Deniz Yıldızı 2016 Naval Exercise Started In Black Sea
28 Mar 2016 Leave a comment
The annual naval exercise Deniz Yıldızı (Sea Star) has started in Black Sea today. The exercise will end on 5th April 2016.
The scope of the exercise shows that Turkish Navy intends to show a strong presence in the Black Sea. According to Turkish Navy website There will be live firings against high-speed airborne and seaborne targets. For me the most noteworthy aspect of this exercise will be the simultaneous port visits of Turkish naval units in Varna, Constanta, Odessa and Batumi. 4 out of 5 Black Sea nations will be visited on the next week-end on 3rd and 4th April 2016 by various Turkish warships. This is an impressive way of showing the flag, an important message.
The following ships along with two submarines were observed making a northbound passage through Bosphorus in the last couple days:
|M-262||TCG Enez||Mine hunter|
|M-267||TCG Ayvalık||Mine hunter|
|M-268||TCG Akçakoca||Mine hunter|
|L-401||TCG Ertuğrul||Landing ship|
|NL-124||TCG Karamürselbey||Landing ship|