27 Feb 2017 1 Comment
Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
19 Feb 2017 1 Comment
The first ship of the new landing ship class, TCG Bayraktar is undergoing sea trials and acceptance tests.
The contract for the construction of a new LST’s was signed between Ministry of Defence and ADIK_Furtrans shipyard on 11 May 2011. The value of the contract is 370 million Euros. It took almost two years for the shipyard to find the 370 million Euro credit to cover the project as required by the contract. The first steel was cut on 14 May 2014 at ADİK Shipyard and was launched on 3rd October 2015. The shipyard has succeeded in keeping its contractual obligation and delivering the ship in 34 months.
The second ship TCG Sancaktar is still under construction.
The Bayraktar class ships have a crew of 129 and will carry 350 soldiers. The ships have a citadel to protect the crew from effects of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
The closed parking area is 1100 square meters and the open deck parking area is 690 square meters enough for about 20 main battle tanks and between 24 – 60 vehicles.
The armament consists of 2 single barreled 40mm Oto Melara guns, 2 Mk15 Phalanx CIWS, 2 machine guns on a stabilized remote-controlled chassis.
The ships have a Smart Mk2 3D air/surface search radar, which not common for an amphibious ship. Furthermore there are 2 AselFLIR 300D EO directors, torpedo counter measures systems, laser warning receiver and Link 16/22 system. All these sensors and weapons will be controlled by 5 consoles of GENESIS CMS.
16 Feb 2017 1 Comment
Today, Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon and Canadian frigate HMCS St. John’s constituting, Standing NATO Martime Group 2, Task Unit 2 arrived in Samsun, Turkey.
The ships will stay in Samsun for 3 days. They have left Varna, Bulgaria on last Monday with the Bulgarian warship Reshitelni and spend the rest of the week cruising the Black Sea.
The ships have sailed to the Black Sea on 31st January and can stay only 21 days in the region. This means that the ships must make their southbound passage through Bosphorus in the next four days.
12 Feb 2017 1 Comment
The Minister of National Education and former Minister of Defence İsmet Yılmaz announced that Turkey will led CTF-151 for a fifth time in 2017. He revealed this information during the debates in parliament about extending the deployment of Turkish Naval Forces for anti piracy operations.
A Turkish rear admiral will command CTF-151 between 29 June and 26 September 2017. Previously Turkish Navy led the task force in,
A Gabya class frigate will act as the flagship of Turkish rear admiral.
On 8th February 2017, The Grand National Assembly of Turkey, extended the presence of Turkish Navy in Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and adjacent seas.
The first bill allowing Turkish government to deploy Turkish Naval Forces for anti piracy operations was accepted in 10 February 2009. It was extended in one year periods ever since.
Turkish warship are tasked with:
Apart from the two task force deployments in 2011 and 2014, since 2009 following Turkish frigates took part in anti-piracy operations in the region:
|Number||Name||Start of Deployment||End of Deployment|
The Niterói class frigate F-43 BRS Liberal arrived in Mersin, Turkey, for a 3 day port visit.
The ship joined the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (MTF-UNIFIL) in early September. This is her first port visit in Mersin.
There was a reception on board of frigate.
11 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
TCG Gelibolu arrived in Karachi to take part in Pakistan led naval exercise AMAN 2017. Last week she was in Seychelles as a participant top Cutlass Express exercise.
This is the first time that Turkey is taking part in this exercise with a warship. In previous exercise Turkey was present with naval special forces teams.
The biannual exercise will take part in Arabian Sea between 10 and 14 February 2017.
37 countries are participating in the exercise, nine of them with naval units. The exercise is aimed to help in enhancing interoperability with regional and extra regional navies.
This is the list of the participating naval units:
|P-621||Samudra||Patrol Boat||Sri Lanka|
|1304||Maui||Coast Guard Vessel||USA|
|1309||Saquidnek||Coast Guard vessel||USA|
9 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
NATO Maritime Command has started a focused operation to map, patterns of life in the Mediterranean.
This focused operation is led by Captain Emre Sezenler, Commodore of 2. Destroyer Flotilla of Turkish Navy and TCG Gaziantep acts as his flagship. Italian frigate ITS Aviere and Greek frigate HS Navarinon are the other components of this task force.
Below is the press release about the operation:
NORTHWOOD, United Kingdom (Feb. 7, 2017) – Three NATO ships, provided by Turkey, Italy and Greece are dedicating specific attention to portions of the eastern Mediterranean Sea over the next couple of weeks in what is called an Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) focused operation.
Operation Sea Guardian is a standing Maritime Security Operation with three main tasks, Maritime Situational Awareness, counter-terrorism and regional capacity building. As a standing operation, it is continually active through a network of ships and maritime operations centers providing information about Maritime Situational Awareness. This baseline is augmented by focused operations that concentrate on specific areas of interest.
Focused operations dedicate various types of assets under NATO operational control to developing and maintaining an accurate picture of daily activity in various parts of the Mediterranean Sea. This information builds what is called Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) which is shared across the Alliance and can be used to help identify possible security concerns while at the same time increasing cooperation, flexibility and strength through unified effort.
his is the first focus operation of 2017 and the second since Operation Sea Guardian was initiated on November 9, 2016. The first focus operation provided Allied navies information on daily patterns of life near shipping routes and fishing grounds in the central Mediterranean in order to support building a greater MSA across the Alliance.
The operation as a whole is about the fusion of information to create a more comprehensive picture of daily activities in the Mediterranean. In addition to the details provided by these assets actively collecting information in specific areas, Allied nations’ forces support this operation in various ways through active, standby or associated support.