Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 4)

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Bulgarian Border Guard ship Obzor heading to the south. Most probably she is going to take part in Frontex operations somewhere in Aegean or in Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Minsk heading to Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Azov heading to Mediterranean. It might be hard to believe judging from the light and weather but both ships passed on the same day. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 3)

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Ropucha class landing ship Minsk going back to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Minsk passing through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Bulgarian contribution to NATO Standing Maritime mine Group-2 mine hunter BGS Shkval. She is heading to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Yauza passing through Istanbul trough a snow storm. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Yauza on her way to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

 

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

TCG Edremit Joins NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2

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M-262 TCG Enez, sister ship to TCG Edremit. Photo: Devrim Yaylalı

The Engin class mine hunter, M-261 TCG Edremit has joined NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2. She will remain deployed till 24 April 2016. and will spend 72 days on sailing.

SNMCMG-2, under the Command of Turkish Navy, made a port visit to Izmir between 15 and 17 January 2015. The other port visits planed for SNMCMG-2 will be in Çanakkale, Erdek, İstanbul, Burgas, Batumi, Patras, Koper, Bar, Split, Venice, Bari and Toronto.

Between 20 and 27 February 2016, SNMCMG-2 will take part in Poseidon Naval Exercise organised by Bulgarian Navy. The task force will also take part in Exercise Ariadne, organised by Greek Navy between 4 and 13 March 2015.

This is the current composition of SNMCMG-2:

Number
Name
Nation
Type
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Turkey Flagship
M-261 TCG Edremit Turkey Mine hunter
M-33 SPS Tambre Spain Mine hunter
62 BGS Shkval Bulgaria Mine sweeper

Greek Coast Guard Boat Run Aground In Turkish Territorial Waters

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LS-604 of Hellenic Coast Guard, in one of her better days. Photo: Devrim Yaylalı

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A few meters more that the LS-604 would not be aground but on the ground. Photo: denizhaber.com

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LS-604 finally free again. Photo: denizhaber.com

The Motomarine Pathner 57 MkII class patrol boat LS-604 of Greek Coast Guard ran aground inside Turkish territorial waters on 14 January 2015. The boat was in hot pursuit of the fast motor boat Rüzgar009 which was suspected of smuggling. The incident happened at 00.21 according to Turkish Coast Guard.

The grounding happened near Tuz Burnu north of Didim. Turkish Coast Guard dispatched one plane and several smaller boats to side at night. In the next morning one Dost class OPV and 3 smaller boats from Turkish Coast Guard were deployed to the incident side. The shallowness of the water made the re floating of LS-604 a bit tricky. The boat was however refloated on 15 January 2016 at 11.45.

The hull of the boat did not suffered any damages but her main machinery was not working. LS-604 was towed by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel to the outside of Turkish territorial water where the Greek Coast Gaurd vessel LS-020 resumed the towing.

Below is an official video ofrom Turkish Coast Guard. The first 3 minutes were taken by the coast guard plane at night.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 2)

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The flagship of Black Sea Fleet, Mosvka, returning to her home base.

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The cruiser Moskva was escorted bt Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-88

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The Slava class cruiser Mosvka, on her northbound passage. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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The Ropucha class large landing ship Novocharkassk, on her southbound transit through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The Ropucha class large landing ship Yamal, on her southbound transit through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50, on her northbound passage. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

After a short lull at the Syrian Express deployments have resumed with the tandem south bound passage of Ropucha class landing ships Novocharkassk and Yamal. These two ships passed by the home bound cruiser Mosvka at the southern entrance of Istanbul Strait. Mosvka was stationed off the coast of Syria to provide sea-borne air defence for Russian forces. She was replaced by her Pacific Fleet sister Varyag last week.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Turkish Navy Order Of Battle

It has been a while since I have last updated the order of battle for Turkish Navy. Here is the current one:

Active Building Planned
Submarines (Note-1) 13 1 5
Frigates (Note-2) 16 8
Corvettes 8 2
Fast Attack Craft – Missile (Note-3) 21 4
Patrol Craft (Note-4) 34
Mine hunters/Mine sweepers (Note-5) 15 6
LPD (Note-6)  1 1
LST 4 2
LCT/LCU/LCM/LCAC (Note-7) 33  8
Fleet Support Tankers (Note-8) 2 2 1
Tankers / Replenishment Ships 4
Training Ships (Note-9) 10 2
Salvage Ships 2 3
Helicopters (Note-10) 33 6
Planes 8 6

A detailed version of the above list:

Active Building Planned
209 Type 1400 submarines 8
209 Type 1200 submarines 5
214 Type 1800 submarines 1 5
MEKO 200 class frigates 8
Gabya (Perry) class frigates 8
TF-2000 class frigates 4
İstif class frigates 4
Milgem class corvettes 2 2
Burak (Type A 69) class corvettes 6
Kılıç class fast attack craft 9
Yıldız class fast attack craft 2
Doğan class fast attack craft 8
Kartal class fast attack craft 2
Turkish type fast attack craft 4
Tuzla class patrol craft 16
Patrol craft 18
Aydın class minehunters 6
Edincik (Circé) class minehunters 5
Mine hunters/sweepers 4 6
LPD  1 1
LST 4 2
LCT/LCU/LCM/LCAC 33  8
Support tankers 6 2 1
Training ships 10 2
Salvage ships 2 3
AB-212 ASW helicopters 9
S-70B ASW helicopters 24
ATR-72 ASW planes 2 6
CN-235 ASW planes 6

Note 1: The construction of the first Type 214 class submarine TCG Pirireis has started on 10th October 2015.
Note 2: The second batch of 4 Ada class corvettes has been enlarged to the new İstif class frigates.
Note 3: Procurement of 4 (plus 6 optional) fast attack of local design armed with missiles is planned.
Note 4: Turkish Navy decommissioned a number of older patrol boats as new boats are commissioned. Thus the real number may less than 34.
Note 5: The procurement of 6 new mine sweepers is planned.
Note 6: The construction of the first LPD TCG Anadolu will start in Autumn 2016.
Note 7: 6 LCM and 2 LCAC may be procured with the LPD but the acquisition of these smaller vessels is not definite yet.
Note 8:Two oil tankers are constructed by a private shipyard. Additionally procurement of one fleet replenishment ship is planed.
Note 9: It is planned to acquire two sailing training ships.
Note 10: The AB-212 helicopter are most used for utility duties. 6 additional Seahawk have been ordered.

For more information about the future shipbuilding project for Turkish Navy and Turkish Coast Guard, here is an interesting read.

 

More Information About Operation Albatros

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TCSG Umut towing M/V Joudi. Photo: Turkish Coast Guard

The ships, taking part in Operation Albatos, the seizure of the Bolivian flagged cargo ship M/V Joudi have returned to Aksaz Naval Base.

More details about the Operation Albatros has emerged.The 13600 kilogram marijuana with a street value of 250 million USD was loaded to the ship in Tartus in Syria. All ports in Syria are controlled by the Mr Assad’s regime.

On 2 January 2015 the ship was spotted by a Turkish Coast Guard plane and was tracked. In the mean time the off shore patrol vessels TCSG Yaşam and TCSG Umut left their ports and proceeded to intercept the ship. During the transit of these cutters Turkey contacted Bolivia the flag state of the ship according to United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic In Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Subtances, article 17. After Bolivia has granted Turkey the right for the seizure.

On 5 January 2015 Turkish cutters closed on the target and demanded the cargo ship to stop allowed to be boarded. When M/V Joudi did not cooperated she found herself at the receiving end of the cutters powerful water cannon. But this was not enough to stop the ship. The vessel boarding search and seizure team had to fast rope to the ship.

After the ship was totally under control, narcotic detection dogs were brought on board. The stash was found inside one of the containers in the cargo bay.

This video shows the breefing on board of TCSG Yaşam today by the Commander of Turkish Coast Guard Rear Admiral Hakan Üstem:

This video is a complation of videos taken by the coast guard crew taken part in the operation:

 

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 1)

A new year starts with a new list. But this year there will be a few small changes to the routine.

  1. The list will be permanently displayed on the “Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016” page. I am not going to repeat the list of warships on my blog posts.
  2. The updates on the blog posts will only display the photos of the passing ships.
  3. I intend to update on the list and, post the photos on every Sunday.

 

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Minsk going to Syria.

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Russian landing ship Minsk, is the first foreign warship, spotted on Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Turkish Coast Guard Intercepts Cargo Ship With Drugs On Board

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Operation Albatros. The red line is the track of TCSG Umut. The blue line shows the route of TCSG Yaşam. The green line is the track of M/V Joudi.

On 5 January 2015, Turkish Coast Guard intercepted a Bolivian flagged vessel in international waters off Tobruk, Libya. The vessel was varying 13 tons of cannabis.

The seizure took place in international waters 55 nautical miles from Tobruk and 140 nautical miles from Create.

The target M/V Joudi was intercepted by two Turkish Coast Guard OPV’s TCSG Yaşam and TCSG Umut. TCSG Yaşam departed from Mersin and TCSG Umut departed from Marmaris. A maritime patrol plane from Turkish Coast Guard shadowed M/V Jourdi. The vessel boarding search and seizure team was supported by two narcotic detection dogs.

When M/V Jourdi departed from Syria, international drug traffic enforcement authorities were tipped of about the 13 tons of narcotics on board. Turkish Coast Guard started to track the ship on 3 January 2015.

In the mean time Turkey contacted the flag nation of the vessel, Bolivia and received a permission for the seizure operation.

Currently the captured vessels is under the command of Turkish Coast Guard and is heading to Turkey. although her exact destination is not known at the moment it is safe to assume that she is heading to Aksaz Naval Base in Marmaris; the nearest Turkish naval base.

According to Turkish jurisdiction Turkish Coast Guard is the maritime law enforcement agency and has the right to detain suspects.  So they are correct force to conduct such operation but just a couple of years ago such a bust by Turkish Coast Guard was not possible since then they did not have any vessel with that range. The commissioning Dost class off shore patrol vessels dramatically increased operational area of our coast guard.

New Boats For Qatari Naval Forces

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A new batch boats are being built for Qatar.

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A close-up view of Q21

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Another view of the new boat. 

Yonca Onuk Shipyard is constructing a new batch of fast intervention boats for Qatari Naval Forces.

The boat I have seen Q-21 resembles very much to the other MRTP-16 type of boats built by the same shipyard 3 years ago.

During the Dimdex 2012 maritime defence exhibition in Qatar, it was announced that the Turkish shipyard Yonca Onuk has signed a contract to construct  3 MRTP 16 class interceptors and 3 MRTP 34 class fast patrol boats for the Qatar Naval Forces. These boats were delivered since then.

The boat Q-21 must the one of the new batch but I have no information how many boats will be built in this batch.

 

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