>TCG Giresun Has Left For Horn of Africa

>Yesterday, without the usual publicity and drum beat Turkish Navy announced that F-491 TCG Giresun, has left Aksaz Naval Base to join the NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2.

SNMG -2 is currently taking part in Operation Ocean Shield, NATO’s anti piracy operation off the Horn of Africa. TCG Giresun will replace F-490 TCG Gaziantep, which is in the region since mid October.

Previously such deployments of Turkish warships were announced a few days before and media would be invited. The obvious lack of PR work about this deployment is curious.

Turkish Warship Deployments To Horn Of Africa
(Sorted by Ship Name)
No Ship Departure Return Task Force
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 17 Jun 2009 6 Oct 2009 CTF-151
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 15 Oct 2010 1 Dec 2010 CTF-151
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 1 Dec 2010 31 Jan 2011 SNMG-2
F 491 TCG Giresun 17 Feb 2009 17 Jun 2009 CTF-151
F 492 TCG Gemlik 8 Feb 2010 24 Apr 2010 CTF-151
F 493 TCG Gelibolu 5 Mar 2010 5 Aug 2010 SNMG-2
F 494 TCG Gökçeada 5 Aug 2010 1 Dec 2010 CTF-151
F 495 TCG Gediz 21 Jun 2009 6 Oct 2009 SNMG-2
F 496 TCG Gökova 15 Oct 2009 8 Feb 2010 CTF-151
Turkish Warship Deployments To Horn Of Africa
(Sorted by Departure Date)
No Ship Departure Return Task Force
F 491 TCG Giresun 17 Feb 2009 17 Jun 2009 CTF-151
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 17 Jun 2009 6 Oct 2009 CTF-151
F 495 TCG Gediz 21 Jun 2009 6 Oct 2009 SNMG-2
F 496 TCG Gökova 15 Oct 2009 8 Feb 2010 CTF-151
F 492 TCG Gemlik 8 Feb 2010 24 Apr 2010 CTF-151
F 493 TCG Gelibolu 5 Mar 2010 5 Aug 2010 SNMG-2
F 494 TCG Gökçeada 5 Aug 2010 15 Oct 2010 CTF-151
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 15 Oct 2010 1 Dec 2010 CTF-151
F 490 TCG Gaziantep 1 Dec 2010 31 Jan 2011 SNMG-2

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