>Turkish Navy To Help NATO Enforce Libya Embargo

>According to Reuters, Turkey agreed to provide 4 frigates, one submarine and one support ship to NATO, so that NATO can enforce the arms embargo imposed on Libya.

The alliance had offers of 16 ships to implement a decision to launch the mission taken by NATO this week, NATO military officer Brigadier Pierre St Amand told a news briefing

He said the ships included a command-and-control ship from Italy; 10 frigates — including four from Turkey and one each from Britain, Spain, Greece, Italy, Canada and the United States; submarines from Spain, Italy and Turkey; and auxiliary ships from Italy and Turkey.

St Amand said the NATO mission was authorized to use armed force to enforce the embargo.While agreeing to enforce the arms embargo, NATO nations have yet to agree to take part in a no-fly zone over and whether the alliance should have a leading role in the international mission.

Turkey, a Muslim state and a NATO member, says the air campaign over Libya led by France, the United States and Britain has already gone beyond the scope of last week’s U.N. Security Council resolution. There was no immediate word of whether Ankara would accept a compromise at NATO on 23 March 2011, Wednesday.

This just a very fresh news. I will be on the outlook for more information.

>Turkish Navy Naval Parade In Dardanelles

>On Friday, 18 March 2011, to commemorate the 96th anniversary of the victory against the Allied Fleet in 18 March 1915,  Turkish Navy organized a naval parade in Dardanelles.

It meant a 25 hours round trip to Çanakkale for me, to watch the parade, take photos of the participating ships and return home.

But it was worth it and it was fun.

Following ships took part in the parade:

F-245 TCG Oruçreis

F-244 TCG Barbaros

F-240 TCG Yavuz

F-495 TCG Gediz with MK-41 VLS

P-338 TCG Atak

P-331 TCG Kalkan

P-330 TCG Kılıç

SG-312 TCSG-312 with STAMP

SG-308 TCSG-308 with STAMP

SG-93 TCSG-93

SG-94 TCSG-94

Additionally, I was able to take photos of the following ships and vessels:

209 Type 1200 class submarine 

209 Type 1100 class submarine

F-243 TCG Yıldırım

SG-4 TCSG-4

SG-15 TCSG-15

SG-16 TCSG-16

SG-84 TCSG-84

Y-161 TCG Öncü

For the photos of a similar naval pared from last year, click HERE.

>The Legendary Mine Layer Nusret, In Active Duty Again!

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N-16 TCG Nusret

There are a few ships, that directly influenced the history. The small minelayer Nusret is one of them. Perhaps the smallest of them.

She was a German built mine layer in service of Ottoman Navy when she laid 20 new mines to a bay which was used previously cleared by Allied mine sweepers. This bay was used to maneuver Allied battleships when they were bombarding the forts along Dardanelles at the beginning of March 1915.

These latest mines of Nusret were laid parallel to the shore as an exception.

On 18 March 1915 when the Allied Armada forced her way up the Dardanelles, everything seem to be on their  side. until at around 14:00 a small cloud of yellowish smoke, which turned black afterwards, came out of the starboard quarter of the Bouvet. This old French battleship had struck a mine. One of the mines laid ten day ago by Nusret. Bouvet sank in a very short time.

A few hours later first HMS Inflexible and shortly  later HMS Irresistible struck to same mines from Nusret.

Of the 16 capital ships that sailed in the Dardanelles that morning HMS Ocean, HMS Irresistible and Bouvet never returned. HMS Inflexible and Gaulios had to be beached at the near by small island in order to be rescued. Suffren heavily damaged by Turkish guns had to be docked at Malta for intensive repairs..

Winston Churchill defined those mines as the reason for the prolonging of the war and the enormous casualties, in the interview he made with “Revue de Paris,” in 1930.

The original Nusret was sold to a private company after her decommissioning from Turkish Navy in 1962. An unprecedented example of bureaucratic myopia and stupidity. She was used till late 80’ies when she sunk in Mersin Harbor. She was salvaged and bought by the Municipality of  Tarsus and restored. But as she was not  seaworthy anymore, she was placed on land.

Turkish Navy constructed a copy of the Nusret in Gölcük Naval Shipyard and launched her in September 2010. She was commissioned into the Turkish Navy on 11 February 2011 with the pennant number N-16.

N-16 TCG Nusret. A sailing legend.

Earlier this month she cruised under her own power from Gölcük to Çanakkale where she will serve as a floating museum. She took part in the remembrance and celebration of the victory against the Allied Fleet in 18 March 1915.

I wish her calm seas and friendly winds.

>First Turkish Perry With Mk-41 VLS On

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F-495 TCG Gediz.
The first  Gabya class frigate to receive Mk41 VLS

This is most probably the first photo of the Turkish frigate F-495 TCG Gediz with the newly installed 8 cell Mk-41 VLS system.

In 2009 it was announced that four of the eight Gabya (Perry) class frigates in Turkish inventory would receive a 8 cell Mk-41 VLS for ESSM and a new 3D radar for improved observation and fire control capabilities. This upgrade is similar to the modernization project conducted by Royal Australian Navy known as Project SEA 1390 or FFG UP.

Thales Smart S Mk-2 was selected as the new 3D radar, but it was not installed on the frigate yet.

All Gabya class frigates with the exception of F-496 TCG Gökova and F-497 TCG Göksu, have received the GENESIS mid-life upgrade.

>Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 4)

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This is sort of breaking news. The civilian ferry M/V Ankara left Istanbul in the evening of 16. March 2011.
Her possible port of call is Sirte, Libya.

Her sister M/V Samsun is in Tripoli since 15 March 2011. She is  evacuating Egyptians  who flee from Libya.

Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 1)
Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 2)
Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 3)
Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 4)

 

 

>Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 3)

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M/V Samsun and TCG Gelibolu in Tripolis.
Official Turkish Navy Photo.

According to Turkish General Staff website, the ferry M/V Samsun arrived in Tripolis escorted by the frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu.

M/V Samsun will pick up Egyptian evacuees who wish to return to their country. This will be the second trip of the ship.

In the first trip M/V Samsun had 1075 evacuees on board while TCG Gelibolu had 81 on board.

There is nothing in the media yet but it seems the crisis on board of M/V Samsun is over.

M/V Fehim Bey seen from TCG Gaziantep.
Official Turkish Navy Photo.

In the meantime cargo vessels M/V Fehim Bey and M/V Purki arrived in Benghazi loaded with humanitarian aid. The ships departed from Mersin, Turkey for a joint aid action conducted by Turkey and UAE. The ships were escorted by the frigate F-490 TCG Gaziantep on their voyage.

 

 

>Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 2)

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Vice Adm. Mohab Mameesh on board TCG Gelibolu.
Official Turkish Navy Photo.

On 7th March the civilian ferry M/V Samsun and frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu arrived at Alexandira Egypt.

There were 1075 Egyptians on board of M/V Samsun and 81 on board of TCG Gelibolu. 

Upon thier arrival the Commander of Egyptian Naval Forces, vice Admiral Mohab Mameesh visited TCG Gelibolu.

It is not clear however is the ships are going back to Libya for a second round.

M/V Samsun is still in Alexandria and yesterday one Turkish maritime news portal reported that 13 of the crew including the second mate and the chef submitted their resignations, citing that they did not want to work under adverse health (hygienic ?) conditions.

For more photos from Turkish Navy click here.

 

>Turkey Continues Evacuations From Libya (Part 1)

Turkey finished evacuating its citizens from Libya but Turkish ships are still in the region, helping the evacuation of other nations.

The civilian ferry M/V Samsun and frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu left Tripoli on 4. March 2010. Both ships are heading to Alexandira Egypt.

There are 1075 Egyptians on board of M/V Samsun and 81 more are on board of TCG Gelibolu. The ships are expected to arrive in Alexandria.

The photo on the left is an official photo from Turkish Navy. If you look close enough you can see a South Korean warship docked just to the right of TCG Gelibolu on the background.

>TCG Giresun Helps M/T Guanabara

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Today, F-491 TCG Giresun assisted to Japanese owned and Bahamian flagged tanker Guanabara.

The tanker was attacked by Somali pirates 330 miles south east of Duqm, Oman. The pirates were able to to board the ship but the crew hide in side a safe room.

Turkish contribution to Standing NATO Maritime Task Group 2 (CTF-508), TCG Giresun was diverted to help the tanker.

The frigate arrived at the vicinity of the tanker in the morning of 6. March 2011. The frigate established contact to the crew of the tanker and the on obard helicoper was send to reconnaissance and surveillance. Apeerantly the pirates gave up their efforts to hi jack the ship and with the arrival of TCG Giresun they decided to surrender.

Later the US destroyer DDG-84 USS Bulkeley arrived at the scene and the boarding team of the US warship, boarded the tanker. The boarding was unopposed by the pirates. The pirates are under custody on board of the USS Bulkeley.

Since then, TCG Giresun returned to her orginally assigned area of duty.

For more photos and for the original press release of the Turkish General Staff click here.

>The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 10)

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Fast ferries M/V Osman Gazi and M/V Orhan Gazi on their
return trip to İstanbul. As of afternoon of 2. March.

According to the PrimeMinister’s Office, from 19 February till 2 March,  Turkey hasevacuated 21.505 people from Libya. 2.982 of the evacuees are foreignnationals.

The 1049 passengers onboard of ferry M/V Ankara are not included in the above total.
This was the biggestnon-combat evacuation operation Turkey has conducted in the recentyears.
The first noticable NEOwas evacuation from Albania in March 1997. The Knox class frigate F-251 TCG Adatepe was send to Albania to pick up 253 evacuees.
The second NEO was theevacuation from Lebanon in July 2006. This time the frigates F-493TCG Gelibolu, F-504 TCG Bartın and the naval ferry A-1600 TCGIskenderun were send to Beirut to pick up 700 Turkish citizens.
As you can see theprevious operations were very small in scale of the latest NEO fromLibya. I am very happy to see that the whole operation run verysmoothly and there were no serious incidents that might endanger thelives of the evacuees.
Nobody made an officialannouncement yet but it appears that the main part of the evacuationoperation is finished. The two fast ferries M/V Osman Gazi and M/VOrhan Gazi, which made two round trips to Libya are heading to hometo Istanbul.
One of the civilianferries M/V Ankara is as mentioned above on her way to Marmaris. I donot expect her to go back to Libya again. The second ferry M/V Samsunis in Benghazi. It is possible that she will be used for theevacuation of Egyptians trapped in Libya.
Today Turkish General Staff finally shared the names of all the naval vessels that took part in the evacuation operation. They are the frigates F-240 TCG Yavuz, F-245 TCG Oruçreis, F-246 TCG Salihreis, F-492 TCG Gemlik, F-493 TCG Gelibolu, F-494 TCG Gökçeada, the replenishment tanker A-585 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör, and the trustworthy naval ferry A-1600 TCG Iskenderun.

The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 10)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 9)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 8)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 7)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 6)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 5)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 4)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 3)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 2)
The Evacuation Of Turkish Citizens From Libya (Day 1)

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