Turkish Navy Task Force Departed For Indian Ocean
1 Jun 2011 3 Comments
On 30 May the Turkish Naval Task Force left Aksaz Naval Base in Marmaris for a 70 day deployment in the Indian Ocean.
The task force is composed of F-244 TCG Barbaros as flagship, F-492 TCG Gemlik, F-493 TCG Gelibolu and A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. Another Turkish frigate F-491 TCG Giresun is already in the region as part of NATO’s SNMG-2 Task Group but she will not take part in the national task force.
During their deployment the task force will provide security for 8 convoys in the IRTC and patrol some troubled waters. Furthermore the task force will visit 8 cities in 8 countries. The task force will conduct low-key naval exercises such as PASSEX with their host navies.
The commander of the task force is Rear Admiral Sinan Ertuğrul. He is not a stranger to the region. He was at the helm of the CTF-151 for 3 months in 2010. This will be his second task force command in the same region.
In 2010 Turkish Navy announced that it has created a temporary task force with the aim of promoting peace and international security through maritime security, creating situational awareness, showing the flag and maintaining maritime presence in areas of interest, executing exercises and training with countries in the region, performing port visit to improve bilateral relations. Last years task force sailed through the Mediterranean.
You can read my posts on the previous Turkish Navy Task Force here.
The schedule for this years seems to be a busy one:
|06/06/11||Convoy Protection (Eastward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates|
|08/06/11||Convoy Protection (Westward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates|
|08/06/11||Patrol (7 Days)||Golf of Aden||1 Frigate 1 Tanker|
|10/06/11||Convoy Protection (Eastward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates|
|12/06/11||Convoy Protection (Westward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates|
|14/06/11||Convoy Protection (Eastward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates|
|22/06/11||Replenishment||Abu Dhabi||1 Frigate 1 Tanker|
|15/07/11||Convoy Protection (Westward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates 1 Tanker|
|17/07/11||Convoy Protection (Eastward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates 1 Tanker|
|19/07/11||Convoy Protection (Westward)||Golf of Aden||2 Frigates 1 Tanker|
|21/07/11||Patrol (4 Days)||Al Hudeyde||1 Frigate|
|21/07/11||Patrol (5 Days)||Aqaba||1 Frigate|
|26/07/11||Port visit||Al Hudeyde||1 Frigate|
|26/07/11||Port visit||Jeddah||1 Frigate 1 Tanker|
|29/07/11||Port visit||Aqaba||1 Frigate|
|02/08/11||Operation Active Endevour||Mediterrean||All|