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Chinese Warships Visited Istanbul

Type 054A frigate 532 Jingzhou (left) and Type 052C destroyer 150 Changchun docked to Istanbul Sarayburnu quay.

Type 093 replenishment tanker 890 Chaohu

Between 18 and 21 July 2017 a task force of 3 Chinese warship made a visit to Istanbul

Task Group 150 consisting of Type 052C destroyer 150 Changchun, Type 054A frigate 532 Jingzhou and Type 093 replenishment tanker 890 Chaohu have left China on 23 April 2017, on the 68th anniversary of the founding of the PLAN, for a goodwill voyage to some 20 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

The task force headed by Admiral Miao Hua were welcomed by Chinese Military Attaché to Ankara Zheng Qinli, Consul General to Istanbul Qian Bo and a group of Chinese citizens.

This year’s visit was very similar to the previous PLAN visit to Istanbul in 2012 and 2015. In both cases the PLAN fleet was made of one destroyer, one frigate and one replenishment ship.

In 2012 and in 2015 however the destroyer and the frigate have passed through the Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea. This year the ships stayed in Istanbul and have not transit through the Strait northbound. The PLAN task force spend 4 days in Istanbul and left for the Mediterranean.

Here are some close up photos of the destroyer Changhun:

And here are some close up photos of the frigate Jingzhou:

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 21)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 returned from her Syrian deployment.

French Horizon class frigate Chevalier Paul finished her week-long deployment in the Black Sea and sailed southbound through Istanbul.

Krivak class frigate of Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pytlivy made her first southbound passage through Istanbul in 2017.

French Horizon class frigate Chevalier Paul made her first northbound passage through Istanbul. She is heading to Romania.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 20)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, since 15 June:

Russian auxiliary cargo vessel Kyzyl-60 southbound. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

The flagship of NATO task force SNMG-2, HMS Duncan seen here passing through Dardanelles. Before proceeding to the Black Sea, the ship made a 4 day port visit in Istanbul. She is taking part in Breeze 2017 exercise.

Super Vita class fast attack craft, HS Anthypoploiarchos Ritsos passed through Turkish Straits to participate in Breeze 2017 naval exercise.

Admiral Grigorovich, was in Mediterranean since April. She was relived by Admiral Essen. Here Admiral Grigorovich is passing through Istanbul on her way to home, for a deserved rest. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian frigate Admiral Essen made a quick, 4 day trip to the Black Sea. Here she is returning back to the Mediterranean. HMS Duncan can bee seen on the right at port. Turkish LCT Ç-324 is also in the frame She close to the landing pad of the Russian warship.

After a pause of 39 days Tsezar Kunikov is again seen southbound. Photo: Yörük Işık.

USS Hue City northbound. She is proceeding to Odessa. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

USS Carney making a northbound transit through Istanbul on her way to Sea Breeze 2017 exercise. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Admiral Essen making her maiden transit through Istanbul. The ship has been on her maiden deployment from the Baltic Sea to her home fleet in the Black Sea.

Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 making another sounthbound trip to Syria.

The new Russian tug, SB-739 southbound. Photo: Alper Böler

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 19)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 3 weeks:

Amur class factory ship PM-138 returned from her Syrian deployment. Her southbound passage was on 18. January 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Ropucha class landing ship Azov making her northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

Ropucha class large landing ship Tsezer Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Destroyer Smetlivy returned back to the Black Sea after a short deployment in the Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Alligator class warship Nikolai Filchenkov returns from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 18)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Romanian training ship Mircea made a southbound passage. She will be used to train German naval cadets until German training ship Gorch Fock is repaired. Mircea and Gorch Fock are sisters. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The sole Kashin class destroyer of Russian Black Sea Fleet, Smetlivy made a southbound passage through Istanbul.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 16)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Boris Chilikin class replenishment ship Ivan Bubnov made her northbound passage just a few hours after Yamal.

Yamal has returned from her 5th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler

Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Oscar Austin is the 3rd US Navy ship enter the Black Sea in 2017. This is her first deployment to the region. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Sorum class tug MB-304 made her northbound passage with mine sweeper Kovrovets.

Natya class mine sweeper Kovrovets returned from her Syrian deployment after 126 days.

Romanian Border Police boat MAI-1102 returned from her Aegean deployment. She was replaced by MAI-1101. Photo: Alper Böler.

Nikolai Filchenkov heading for her 5th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 15)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 2 weeks

HMS Daring exited Black Sea just after 6 days. She visited Bulgaria and Romania.

Romanian Border Guard vessel MAI-1101 transited southbound through Istanbul Strait. She is replacing MAI-1102 deployed on Frontex. Photo:Alper Böler

Tsezar Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment on the same day, as Yamal passed southbound. Photo: Alper Böler.

Ropucha class landing ship Yamal deployed for her 5th Syrian Express deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 made a southbound passage through Istanbul after a long absence. Photo: Yörük Işık.

After a 2 year absence, one Royal Navy Type-45 class destroyer HMS Daring, was observed northbound in Istanbul Strait.

Yamal here seen returning from her 4th deployment.

Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 14)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Tsezar Kunikov returned to the Mediterranean after 49 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Yamal made her 4th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente finished her 18 day deployment with SNMCMG-2 in Mediterranean and returned back to home.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 13)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich returned to the Mediterranean after hosting 2 Turkish warships in Novorossiysk and conducting PASSEX with them. Photo: Alper Böler.

Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov made her 4th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık

Grachomok class patrol boat counter-sabotage vessel, Unarmeec Kryma made her debut southbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Tug MB-174 also made her southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

F-710 FS La Fayatte returned to the Mediterranean after spending 20 days in the Black Sea region. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 12)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

Russian Ropucha class Korolev returned from Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Project 1135.6M Frigate, Admiral Grigorovich made a northbound passage though Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

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