Turkish Naval Deployments
10 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
We are witnessing an increased activity by Turkish Navy in the last few weeks.
Here is a short list of the deployed frigates, the mainstay of Turkish Navy:
F-490 TCG Gaziantep is participating to Joint Warrior 14-1 naval exercise in Scotland. Later she will visit Norway, Poland and Finland.
F-493 TCG Gelibolu is cruising in Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. She took part in Dimdex exhibition in Qatar. Then she has visited Kuwait and Oman. Now she is in Pakistan.
F-494 TCG Gökçeada is with the SNMG-2 in Indian Ocean and is taking part in Operation Ocean Shield.
F-495 TCG Gediz and F-245 TCG Oruçreis are circumnavigating Africa with the corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada and tanker A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör. The task force will arrive in Abidjan, Ivory Coast at this week-end.
7 unnamed frigates are taking part in naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı 2014 in Black Sea.
If you do the math you will see that 12 of the 16 frigates in Turkish Navy inventory are now deployed. In other words %75 of our frigates are underway. We may be not sustain this high percentage of deployment for a prolonged time periods but it is good to see that our ships are there where they are needed: On the seas.