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A Busy Day At The Bosphorus

Saturday, 7th April 2012 was a busy day at Bosphorus. First the Rhein class tender A-579 TCG Cezayirli Hasan Paşa and two mine hunters plus one veteran mine sweeper made northbound passage through the Strait for their deployment to the Deniz Yıldızı 2012 naval exercise.

A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa, passing through Bosphorus on her deployment to the naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı 2012.

M-269 TCG Anamur, passing through Bosphorus on her deployment to the naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı 2012.

M-260 TCG Edincik, passing through Bosphorus on her deployment to the naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı 2012.

M-501 TCG Fenike, passing through Bosphorus on her deployment to the naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı 2012.

M-269 TCG Anamur was build in Turkey. She is one of the 6 Aydın class minehunters. Their design is based on German Type 332 class. M-260 TCG Edincik is one of the 5 Circé class mine hunters bought from France in 1997, when the two countries had a rare period of harmony. M-501 TCG Fenike was build in 1967 in USA to be transferred to Turkish Navy under Military Assistance. She is old and smoking not as heavy as the Russian destroyer Smetlivy, but smoking never the less.

Following these warships, F-511 TCG Heybeliada made her deployment. I will post these photos separately.

Shortly, after the previously mentioned warships, a giant ship made her southbound passage through Bosphorus. The drillship Deepwater Champion was since March 2011 in Black Sea searching for hydrocarbons in Turkish territorial waters and in EEZ. Her deployment in the Black Sea was financed by ExxonMobil and Turkish Petroleum Company, TPAO.

Transocean / MSC Gusto P10000 Drillship, Deepwater Champion, returning from the Black Sea, where she spend 12 months.

SG-303 escorting, Deepwater Champion.

Several Turkish Coast Guard vessels and tugs of the Directorate General of Coastal Safety escorted the passage of Deepwater Champion as she is a high value assets and her length makes her passage through the Strait extremely difficult.

Turkish Naval Special Forces' infiltration boat making a dash through Bosphorus.

The last naval vessel I have seen that day was one of the two MRTP 22 class infiltration boats of Turkish Naval Special  Forces Command.  Delivered in 2008 these boats have a maximum speed of 54 knots and carry one stabilized machine gun platform in forecastle and 2 non-stabilized machine guns plus 2 automated grenade launcher in the aft.

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