Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 30)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russia’s sole Admiral Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Grigorovich made a southbound passage through Istanbul.

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Note the change of the pennant number on Admiral Grigorovich. It was 749, when she made her northbound passage in June.

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Large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets made a southbound passage on her way to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The small auxiliary Kazan-60 returned from her Syian depylement aftyer 15 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 passed through Istanbul on her deployment to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The research and deep dive support ship of the Russian Northern Fleet, Yantar made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits.

The list of the foreign warships, passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 29)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 14 days:

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Russian Buyan-M class corvette Zeleny Dol returns from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The second Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov made a northbound passage through Istanbul following Zeleny Dol. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian tug MB-31 made a northbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the rest of the landing ships taking part in Kavkas-2016 exercise Georgy Pobedonests was tasked with Alexander Shablin to supply Russian forces in Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Romanian training ship Mircea made a rare southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the majorty of the large landing ships tied up in naval exercise Russian started using auxiliary ships for the Syrian Exprees deployments. Kazan-60 made a southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shablin returned from Syrian Express deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Turkish Coast Guard Tows Future Qatari Coast Guard Boat

Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-70 prepares to tow QC-711. Photo: Turkish Coast Guard.

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.

Turkish Navy Conducted An Exercise In The Black Sea

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Turkish fast attack craft TCG Atak (left) and TCG Tufan passing through Bosphorus in formation.

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:

Number Name Type
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Tender
A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör Tanker
F-241 TCG Turgutreis Frigate
F-243 TCG Yıldırım Frigate
F-244 TCG Barbaros Frigate
F-245 TCG Oruçreis Frigate
F-496 TCG Gökova Frigate
F-497 TCG Göksu Frigate
F-512 TCG Büyükada Corvette
P-333 TCG Tufan Fast attack craft
P-336 TCG Zıpkın Fast attack craft
P-337 TCG Atak Fast attack craft

TCG Gelibolu Meets Japanese Training Fleet

TCG Gelibolu, in formation with 151 JS Asagiri, 3518 JS Setoyuki and 3508 JS Kashima. Photo: Turkish Naval Forces.

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.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 28)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russian tug SB-36 made her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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PM-56 starts her 6 month deployment to Syria. She has replaced PM-138 which returned 19 day ago. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Georgiy Pobedonosets made a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shabalin passes TCG Yıldırım on her way to Syria. Turkish frigate was in Istanbul for the Victory Day commemorations. Photo: Alper Böler.

The stern view of Alexander Shablin as she is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The stern view of Alexander Shablin as she is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

TCG Akçakoca Searched For Two Missing Georgian Soldiers

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TCG Akçakoca in Georgia. Photo: Georgian MoD.

On 20 August 2016, Aydın class mine hunter TCG Akçakoca entered Georgian waters for a sad mission.

According to Agenda.ge, Corporal Iago Sharadze and First Class Private Giorgi Nanetashvili were taking part in dive training on August 16 but failed to surface after the planned dive, which took place off the coast of Gonio in the Black Sea. The men’s bodies have not yet been found but they are presumed dead.

As a mine hunter TCG Akçakoca has the suitable equipment on board, to find small objects underwater. Thus sending her for search of the bodies of the Georgian soldiers was very appropriate. According to initial news, she was to stay in Georgia for 3 days. I could not find any news whether she has returned or not.

Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoria visited the TCG Akçakoca.

“I met with the crew of the Turkish vessel. They are highly skilled and professional specialists. The vessel is equipped with high technology and modern rescue capabilities which makes possible to conduct the operation effectively. Readiness is huge. They intend to stay for three days. Thus, in case of necessity the rescue operation will continue”, said Minister of Defence Levan Izoria.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 27)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 11 days:

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Italian training ship ITS Palinuro returned from her Black Sea deployment after 20 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian training ship Smolny returned to the Black Sea without any cadets on board apparently. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian intelligence gathering ship Kildin made her first Mediterranean deployment in 2016. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alexander Shablin returned to the region for her Syrian Express deployments. Photo: Alper Böler.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 26)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 11 days:

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Natya class mine sweeper Valentin Pikul passed through Istanbul without her usual Coast Guard escort, because of this accident.

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The silhouette of Azov returning from her Syrian deployment.

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Russian large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonesets as she passes through Istanbul

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Minsk heading for her 11. Syrian deployment in 2016.

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Amur class repair ship PM-138 returned, after spending the last 6 months in Syria.

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Buyan-M class corvette Zeleny Dol made a southbound passage through Istanbul together with her sister Serpukhov. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov passing through Istanbul. Both Buyan-M’s are taking part in a naval exercise. Photo: Alper Böler.

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One of the Italian Navy’s training ships, the barquentine Palinuro passed through Bosphorus for her Black Sea deployment.

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Because of the strong current and weak engine power Palinuro had to be towed northbound.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

First Photo Of Turkish Navy ATR-72 600 ASW Plane

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The first ATR-72 600 ASW plane of Turkish Navy in test flight. Photo: Lidie Berendsen.

It is a joy to see one ATR-72 60 ASW plane in the air  at last. It has been 11 years since the contract was signed.

 

For further reading:

12 Years After The Contract Thales Finally Delivers Maritime Patrol Aircraft To Turkish Navy

Finaly: The First ATR-72 Maritime Utility Plane Is Delivered

Turkish Navy To Get 8 ATR-72-600 Planes Instead Of 10 As Originaly Agreed

Finally: The First Maritime Surveillance Plane Officially Inaugurated

First flight of CN235 ASW for Meltem programme

New Maritime Patrol Planes For Turkish Navy?

Meltem 3 Project Reaches A Milestone

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