HSV-2 Swift Passed Through The Turkish Straits

The Russian Kashin class destroyer Smetlivy was not the only interesting warship passing through the Turkish Straits these days.

The HSV-2 Swift made a quick dash to Constanta, Romania over the weekend and she is now in the vicinity of Bari, Italy.

According to Wikipedia, High Speed Vessel, HSV-2 Swift is a non-commissioned, hybrid catamaran originally leased by the United States Navy as a mine countermeasures and sea basing test platform. She is now privately owned and operated by Sealift Inc. and chartered to the United States Navy Military Sealift Command.

The website  logged the passing of HSV-2 Swift through Bosphorus and her short stay in Constanta.

Vessel’s Name
Arrival Time (LT)
Departure Time (LT)
ISTANBUL HSV 2 SWIFT 2012-04-01 06:33 2012-04-01 07:46
CONSTANTA HSV 2 SWIFT 2012-03-31 18:45 2012-03-30 08:53
ISTANBUL HSV 2 SWIFT 2012-03-27 14:21 2012-03-27 15:37

I was not able to take photo of her as she was passing through my hometown. I would welcome any additional information about the mission of Swift in Romania and her current deployment.


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