine to a foreign design and subsystems. It is not a secret that the next submarines constructed by Turkish Navy will be local design with most of the critical components ans sub systems produced with local input. It is not surprising to see the large Turkish industrial participation in the Type 214 project as this project is regarded as preparation phase for the Milli Denizaltı  (Milden). Milli Denizaltı means National Submarine in Turkish. So it is understandable for the Germans to drag their feet in the Type 214 project especially when they know that this is the last of its kind.

A New Missile For Turkish Naval Helicopters (Part 2)

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Above: TCG Ödev tows the target. Below: the point of impact and the damage to the target.

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The firing of the missile.

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The test bed: Turkish S-70 B2 helicopter with the tail number TCB-66.

 

Last week I had reported about the this photo of a Turkish S-70 B2 Sea Hawk helicopter firing a missile.

Thanks to the comment of my reader Frankie I have now more information strait from the in house magazine of Roketsan.

According to the magazine the test was conducted on 16 September 2014, from the helicopter TCB-66 which was modified for this test. The modifications included a firing control panel inside the cockpit, the special designed power and data cabling for the communication between the missile and the helicopter and finally a missile launcher that fits to the helicopter.

The missile it self is a laser guided UMTAS. It is a beam rider that means the missile follows a the reflection of a laser beam pointed to the target. The source of this beam can the the launching aircraft, a ground based forward observer or another aircraft. The missile has be locked-on before the launch or lock-on after the launch modes.

During the test the launching platform (TCB-66) was the laser designator. The height of the helicopter was 200 meters over the sea level and the target was 4000 meters away, towed the Turkish Navy tug TCG Ödev.

Roketsan states the maximum range of the L-UMTAS as 8000 meters. Turkish Navy is the only operator of the Hellfire missile family in Turkey. As is the missile is very similar in performance to the Hellfire missiles used by Turkish Navy thus L-UMTAS offers a local replacement for the Hellfire missiles.

A New Missile For Turkish Naval Helicopters

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This is a photo of a Turkish S-72B Sea Hawk helicopter firing a missile. There are many things, one can say about this photo.

The special 100th Anniversary Logo of the Turkish Naval Aviation is painted on the side of the fuselage dates the photo to 2014.

The usual missile armament of Turkish Navy helicopter are Penguin Mk2 and AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles. The bright red color of the missile indicates that it is not a serial production unit. Thus this must be a photo of a test firing of a missile in development for Turkish Navy helicopters.

There are some speculative information on Turkish websites that this missile might the a naval version of the Mızrak long-range anti tank missile developed by Roketsan.

If this photo turns out indeed to be a test firing of a navalized version of Mızrak, then the missile may have an Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) seeker  and a range longer than 15 km. These features will enable to helicopter to stay out of the range of SAM missiles her target may be carrying.

 

TCG Giresun Received Her New Radar And Missile Launcher

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TCG Giresun passing through the Bosphorus. Note her new Smart Mk2 3D radar and MK41 VLS system. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

The Gabya (ex Perry) class frigate F-491 TCG Giresun seems to have gotten her new radar and vertical launcher. She is the last ship to received this upgrade.

The new Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D radar replaced the incumbent AN/SPS-49(V)4 radar which was 2D. The addition of 8 cell Mk41 in the forecastle increased the range and the number of the anti-air missiles carried on board. The Mk41 will hold ESSM missiles. while the Mk13 keep housing the SM-1 Standard missiles.

TCG Giresun is the fourth and final ship to undergo through this modernization. The other three are F-495 TCG Gediz, F-496 TCG Gökova, F-497 TCG Göksu.

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

Nusret 2014 Mine Warfare Exercise Starts Tomorrow

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The ships of the SNMCMG-2 have arrived in İzmir. Photo: NATO, MARCOM.

Turkish Navy led mine warfare exercise Nusret 2014 will start on 21 November in İzmir. The exercise will be held in Bay of İzmir and will end on 30 November.

The aim of the exercise is to provide training for the planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability in mine warfare, between warships from different countries participated

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- TCG X Mine Hunter Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Hunter Turkey
M- TCG X Mine Sweeper Turkey
M- TCG X 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

TCG Saldıray Decommissioned

TCG Saldıray on her final cruise.

TCG Saldıray on her final cruise. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

Today, Turkish Navy announced the retirement of Atılay class (209 Type 1200) submarine TCG Saldıray.

TCG Saldıray was the second of her class and was built in Kiel Germany. She was launched in 1974 and commissioned in Turkish Navy in 1977. There were news about an explosion in her, while she was in Gölcük Naval base. But these stories were never ever commented by Turkish Navy.  Earlier this year she took part in Beyaz Fırtına 2014 naval exercise and fired a torpedo to a target ship.

On 14 November 2014, her final day in commission, she made a farewell cruise with her active and former crew.

We thank TCG Saldıray and her crew for serving us 37 years.

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.

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