5 Dec 2016 1 Comment
Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
15 Nov 2016 1 Comment
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.
9 Sep 2016 1 Comment
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:
|A-577||TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa||Tender|
|A-579||TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa||Tender|
|A-595||TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör||Tanker|
|P-333||TCG Tufan||Fast attack craft|
|P-336||TCG Zıpkın||Fast attack craft|
|P-337||TCG Atak||Fast attack craft|