24 Oct 2016 1 Comment
Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
24 Oct 2016 Leave a comment
According to Turkish Navy press release, MEKO 200 class frigate TCG Yıldırım, evacuated crew from a stricken merchant ship.
The Panamanian flagged merchant ship M/V Fom has suffered a severe engine problem, off the coast of Black Sea town Karadeniz Ereğlisi. The ship lost power and asked for assistance. TCG Yıldırım was dispatched to the drifting M/V Fom. The on board helicopter from the frigate, evacuated 8 strong crew from M/V Fom. The crew after receiving an initial medical attention on TCG Yıldırım, was later transferred to the shore by Turkish Coast Guard.
9 Oct 2016 5 Comments
The first ship, of the two new logistics supports ships, constructed for Turkish Navy, A-574 TCG Yüzbaşı Güngör Durmuş was launched on 8th October 2016.
Selah Shipyard has won the tender in 2014. The construction of the first ship has started in 2015.
The ships will carry 4000 tons of fuel for warships, 500 tons of fuel for helicopters and 330 tons of fresh water. They will have a medical facility, capable of performing surgeries. These ships will not have a helicopter hangar, but will have a large landing pad, suitable for heavy army helicopters.
Yüzbaşı Güngör Durmuş was an officer of naval special forces. He died by accident during an exercise in July 1998.
9 Oct 2016 Leave a comment
After a considerable period of absence, Turkish Navy is back in Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.
In early September Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Authority dispatched an aid ship to Somaliland, Ethiopia and Putland. M/V Lila, loaded with 11 tons of aid, left Mersin, Turkey on 10 September 2016. Ada class corvette TCG Büyükada escorted the merchant ship on this voyage.
After the delivery of the aid, TCG Büyükada stayed in the region. She is now conducting anti-piracy patrols under Combined Task Force 151 command.
This is the second deployment of TCG Büyükada to the region. She was in the region from January till April 2015, and evacuated 55 Turkish citizens trapped in Yemen.
9 Sep 2016 1 Comment
Turkish Coast Guard announced that, they have helped a boat drifting off the Coast of Antalya.
This boat was QC-711 one of the ARES 75 type boats constructed by ARES shipyard for Qatari Coast Guard. According to the Turkish Coast Guard press release, QC-711 had a malfunction during the builders trials and lost all power. Thus Turkish Coast Guard boat TCSG-70 was dispatched to tow the distressed boat back to the shipyard.
9 Sep 2016 1 Comment
This week between 5th and 8th September 2016, Turkish Navy conducted an unannounced exercise in the Black Sea.
During the week several Turkish warships of different types and some tugs towing practice targets were observed passing through Istanbul.
Interestingly there was no official statement from Turkish Naval Forces or from Turkish General Staff about the exercise. Since some of these passages were during the night, the exact number of the participating warships remains elusive.
Here is the list of the warships seen during the week:
|A-577||TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa||Tender|
|A-579||TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa||Tender|
|A-595||TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör||Tanker|
|P-333||TCG Tufan||Fast attack craft|
|P-336||TCG Zıpkın||Fast attack craft|
|P-337||TCG Atak||Fast attack craft|
9 Sep 2016 Leave a comment
Turkish Gabya class frigate TCG Gelibolu made a passing exercise in Eastern Mediterranean with the Japanese Training Fleet.
According to the official statement various maneuvers, training and drills were performed, personnel was exchanged between the ships. It is said the exercise has contributed to the development of interoperability and cooperation between Turkey and the Japanese Navy.