Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 3)

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

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Russian tug SB-5 returned to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Korolev made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Buoy tender KIL-158 was one of the ships that returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alligator class landing ship, Nikolai Filchenkov made her southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Amur class repair ship PM-138 passed through Istanbul for her 6 month long deployment in Tartus. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Warship Donations To Cyprus

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KKTCSG-301 (left) and KKTCSG-303 with their crews. Photo: Armed Forces of Northern Cyprus.

Turkish Navy donated two naval vessels to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Coast Guard.

The vessels are former small landing craft of Ç-302 class. The boats are renamed as KKTCSG-301 and KKTCSG-303 and commissioned into service on 18 January 2017.

Each of these boats can carry 60 tons of load or 140 troops. Their maximum speed is 10 knots.

On a different note, the Sultanate of Oman is donating, a large patrol boat to Cyprus. The ship in question is believed to be Al Mabrukah. She was build in 1970 in UK and commissioned in Sultan of Oman Navy in 1971 as the yacht for the sultan. She was converted to a training ship in 1983. In 1997 she was classified as patrol ship and used as one since.

First Steel Cut For TCG Istanbul

The first steel for the new frigate TCG İstanbul was cut with ceremony. Photo: Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman, Anadolu Ajansı via Turkish MoD.

On 19 January 2017, first steel was cut for the Turkish frigate TCG İstanbul in Istanbul Naval Shipyard.

Defence Minister and Commander of Turkish Naval Forces attended the ceremony that marked the construction start of Turkey’s first indigenous frigate.

TCG İstanbul will be the first ship of a class of 4 frigates also known as İ (or İstif according to Turkish Naval spelling alphabet) class. The others will be called as TCG İzmir, TCG İzmit and TCG İçel.

The conceptual drawing of this new class was first revealed during the IDEF 2015 International Defense Industry Fair.

The new frigate will be about 14 meters longer but will have the same width as Ada class. TCG İstanbul will be 600 tons heavier and have a deeper draft due to the increased weapon load and other design changes.

The main gun is a 76mm with a stealth cupola. There is 16 cell Mk41 VLS system just behind the gun, for ESSM missiles.

The form of the bridge and the main mast is almost identical to the existing Ada class only slightly enlarge. There will be a Smart-S Mk2 radar and ARES-2 ESM suit on the mast.

One important difference between the ships is the number of the anti-ship missiles carried. The weapon load on İstif class will be the double of Ada class with 16 missiles launchers. This is the twice the usual load of the existing anti-ship missiles normally carried on Turkish warships.

Another difference is the selection of the self-defence weapons. While the Ada class has the Mk49 launcher for RAM anti-air missiles the İstif class will be fitted with a Mk15 Phalanx CIWS.

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A comparison between Ada and İstif class

The above mentioned are the external differences between the two generation of Milgem ships. The internal changes are very hard to tell at this time. But nevertheless, one might safely say that the combat management system of the second generation will be an improved version of the first generation.

The construction of TCG İstanbul is expected to be completed within the next 46 months with the intended commissioning date 2021.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 2)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

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Tsezar Kunikov, returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Korolev, went south for her first deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Kyzyl-60, was loaded and had even three 40 feet containers on her deck. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

The Flagship Of SNMG-2 Is In Izmir

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

The flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG-2) FGS Sachsen is in Izmir for a liberty call.

The German Navy took over the lead of SNMG-2 in 22. December 2016 and frigate FGS Sachsen has replaced Dutch warship HNLMS De Ruyter as the flagship of the task force.

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

 

TCG Alemdar Ready For The Service

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The model TCG Alemdar.

The commissioning of the submarine rescue mother ship A-582 TCG Alemdar was scheduled for today. The ceremony was cancelled because some high-ranking politicians are unable to attend. Never the less it is good to know that this project has come to an end.

The first steel for TCG Alemdar was cut in April 2012 and the keel was laid in December 2012. The ship was launched on 29th April 2014.

The project may seem to have taken too long but it is the first time that a private shipyard has constructed a ship with complex and specialized sub systems. According to the contract signed between the Istanbul shipyard and UDI, the shipyard acted as a main contractor for the project that included the submarine rescue systems like ROV’s, hyperbaric chamber etc. As far as I know such expertise was not available to the shipyards at that time.

Last week TCG Alemdar was nearly involved in an accident. As part of the acceptance tests, the ship was in Marmara Sea and conducting a 4 point anchoring operation. During the test fast ferry M/V Hızır Reis passed over one of the anchoring cables. The tender boat of TCG Alemdar capsized during the incident and 5 persons on board had fallen to the sea. The survivors were rescued shortly but suffered some hypothermia.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 1)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the first week of 2017:

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Nikolai Filchenkov returned from her Syrian deployment and passed through Turkish Straits in one day. Probably they were in a hurry to be at home before the Christmas. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 made her southbound passage with at least six 40 feet containers on board.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Kazan-60 returned from her Syrian Express deployment along with the tug SB-5. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Tug SB-5 escorted Kazan-60. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shabalin was the first Ropucha to pass through the Turkish Straits.

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The first foreign warship to pass through Turkish Straits in 2017 was the small Romanian Border Guard vessel MAI-1102. She went south to take part in EU naval operations. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

TCG Atılay Decommissioned

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An Ay class submarine passing through Istanbul.

This is not a story you may find in Turkish naval circles online. According to Greek Defense and Foreign Policy website E-Amyna, Turkish Navy bid farewell to her oldest submarine TCG Atılay on 30 November 2016.

TCG Atılay was the first submarine build for Turkish Navy since the end of the Second World War. She was constructed build in Kiel by HDW shipyard and commissioned in Turkish Navy in March 1976. TCG Atılay was based on German Type 209 design one of the most successful submarine designs in post war  years.

Though there is no information about TCG Atılay‘s fate after being retired, Turkish Navy does not send its decommissioned submarines directly to breakers. Thus it is highly possible that she will remain as a floating charging platform for other submarines.

She may be even serve, as a test platform for the systems developed for the Milden (National Submarine) project as mentioned by E-Amyna.  Why not taking their word, when they can report on Turkish Navy better and faster than Turkish Navy itself.

Happy New Year

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An Epilogue To An Incident

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As I wrote this post on 31st December 2016 at 16.00 local time, the Turkish flagged vessel M/V Alcatras was still grounded in Lambi beach, Kos island.

But as you can see from the videos below some of her cargo was transferred to another Turkish flagged vessel and is gone back to Turkey.

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