Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 26)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 11 days:

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Natya class mine sweeper Valentin Pikul passed through Istanbul without her usual Coast Guard escort, because of this accident.

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The silhouette of Azov returning from her Syrian deployment.

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Russian large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonesets as she passes through Istanbul

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Minsk heading for her 11. Syrian deployment in 2016.

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Amur class repair ship PM-138 returned, after spending the last 6 months in Syria.

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Buyan-M class corvette Zeleny Dol made a southbound passage through Istanbul together with her sister Serpukhov. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov passing through Istanbul. Both Buyan-M’s are taking part in a naval exercise. Photo: Alper Böler.

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One of the Italian Navy’s training ships, the barquentine Palinuro passed through Bosphorus for her Black Sea deployment.

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Because of the strong current and weak engine power Palinuro had to be towed northbound.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 25)

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

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Russian training ship Smolnyy returns from her Black Sea deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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After spending 35 days in the Black Sea, the Krivak class frigate Pyvitliy returned to the Mediterranean for her second deployment. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

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Russian landing ship Minsk returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Kerim Böler.

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Polish frigate General Tadeusz Kosciuszko finished her Black Sea deployment after 20 days and made her southbound passage through Istanbul.

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Canadian contribution to NATO SNMG-2, HMCS Charlottetown made her southbound passage minutes before the Polish frigate.

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Greek replenishment tanker HS Prometheus passed through Istanbul, on her way to Constanta. As far as I know, this is her first passage through the Turkish Straits. The cadets on board were on the flight deck during her transit.

USS Whidbey Island returned from the Black Sea. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

USS Whidbey Island returned from the Black Sea. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

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USS Ross, departed the Black Sea, after participating to Sea Breeze 2016 naval exercise. This was her first Black Sea deployment in 2016 and she spend 10 days in the region.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 24)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 18 days:

A full loaded Yamal heading to the Mediterranean. Photo: Bleda Kurtdarcan

A full loaded Yamal heading to the Mediterranean. Photo: Bleda Kurtdarcan

Russian training ship Smolnyy heads to the Black Sea with hundreds of cadets on decks.

Russian training ship Smolnyy heads to the Black Sea with hundreds of cadets on decks.

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Spanish contribution to SNMCMG-2, ESPS Turia returned from the Black Sea with rest of the task force, after her allocated 21 days were up.

Russian inteligence gathering ship Priazove returned from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Alper Böler

Russian inteligence gathering ship Priazove returned from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Alper Böler

Russian Tug MB-31 tows Egpytian Tarantul class corvette R-32 to her new home port.

Russian Tug MB-31 tows Egpytian Tarantul class corvette R-32 to her new home port.

Russian landing ship Minsk making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian landing ship Minsk making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov, armed with Kalibr missiles returned from her Syrian deployment.

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US Navy destroyer USS Ross, passing through Istanbul on her way to Ukraine. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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US Navy amphibious ship LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island making a rare appearance in Istanbul as she passed on her way to Ukraine.

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A fully loaded Georgy Podedonosets, passing through Istanbul on her way to syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Yamal returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Greek fast attack craft returned from her Black Sea deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Greek fast attack craft, Ypoploiarchos Grigoropoulos returned from her Black Sea deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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A very rare visitor to Istanbul a Polish frigate. General Tadeusz Kosciuszko pases through Bosphorus on her way to the Black Sea. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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Canadian frigate Charlottetown passed with the Polish frigate. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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Minsk returns from her Syrian deplyment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Azov on her northbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 23)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last two weeks:

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Yamal heading to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Ropucha class landing ship Minsk heading to the Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente passed Bosphorus northbound as part of NATO SNMCMG-2. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Greek fast attack craft HS Ypoploiarchos Grigoropoulos passed Istanbul to take part in Breeze 2016 naval exercise in Bulgaria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Spanish mine hunter SPS Turia passed Bosphorus northbound as part of NATO SNMCMG-2. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Loaded, Russian landing ship Azov heads back to the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: Alper Böler

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Frigate Pytlivy headed back to her home base. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The buoy tender KIL-158 returned from her Mediterranean deployment Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente made a southbound passage through Istanbul one week before returning back to the Black Sea. as part of NATO SNMCMG-2.

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The third Russian improved Kilo class submarine Stary Oskol made her inaugural passage to the Black Sea.

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Landing ship Saratov made a Syrian deployment with a presumably military truck on her deck.

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Azov returned from her Syrian deployment in late June. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Russian Submarine Stary Oskol Passed Through Bosphorus

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Russian submarine Stary Oskol passing through Istanbul.

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Russian submarine was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-88 and trailed by Turkish ASW boat P-1207 TCG Tekirdağ during the submarines passage through Istanbul. Frigate TCG Yıldırım was waiting for the submarine at the northern entrance of the Strait.

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Stary Oskol is the third improved Kilo class submarine assigned to the Black Sea Fleet.

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On 29 June 2016, the improved Kilo submarine of the Black Sea Fleet, Stary Oskol made her inaugural passage through Istanbul Strait.
She is the third of a four Varshavyanka submarines being build for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The first pair of these submarines, Novorossiysk and Rostov-na-Donu are already been commissioned.

With the arrival of this boat, the number of submarines in Russian Black Sea Fleet has increased to four: the Kilo class Alrosa and the impreoved Kilo (Varshavyanka) class Novorossiysk, Rostav-na-Donu and Stary Oskol.

During her passage through Istanbul Strait, the submarine was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-88 and trailed by anti submarine warfare patrol boat TCG Tekirdağ. Turkish frigate TCG Yıldırım was waiting for her at the northern enterance of the Istanbul Strait.

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S-196 U-17 in Marmaris on 28 April 2005. She visited the city during Marmaris Maritime Fair. Note the size difference between U-17 in foreground and Tang class TCG Pirireis in the background. U-17 was decommissioned on 14 December 2010.

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Italian helicopter cruiser, C-550 ITS Vittorio Veneto in Istanbul. She visited Istanbul a few times before being decommissioned in 2003. I have no date for this photo but it looks like late 1990’s.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 22)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last two weeks:

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Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a southbound passage. Her crudely painted over older names are visible. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Georgy Pobdonesets returned from her Syrian deployment 10 day after passing southbound. Photo: Alper Böler

Yamal made a very quick return trip to Syria. She was seen southbound just after 5 days from her northbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Buoy tender KIL-158 made a southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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US Navy destroyer USS Porter left Black Sea 12 after spending 12 in the region. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian Navy auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Berting tug of Royal Netherlands Navy A-873 Zuiderzee passed through Turkish Straits on her way to Netrherlands. She was built in Damen Shipyard in Galati, Romania.

Landing ship Yamal returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler

Russian landing ship Georgiy Pobdonesets on her way to Syria.  Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

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French helicopter cruiser R-97 FS Jeanne d’Arc in Istanbul on 12 February 1996. She visited Istanbul a few times during her training cruises for French naval cadets.

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F-253 TCG Zafer in Istanbul on 29 October 1995. She was commissioned in US Navy as USS Thomas C. Hart in 1973 and served untill 1993. She was transferred to Turkey in 1993, through the Security Assistance Program and renamed as TCG Zafer. She was decommssioned from Turkish Navy in 2012 and in June 2016 she was sunk as target.

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