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TCSG-312 with a new STAMP

Turkish Coast Guard craft TCSG-312 seems to have a brand new STAMP installed.

STAMP is a remote-controlled Stabilized Machine Gun Platform developed by Turkish defense contractor ASELSAN.

This fast response boat locally know as MRTP-33 class, was designed and build by Turkish Yonca-Onuk shipyard. Although there are 13 similar boats in service. Previously only one of them TCSG-307 had a STAMP installed.

When commissioned in October 2008, TCSG-312 was armed with a 20 mm manually aimed automatic gun like the rest of her class. Today’s photo show that she has received a STAMP with (probably) a 12,7mm machine gun installed. The MRTP class boats can make 75 knots on calm seas and up to 60 knots on 3 sea force. It is impossible for anybody to stand on board  leave alone operating a gun. The STAMP was developed out of this neeed.

STAMP on Georgian patrol boat Sokhumi

Though made by a Turkish company the introduction of STAMP and STOP (Stabilised Gun Platform) into armed forces has been initially slow.
STAMP was exported to Georgia on board of a MRTP-33.

Two STAMP’s are installed on board of Milgem Class  F-511 TCG Heybeliada and following ships as close-in weapon system.

Two STAMPS are installed on P-1200 class New Type Patrol Boats against asymmetrical threats.

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HMS Duncan Ended Her Black Sea Visit

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HMS Duncan heads to the Mediterranean Sea. TCSG-312 passes by.

Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan made an official visit to Romania between 8 and 11 November 2015.

HMS Duncan entered the Black Sea on 7 November and exited on 15 November.

The visit of HMS Duncan to Constanta, Romania was not just a cordial visit. The Embassy of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and Northern Ireland in collaboration with the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organization organized 9 November on Board of HMS Duncan an exhibition promoting British defence industry technologies.

During the event UK Ambassador Paul Brummell thanked the 13 UK companies participating the event and emphasised that UK companies can provide technology and products that may help Romania to fulfil its ambitious plan to modernise its navy.

Romanian Navy currently operates two Royal Navy Type 22 frigates ROS Regina Maria (ex London) and ROS Regele Ferdinand (ex Coventry). These ships were overhauled in UK before their delivery to Romania in 2003 -2004 period. But further upgrade is needed. Armed with only guns and torpedoes these ships lack long-range offensive weapons and adequate air defence systems.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 3)

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. She was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel SG-312.

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Turkish Coat Guard vessel SG-312 escorting USS Donald Cook.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

 

Today US Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook passed through the Bosphorus and ended her 21 days in the Black Sea.

This year the list will be in reverse order: The older sightings will be at the bottom of the list. I think this will make reading the list easier.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
14.1.2015 75 USS Donald Cook Southbound USA
13.1.2015 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Northbound Russia
11.1.2015 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 13)

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Italian survey and intelligence gathering ship A-5340 ITS Elettra passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Italian survey and intelligence gathering ship A-5340 ITS Elettra passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Some of the most sensitive sensors are located in the covered area atop of the pilot house. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-312 escorted the Italian ship during her passage. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission

The Italian survey and intelligence gathering ship A-5340 ITS Elettra passed through the Bosporus today. She has replaced the French spy ship A-579 Dupuy de Lôme. ITS Elettra can stay in the Black Sea till 5 July 2014.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russian
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russian
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russian
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russian
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russian
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russian
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russian
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russian
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russian
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russian
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russian
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russian
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russian
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russian
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russian
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russian
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russian
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russian
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russian
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russian
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russian
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russian
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russian
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russian
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russian
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russian
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russian
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russian
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russian
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russian
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russian
12.06.2014 102 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italian

I have archived the list of the Russian ship movements in 2013.

Happy Anniversary For Turkish Republic

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The Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-312, silhouetted by the massive fireworks display on Bosphorus to night, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Turkish Republic.

Victory Day 2013 (Part 2)

TCG Gediz with her new Smart Mk2 3D radar

TCG Gediz with her new Smart Mk2 3D radar

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This year F-243 TCG Yıldırım, F-244 TCG Barbaros and F-495 TCG Gediz were in Istanbul to commemorate the 91th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, the final battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.

All the ships were open to the public and for me the highlight was the CIC of the TCG Gediz.

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Turkish Coast Guard vessels TCSG-5 and TCSG-312 also took part in the celebrations.

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I was also able to take the photo of another coast guard vessel. The pedestal at the end of the cabin is similar to the pedestal on P-141 TCG Yunus-1 and P-142 TCG Yunus-2 in Turkish Navy service. This pedestal is a clear indicator the Turkish Coast Guard will install remote-controlled machine gun platform STAMP on these vessels.

UPDATED: Russian Warship Movements Through Turkish Straits (Part 5)

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus.

A few minutes ago, the Russian landing Ship Azov finished her south bound passage through the Bosphorus and entered into the Marmara Sea. Tomorrow she will pass through the Dardanelles and enter into the Aegean Sea.

The photo above shows her though a touristic web cam. I am sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The photos below are taken by Gökalp Kunt and used with permission:

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Turkish Coast Guard Vessel TCSG-312 is escorting her. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

Russian landing Ship Azov passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Gökalp Kunt.

According to the excellent Black Sea News website Azov is not going to Syria for a change. Instead she is heading to Italy.

In the course of military service, the Russian sailors to be done and honorable mission – to take part in celebrations to mark the opening of the Russian Admiral Ushakov bust in the Italian port of Messina. To this end, on board the ship is Honor Guard Marine Corps and a military band. According to the plan, an unofficial visit to Italy will be held from 23 to 25 April 2013.

So this is the latest tally of Russian warship movements

Date Number Name Direction
27/12/12 151 Azov Southbound
27/12/12 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Southbound
01/01/13 142 Novocharkassk Southbound
09/01/13 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Northbound
09/01/13 151 Azov Northbound
12/01/13 142 Novocharkassk Northbound
14/01/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
14/01/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
16/01/13 151 Azov Southbound
04/02/13 151 Azov Northbound
04/02/13 150 Saratov Northbound
04/02/13 810 Smetlivy Northbound
04/02/13 Ivan Bubnov Northbound
05/02/13 110 Moskva Northbound
07/02/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
07/02/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
08/02/13 Kildin Northbound
20/02/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
20/02/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound
25/03/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
25/03/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
11/04/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
11/04/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound
14/04/13 151 Azov Southbound

KAAN 33 CLASS

NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER
SG-301 SG-302 SG-303
SG-304 SG-305 SG-306
SG-307 SG-308 SG-309
SG-310 SG-311 SG-312
SG-313

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Characteristics:
Displacement: 125 tons full load
Dimensions: 35.60 x 6.7 x1.40 metres
Speed, Range: 45 knots, 600 nm at 20 knots
Crew: 20

Weapons:
Guns: 1 x 20mm; 2 x 12.7mm MG.

Sensors:
Radars: Navigation

Comments:
Enlarged version of Kaan 29 class, designed by the same shipyard.  The deliveries have started in 2004 and ended in May 20011. Further 7 will be delivered.

Remote-controlled stabilized machine gun platform STAMP, developed by Turkish defense contractor  Aselsan is installed on TCSG-307, TCSG-308 and TCSG-312

A Dream Day For A Ship Spotter

Although Istanbul is on a very busy maritime city, we seldom witness so many naval action in one day and see so many different warships from different countries at the same time.

There were three frigates of NATO’s SNMG-2, five coast guard vessels from five Black Sea nations, one Japanese coast guard training ship plus various Turkish naval and coast guard vessels. It was a wonderful day to enjoy the breeze at the Bosphorus and to be a ship spotter.

SNMG-2 Ships:

F-217 FGS Bayern and F-712 FS Courbet

F-495 TCG Gediz

The coast guard vessels were in Istanbul to participate the one day naval exercise Black Sea Hawk 2012. This exercise is conducted for the first time this year and it aims to improve cooperation and interoperability between among the Black Sea Littoral States Border/Coast Guard Authorities.

Turkish built, Georgian Coast Guard Vessel P-24 Sokhumi. She is dwarfed by the cruise ship Celebrity Equinox

Bulgarian coast guard vessel 525 Sozopol.

Ukrainian coast guard vessel BG-57 Mikoliav

Russian coast guard vessel 050 Rubin.

Romanian coast guard vessel MAI-1105 Stefan Cel Mare, behind Japanese coast guard ship PL-21 JCG Kojima and inside of Bulgarian vessel 525 Sozopol.

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-303

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-106

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-312

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-90

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-93

The Japanese coast guard authorized in 1990 the building of a new training ship. That ship is now in Istanbul PL-21 JCG Kojima is the training ship of the Japanese Coast Guard is in on her annual global training cruise.

PL-21 JCG Kojima

The naval activity during the day was not limited to the visits of SNMG-2 and JCG Kojima and the Black Sea Hawk 2012 exercise. Here are some photos from the ordinary daily naval activity in Bosphorus:

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-19

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-12 at full speed transit.

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-5

Turkish naval tanker A-572 TCG Yüzbaşı İhsan Tulunay

Turkish fast attack craft P-332 TCG Mızrak at dusk.

Turkish Navy Naval Parade In Dardanelles

Just like the last year, on 18 March 2012, Turkish Navy organized a naval parade in Dardanelles, to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the victory against the Allied Fleet in 18 March 1915.

Last year it was a 25 hours round trip to Çanakkale for me, but this year it was a family event for the whole weekend.

Following ships took part in the parade:

F-240 TCG Yavuz. She did not take part in the parade but was open for public visiting.

F-243 TCG Yıldırım

F-244 TCG Barbaros

F-245 TCG Oruçreis

F-246 TCG Salihreis

M-270 TCG Akçay

P-330 TCG Kılıç

P-332 TCG Mızrak

P-336 TCG Zıpkın

P-338 TCG Bora

SG-4 TCSG-4

SG-85 TCSG-85

SG-91 TCSG-91

SG-303 TCSG-303

SG-308 TCSG-308

SG-312 TCSG-312

SG-508 TCSG-508

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