Photos Of Russian Warship Bora


The Russian Dergach class corvette 615 RFS Bora in Bosphorus.

As reported earlier last week we had an unusual guest. The Russian Dergach class air cushion corvette 615 RFS Bora made her maiden foreign visit to Istanbul during the IDEF 2013 defense exhibition.
I don’t know if the ship has received any visitors, as she was docked almost 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from the exhibition center.

I was able to take the photos of RFS Bora on her very last moments in Istanbul, during her deployment back to Russia. The ship is heavily armed with 8 SS-N-22 Sunburn supersonic missiles, one 76mm gun, two 30mm close in weapon systems and SA-N-4 Gecko SAM missiles. I was not on board so I have no idea about the inside of the ship but judging the size and the armaments and sensors she is carrying I do not think that there is much space left for the crew to live.

With her foils inside the water she can make up to 56 knots. It is not  an easy feature to accelerate a 1000 ton warship to speeds as high as this.

The Russian Warship Bora Will Visit Istanbul In May

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette Samum. Photo: Wikipedia

The Voice Of Russia reported today that a Russian warship will be visiting Istanbul between 7 and 10 May 2013.

The Bora class hoverborne guided missile corvette of the Russian Navy, RFS Bora will be in Istanbul during the IDEF’13, 11th International Defence Industry Fair.

The Bora class corvettes have a very unconventional structure where a large air cushion is placed between a catamaran hull.

This shape provides lift and high speed.

The ship is armed with Moskit anti-ship missiles and short range anti aircraft missiles.

The sensor suit and the armament of this class closely resembles another Russians corvette class Tarantul.

It is the largest military hovercraft unmatched anywhere in the world. With the displacement of 1000 tons, the craft has a cruising speed of 100 kilometers an hour. It is armed with 8 Mosquito missiles which can strike targets on the sea and on land. The hovercraft has 20 anti-aircraft missiles, an artillery complex, a machine-gun and an interference creating device. The hovercraft has an aluminium hull. Though it’s a light craft, its seaworthiness is very high. The hovercraft can be on an autonomous voyage for 10 days. One refueling is enough for 2,500 miles. The complement is 68 men.

I sincerely hope that I may be able to take photos of the strange and interesting vessel.

Turkish Navy Has Started To Hunt Mines With Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles

Turkish Navy has entered the age of autonomous unmanned vehicles (AUV). This transition happened without much fanfare or publicity.

The above photo was published on Turkish General Staff website and shows the deck of the Aydın class minehunter TCG Anamur during the ITALIAN MINEX-18 held in Italy between 21 and 29 May.

The orange and yellow gadgets on the back of the deck are practice mines used during the exercise. The large yellow device partially visible on the left is a French-made PAP-104 underwater unmanned vehicle used for exploration, identification and sometimes for the destruction of mines. That system is remotely controlled and is not fully autonomous. This is the standard ROV of all Turkish minehunters.

The yellow torpedo-like object, in the middle, is of much interest. It is a Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle made by Teledyne Gavia.

According to the information provided by the company, GAVIA (AUV) is a self-contained, low logistics, modular survey platform capable of delivering high-quality data while operating from vessels of opportunity or from the shore.

The system is field proven for applications that include MCM, SAR, and ASW training. The field-changeable and easily transportable modules make it well suited for rapid response to emerging requirements.

At least two 1000m rated systems were delivered in 2016. One is named Uluç Bora and the other Barbaros Dora.

The most striking specialty of this UAV is its modularity. The vehicle can be configured even on the field by adding modules or taking them out according to the mission requirements. The length and the weight of the AUV’s vary according to the modules it has.

Though it is not confirmed I believe each Turkish GAVIA has in addition to the nose, battery and propulsion modules one DVL-aided INS module, one side scan/bathymetry sonar module, one multibeam profiling module.

Among other naval operators of GAVIA AUV are Poland and Russia.

Turkish Coast Guard Rescues 275 People, During Search And Rescue Exercise

Dost class OPV, TCSG Güven acted as the flagship for the Turkish Coast Guard units taking part in the exercise.

Turkish Coast Guard rescued 275 illegal immigrants from the sea on 6 different occasions during the Deniz Aslanı 2018 search and rescue exercise.

According to Turkish Coast Guard, on 14 May 2018 during the search and rescue exercise held in the Aegean Sea, in 6 different incidents total of 275 the illegal immigrants were rescued from hardly seaworthy rubber boats.

Deniz Aslanı is an annual exercise held, in international waters of the Aegean Sea covered by Turkish Search and Rescue Area. Search and Rescue units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and elements of Transportation, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Ministry participated in the exercise.

The aim of the exercise is to improve the coordination and collaboration between the military and civilian search and rescue units and coordination centers.

Doğu Akdeniz 2017 Naval Exercise Started In Eastern Mediterranean

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives in Aksaz, Turkey. Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold

Doğu Akdeniz 2017 naval exercise kicked off yesterday at Turkish Naval Base in Aksaz, Marmaris

The biannual, invitation exercise will take in areas near Aksaz in the Eastern Mediterranean between 7 and 16 November 2017.

Turkey has invited the NATO Standing Maritime Task Force-2 (SNMG-2), the United States and Romanian Naval Forces. They will join the Naval Forces, Air Forces and Coast Guard elements from Turkey.

25 warships and submarines 27 helicopters and airplanes and 3500 personnel from 5 participating countries will take part in the exercise. The exercise is a multinational maritime exercise designed to improve combined combat capabilities, increase operational capacity and strengthen relationships among NATO allies.

This is the list of the participating ships and submarines as far as I could comply:

Number Name Type Nationality Fleet
F-245 TCG Oruçreis Frigate Turkey
F-24X TCG XXX Frigate Turkey
F-24X TCG XXX Frigate Turkey
F-24X TCG XXX Frigate Turkey
F-24X TCG XXX Frigate Turkey
F-511 TCG Heybeliada Corvette Turkey
P-344 TCG Rüzgar Fast attack craft Turkey
P-345 TCG Poyraz Fast attack craft Turkey
P-347 TCG Fırtına Fast attack craft Turkey
P-338 TCG Bora Fast attack craft Turkey
P-33X TCG XXX Fast attack craft Turkey
S-35X TCG XXX Submarine Turkey
S-35X TCG XXX Submarine Turkey
S-35X TCG XXX Submarine Turkey
A-580 TCG Akar Tanker Turkey
A-XXX TCG XXX Tanker Turkey
L-402 TCG Bayraktar LST Turkey
A-XXX TCG XXX Tug Turkey
SG-703 TCSG Yaşam OPV Turkey CG
L-12 HMS Ocean LSH UK SNMG-2
F-244 TCG Barbaros Frigate Turkey SNMG-2
41 BGS Drazki Frigate Bulgaria SNMG-2
265 ROS Admiral Horia Macelariu Corvette Romania
75 USS Donald Cook Destroyer USA

Furthermore following military and civilian search and rescue and emergency responce teams will tke part in the exercise:


  1. Turkish Land Forces Command Natural Disaster Relief teams and ambulance helicopters,
  2. Turkish Air Force Command, search and rescue helicopter and AKİP (Search and Rescue Specialist Staff) team,
  3. Ministry of Interior (Gendarmerie General Command), JAK (Gendarme Search and Rescue) teams,
  4. Transport, Maritime and Communications Ministry, Coastal Security General Directorate, Nene Hatun emergency response ship,
  5. Ministry of Health mobile hospital, command control instrument and UMKE (National Medical Rescue Team) teams,
  6. The Turkish Red Crescent

An important part of the exercise will be the attempts to provide coastal safety during disasters by means of disaster and emergency operations, search and rescue, humanitarian aid and air sanitary evacuation procedures.  The command, control and communications capabilities of the newest amphibious ship of Turkish Navy, TCG Bayraktar will be tested and evaluated in this scenario extensively.


Sea Lion 2016 Search And Rescue Exercise


Large OPV’s like SG-701 TCSG Güven here are vital for search and rescue missions in maritime domain.

Turkish Coast Guard will conduct Sea Lion-2016 Search and Rescue Exercise, between 3rd and 6th May 2016, in international waters of the Aegean Sea covered by Turkish Search and Rescue Area. Search and Rescue units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and elements of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry will participate in the exercise.

The aim of the exercise is to improve the co-ordination and collaboration between the military and civilian search and rescue units and co-ordination centers.

HMS Duncan Ended Her Black Sea Visit


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.

TCG Büyükada In Pakistan


TCG Büyükada arriving in Karachi. Photo: Corporate Ambassador.


On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, F-512 TCG Büyükada arrived in Karachi, Pakistan. The ship is expected to leave the city today, according the to press release made by Turkish Navy.

The Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported that Pakistan Navy and Turkish Navy will hold a bilateral naval exercise commencing on February 19 with an aim to enhance interoperability and operational understanding. Turkish Navy Ship TCG BUYUKADA arrived at Karachi to participate in the exercise, which included an elaborate harbour and sea phase, said a statement on Tuesday. Turkish Naval Attache in Pakistan and senior officials of Pakistan Navy received the ship. The exercise being first of the series is a landmark reflection of historic ties between the two navies. Pakistan Navy and Turkish Navy have been interacting since long in order to improve upon level of coordination, interoperability and training.

After The Conclusion of Mavi Balina, Participants Start Their Port Visits


From left to right: USS Leyte Gulf, TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör, USS Cole, TCG Kemalreis in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.


TCG Kemalreis in foreground and USS Cole in background in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.


USS Leyte Gulf, in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission


HMCS Toronto and one Preveze class submarine of Turkish Navy arriving in Antalya. Photo: Mert Şekersoy. Used with permission.

As the Turkish led anti submarine warfare exercise Mavi Balina 2014 ends participating warships are starting their port visits in order to give their crews a rest.

Today Turkish warships, F-247 TCG Kemalreis, A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör and one Preveze class submarine, Canadian frigate FFH-331 HMCS Toronto and US Navy warships CG-55 USS Leyte Gulf and DDG-67 USS Cole have arrived in Antalya.

In the meantime Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu and submarine TCG Burakreis will start their port visit in Girne while the fast attack craft TCG Bora will visit Gazimağusa.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 35)


The Russian Dergach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Yasemin Dora. Used with permission.

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The Russian Dergach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: İmran Dora. Used with permission.

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The Russian Dergach class warship 616 Samum making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: İmran Dora. Used with permission.

Today one of the two Dergach class warships of Russian Black Sea Fleet, 616 Samum made a southbound passage through the Bosphorus. Tomorrow she will presumable pass through the Dardanelles and move to the Aegean Sea.

Her sister 615 Bora was one of the warships that was in Istanbul during the biannual defence exhibition IDEF last year.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
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 Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
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 Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
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 Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
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 Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
21.09.2014 616 Samum Southbound Russia

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

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