Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 36)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Ropucha class landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets, sailed through Istanbul for her 10th Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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PNS Alamgir, made her first Black Sea deployment in 2015. The ship will make a port call in Novorossiysk after taking part in Turkish led ASW exercise, Mavi Balina 2016.

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Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Shablin made her southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 35)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Krivak class frigate Pvitlivy returned from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Georgiy Pobedonosets returned from her Syrian deployment in a tandem passage with her sister Korolev. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian tank landing ship Korolev returned to Syrian Express deployments. She appears freshly painted. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov on another Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Bulgarian mine hunter Priboy passing southbound through Bosphorus. She will take part in the Nusret 2016 mine exercise just like the Romanian warship. Photo: Yörük Işık

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Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente makes her second southbound deployment this year. She will take part in Nusret 2016 mine warfare exercise. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Kyzyl-60 loaded, heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Landing ship Alexander Shablin passing through Istanbul in the middle of the night. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The tug MB-31 returned alone to the Black Sea. 4 days ago she passed though Istanbul southbound towing the floating crane SPK-46150. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian auxiliary cargo ship Divinitsa-50 southbound through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 34)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50, returns to the Black Sea.

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Tug Proffesor Nikolai Muru escorted Vologda-50.

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Nanuchka class corvette Mirazh making a northbound passage through Istanbul under her own power.

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Sorum class tug, MB-31 tows, floating crane SPK-46150.

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Romanian corvette Contraamiral Horia Macellari makes a rare out of area deployment and sails to the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Ropucha class landing ship Tsezar Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment.

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Alexander Shabalin on another Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

The Death Of A Tanker

37 years ago to this day, in the very early hours, İstanbul was shaken by a large explosion. There was a huge firewall on the water and windows of many nearby houses were broken.

The Romanian tanker MT Independenta was waiting for the pilot, when the Greek cargo ship MV Evriali collided, at the southern entrance  of Bosphorus.

MT Independenta suffered 3 large explosions. Only 3 of her 43 strong crew survived the accident. The ship burned for days and created a huge environmental disaster.

My grandfather was lucky, to go on board and take some interesting yet grotesque and grim photos.   Some of them are below, to testify the intensity of the heat and days of burning.

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 33)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 13 days:

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Tanker Iman heading to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov passes TCG Gökova, on her way to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The frigate Admiral Grigrovich on her way to reinforce Admiral Kuznetsov task force

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Ropcuha Georgy Pobedonosets yet on another northbound passage through Istanbul. She might be replaced by Korolev from the Northern Fleet.

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Moma class intelligence gathering ship Kildin returns to the Black Sea after a 79 day long deployment.

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Tanker Ivan Bubnov heading southbound, to supply the Admiral Kuznetsov task force. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The buoy tender KIL-158, with a Raptor class assault boat on her deck heading to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 32)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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The flagship of the 6th Fleet of US Navy, USS Mount Whitney,  departured from Black Sea on 23 October 2016. The ship spend 13 days in the region and visited Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria.

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French warship, FS Premier Maître l`Her made her southbound passage through Istanbul. She spent 17 days in the region.

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Russian intelligence gathering ship Liman deployed to the Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian oceanographic research ship Donuzlav made a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler

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Tarantul class corvette Ivanovets returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

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Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov passed southbound through Istanbul, for her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 31)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Tsezar Kunikov on her way to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian auxiliary ship Kyzyl-60 making a southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets passes through Istanbul on her way to Syria.

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The flagship of the US Navy 6th Fleet, USS Mount Whitney makes a rare deployment to the Black Sea. 

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 30)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russia’s sole Admiral Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Grigorovich made a southbound passage through Istanbul.

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Note the change of the pennant number on Admiral Grigorovich. It was 749, when she made her northbound passage in June.

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Large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets made a southbound passage on her way to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The small auxiliary Kazan-60 returned from her Syian depylement aftyer 15 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 passed through Istanbul on her deployment to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The research and deep dive support ship of the Russian Northern Fleet, Yantar made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 29)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 14 days:

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Russian Buyan-M class corvette Zeleny Dol returns from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The second Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov made a northbound passage through Istanbul following Zeleny Dol. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian tug MB-31 made a northbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the rest of the landing ships taking part in Kavkas-2016 exercise Georgy Pobedonests was tasked with Alexander Shablin to supply Russian forces in Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Romanian training ship Mircea made a rare southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the majorty of the large landing ships tied up in naval exercise Russian started using auxiliary ships for the Syrian Exprees deployments. Kazan-60 made a southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shablin returned from Syrian Express deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Turkish Navy Conducted An Exercise In The Black Sea

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Turkish fast attack craft TCG Atak (left) and TCG Tufan passing through Bosphorus in formation.

This week between 5th and 8th September 2016,  Turkish Navy conducted an unannounced exercise in the Black Sea.

During the week several Turkish warships of different types and some tugs towing practice targets were observed passing through Istanbul.

Interestingly there was no official statement from Turkish Naval Forces or from Turkish General Staff about the exercise. Since some of these passages were during the night, the exact number of the participating warships remains elusive.

Here is the list of the warships seen during the week:

Number Name Type
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Tender
A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör Tanker
F-241 TCG Turgutreis Frigate
F-243 TCG Yıldırım Frigate
F-244 TCG Barbaros Frigate
F-245 TCG Oruçreis Frigate
F-496 TCG Gökova Frigate
F-497 TCG Göksu Frigate
F-512 TCG Büyükada Corvette
P-333 TCG Tufan Fast attack craft
P-336 TCG Zıpkın Fast attack craft
P-337 TCG Atak Fast attack craft
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