Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 10)

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Tsezar Konikov, returning from her Syrian deployment. Her southbound passage through Bosphorus was 8,5 days ago. With this deployment she may win the Blue Riband. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Auxiliary cargo ship, Vologda-50 going to Syria

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Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sagaidachny returning to the Black Sea. Note the two containers on her flight deck. According to Ukraine, they are part of a mobile military hospital. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

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Ukrainian warship Balta returning to her home after conducting training with Turkish Navy. Photo: Alper Böler.

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A very rare visit of Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sagaidachny outside of the Black Sea

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A very rare appearance of Ukrainian warship Balta

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PM-56 heading home after 6 month of deployment in Syria.

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Kashin class destroyer, Smetlivy with her new pennant number heading to the Mediterranean.

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Smetlivy with her new pennant number heading to the Mediterranean.

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Ropucha class landing ship Minsk, making a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Rescue tug of Russian Black Sea Fleet, Professor Nikolay Muru making a southbound passage through Istanbul. She will be deployed in Eastern Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Novocharkassk returninig from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Returning from her Syrian deployment, Yauza passes through Istanbul in the middle of the night. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 heading to Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alligator class landing ship Saratov passing through Istanbul on a party foggy day. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Amur-I class repair ship PM-138 heading to Syria. She and her sister PM-56 rotate in every 6 months their deployment to Tartus, Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Tsezar Kunikov heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

This is a double issue. The last two weeks was interesting for a ship spotter.

First we have witnessed the semi yearly rotation of Amur class floating workships PM-138 and PM-56. One of them is stationed in Syria for 6 months. PM-138 made her southbound deployment and the relived PM-56 made her northbound passage a couple of days later.

Second we have seen the newly renumbered Kashin class destroyer Smetlivy passing through Istanbul.  Her old pennant number 810 was replaced as 870.

The most noteworthy sighting was without any doubt the passages of two Ukrainian warships. On 7th March 2015 frigate Hetman Sagaidachny and degaussing ship Balta made their southbound passage through Istanbul. This was the first passage of Ukrainian warships since the annexation of Crimea. The ships sailed to the Gölcük Naval Base, the main base of Turkish Navy. There some training activities were conducted. Both ships arrived in Istanbul on 10th March for a half day port visit. During this time Ukrainian President visited the ships.
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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