TCSG Dost Started Her Duties In The Black Sea

SG-701 TCSG Dost in Samsun. Photo: Official Turkish General Staff Photo.

The first pair of offshore Patrol vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard have arrived to their home ports and started to their duties.

SG-701 TCSG Dost is located in Samsun and SG-703 TCSG Umut is located in Marmaris.  TCSG Dost started her duties in the Black Sea on 19 May 2013. It is not clear now when TCSG Umut will start her duties but I do not think it will take too long.

Both ships  were commissioned in Turkish Coast Guard on 5 April 2013.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year. Similarly TCSG Umut was launched in 2011 and supposed to enter into service this year. So TCSG Dost is entering two years late and TCSG Umut is entering into service just about time.

These are the first large ships of the Turkish Coast Guard which never used any boat with a large displacement than 200 tons. Their primary task will be search and rescue missions on heavy seas and in bad weather conditions when the smaller boats cannot operate. Secondary missions will be showing the flag, patrolling the seas and prevention of smuggling.

This class of ships have fire fighting equipment and a hangar and a flight deck for helicopter operations.

SG-701 TCSG Dost in Samsun. Photo: Official Turkish General Staff Photo.

UPDATE: I have corrected the names of the ships. I should not be posting when tired.

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DOST CLASS

NUMBER NAME LAUNCHED COMMISIONED
SG-701 DOST
9 June 2010
5 April 2013
SG-702 GÜVEN
17 December 2010
22 November 2013
SG-703 UMUT
31 May 2011
5 April 2013
SG-704 YAŞAM 12 September 2012 13 May 2014

SG701SG702

SG703CDY_0900

Characteristics:
Displacement: 1725 tons full load
Dimensions: 88.4 x 12.2 x 4.6 meters
Speed, Range: 22 knots, 3500 miles at 14 kts.
Crew: 60

Weapons:
Guns: 1 x 40mm; 2 x 12,7mm
Helicopters: 1 x AB-412 EP

Sensors:
Radars: Search radar, fire control radar

Comments:
The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007.  The construction and commissioning of this class took longer than expected.

The design of the these ships are based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri. With the commissioning of these ships Turkish Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher.

These ships are the first Turkish Coast Guard vessels that can support helicopter operations.

TCSG Dost And TCSG Umut To Be Commissioned

SG701 TCSG Dost on builders trials two years ago.

SG701 TCSG Dost on builders trials two years ago.

Two new vessels will join Turkish Coast Guard tomorrow.

The first ship of the new search and rescue ship TCSG Dost and the third ship of the class TCSG Umut are joining the Turkish Coast Guard with a ceremony held at the RMK Shipyard.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year. Similarly TCSG Umut was launched in 2011 and supposed to enter into service this year. So TCSG Dost is entering two years late and TCSG Umut is entering into service just about time.

But what happened to the second ship of the class TCSG Güven which was launched in 2011? When will she commissioned, why is she delayed? 

The Sea Trials Of TCSG Dost Continues

A Turkish Coast Guard AB-412 EP helicopter on board of SG-701 TCSG Dost. Official Turkish Coast Guard photo.

According to the official webpage of Turkish General Staff, the sea trials of the coast guard vessel SG-701 TCSG Dost is continuing. She was launched on 9th July 2010. The Turkish General Staff reported that on 7th February 2012 a Turkish Coast Guard AB-412 EP helicopter performed  take off and landing tests on board of TCSG Dost at day and night

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The second ship SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched in December 2010.

With the commissioning of these ships, Turkish Coast Guard will be able to perform search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher. These ships are the first Turkish Coast Guard vessels, that can support helicopter operations.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

TCSG Dost Continues Her Sea Trials

SG-701 TCSG Dost leaving the dock for a sea trial.

The first ship of the new search and rescue ship class, SG-701 TCSG Dost continues her builder trials. She was launched in June 2010.

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The second ship SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched in December 2010.

With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher. These ships will be the first Turkish Coast Guard vessels can support helicopter operations.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships will have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

>New Photo Of TCSG Dost

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The new patrol ship of Turkish Coast Guard, SG-701 TCSG Dost is being fitted at the pier of the RMK Shipyard, where she was build.

It is reported that she will start her sea trials in a few days may be even before the new year. The second ship of this class, SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched on 17th December 2010.

>TCSG Dost Launched

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The first SAR vessel for the Turkish Coast Guard, TCSG Dost SG-701, was launched today. She is been built by RMK shipyard and will be completed in 2011. The second ship, TCSG Güven SG-702 can be seen in the background.

The four ship programme will supply Turkish Coast Guard with four vessels, which will be the largest vessels to be operated.

Turkish Coast Guard does not have a vessel in service that can operate in sea state 5 and higher. None of the existing vessels can support helicopter operations either.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships will have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

Photos from: virahaber.com

>The keel of TCSG Dost laid down

>With a ceremony, the keel of the first search and rescue ship TCSG Dost was laid down.

As the construction of the ship was already started in May 2008, there was no keel laying in traditional sense but block erecting. Her launching is scheduled for May 2010

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The design of these ships is based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri.

With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher.

The photos are from Virahaber.com

The Long Arm Of Turkish Coast Guard

The approximate site of the interception. It is 750 nautical miles away from the nearest Turkish naval base.

The Turkish Coast Guard made an illegal substance interception 750 nautical miles away from Turkey.

The operation was conducted somewhere 78 nautical miles off Tripoli, Libya and 150 nautical miles off Sfax, Tunisia. This is the most distant operation ever carried by the Turkish Coast Guard.

The Turkish flagged fishing boat M/V Pervin Oğulları was carrying 5000 kg of marijuana. This is the third long-distance drug bust of the Turkish Coast Guard

Acting on a tip-off, Turkish security forces established that suspected drug traffickers aboard M/V Pervin Oğulları sailed away from the Izmir, Turkey in early February to the coasts of Mauritania, Morocco, and Algeria, to acquire large amounts of drugs.

The drugs were intercepted on their way to Turkey before the traffickers were able to distribute them to smaller vessels before smuggling them into Turkey.

Two Dost class offshore patrol vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard, TCSG Umut and TCSG Yaşam took part in the operation and carried two helicopters and 25 law enforcement officers, 15 of them from the Gendarmerie.

The 6 crew of the fishing boat has been arrested along with 7 others in Turkey. The fishing boat was brought to Izmir, Turkey where it has started it’s ill-fated voyage.

Here is a 20-minute long video of about the operation including the footage of the actual boarding conducted at 04.00 am on 15 April 2019.

The commissioning of Dost class vessels has really increased the operational range of Turkish Coast Guard and it is nice to see that these vessels are deployed properly for long distance operations freeing up warships.

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.

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