Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 18)

This is a double issue as I was not able to update last week.

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An empty Dvinitsa-50 heading back to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Tsezar Kunikov, making a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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Ropucha class landing ship Minsk, returns from Mediterranean. Alexander Otrakovski can be seen in the background. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alexander Otrakovski returning from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler. Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Yıldırım is in the background.

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French warship Jean Bart, making a northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

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Second Natya class mine sweeper deployed to the Mediterranean, Valentin Pikul, passes through Istanbul, escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessels. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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TCG Pirireis in Istanbul during a naval parade. This photo was taken between 1998 and 2003. She was decommissioned in 2004 and serves as a museum today.

19th May 1919, is regarded as the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence. We thank those who gave their lives to free our homeland from occupation.

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HMS Illustrious in Istanbul. 16 May 2008

HMS Illustrious in Istanbul on 16 May 2008. Note the near loss of one Merlin HM Mk2 as the brakes malfunctioned. She was the host of Queen Elisabeth’s reception. HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in 2014 and currently is for sale.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 17)

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Russian buoy tender KIL-158 passing through Istanbul on her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 passing through Istanbul on her way to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Krivak class frigate Ladny passing through Istanbul on her southbound journey.

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An empty Tsezar Kunikov returns from Syria.

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A heavy loaded Saratov makes her southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alexander Otrakovski returning from a Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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HMCS Gatineau in Istanbul on 29th October 1992. She was Canada’s contribution to NATO’s STANAVFORLANT. She was decommissioned in 1998 and scrapped in 2009.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 16)

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Tsezar Kunikov making a southbound passage. During the absence of Azov and Yamal, she was the most prolific one.

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Minsk returning empty from another Syrian deployment.

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Alexander Otrakovski sailing through Istanbul Strait on her way to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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An empty Saratov, riding high on the water makes a northbound passage through Istanbul.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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USS Thorn in Istanbul, in an undated photo. It must be late 1990’s. She was decommissioned in 2004 and sunk as target in 2006.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 15)

This is a double issue as I was not able to update last week.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a northbound passage. She is empty. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a northbound passage. She is empty. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Canadian frigate HMCS Frederection leaves the Black Sea. She spend all her 21 days allocated by Montreux Convention in the region. Photo: Alper Böler.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria returning to the Blakc Sea just after 3 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria returning to the Black Sea just after 3 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov returning empty from her Syrian deployment. Turkish coast guard and maritimie xsection of Istanbul Police Department is escortnig her as they do to all Russian ships recently.

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov returning empty from her Syrian deployment. Turkish Coast Guard and maritime section of Istanbul Police Department is escorting her, as they do to all Russian ships recently.

Fully loaded, Russian landing ship Minsk mainking a southbound passage through Istanbul Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Fully loaded, Russian landing ship Minsk making a southbound passage through Istanbul Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanain frigate Regine Maria making a rare southbound passage through Istanbul. The reason of her deployment is not know.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria making a rare southbound passage through Istanbul. The reason of her deployment is not know.

Russian landing ship Saratov, loaded with trucks is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian landing ship Saratov, loaded with trucks is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian corvette Zeleny Dol returned to the Black Sea. She was deployed to Syria on 14 February 2016. She was relived by her sister Serpukhov. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

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HMS Cardiff during her visit to Istanbul on 23rd November 1998. Note the added Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS systems installed after The Falkland War. Ironically her final destination was a scrapyard in Turkey in 2005.

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The Spanish aircraft carrier ESPS Prince of Asturias in her glory days. This photo is taken during her visit to Istanbul on 11th November 1992. She was decommissioned in 2003.

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