Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 11)

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

Ropucha Class landing ship Yamal started her 3. Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian Natya class mine sweeper Valentin Pikul deployed to Mediterranean.

Romanian mine sweeper Sublieutenant Alexandru Axente joined SNMCMG-2 in Black Sea. She made her southbound passage through Istanbul Strait with the rest of the task force.

Turkish contribution to SNMCMG-2, TCG Alanya making her southbound passage through Istanbul.

German Frankenthal class mine hunter FGS Rottweil passed through Istanbul Strait, before docking for a port visit.

Spanish mine hunter ESPS Duero southbound on Bosphorus.

The flagship of SNMCMG-2, ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki lead the task force as it sailed southbound through Istanbul.

Harpers Ferry class docked landing ship USS Carter Hall left the region after completion of exercise Spring Storm 2017 in Romania.

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

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The First And Final Passage Of Ex USS Duncan Through Bosphorus

3 navy tugs are pulling the hull of ex USS Duncan against the current towards Black Sea. Just a shell of the former frigate is left.

The effects of cannibalization can be better seen in this photo.

Perry class frigate USS Duncan was the first ship of this class to be decommissioned active service. She was striken from US Navy service on 5 January 1998. In May 1999 she was sold to Turkish Navy. She has never entered in to service therefore she doesn’t have a Turkish name. She was used as spare part source, to keep other ship working. This practice is lovingly called cannibalization. And you can see the effects of it on the hull of USS Duncan in above photos.

TCG İnebolu, TCG Özgür and TCG Darıca, three Turkish Navy tugs, towed the hull of ex USS Duncan through Istanbul northbound, on 22 March 2017. Since there are no scrap yards along the Black Sea coast of Turkey, this journey is not going to end at one scrapyard.

The markings on the hull of the former frigate are consistent with a live firing test. A few days after the passage of ex USS Duncan it was announced that she was going to be used as a target during the Deniz Yıldızı annual naval exercise.

Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two In Istanbul

The Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two arrived in Istanbul on 24 March 2017. The task group had made her northbound passage through the city 20 days before.

During this 20 days the task force first took part in Poseidon 2017. The mine warfare exercise was held between 5 and 15 March 2017.

After the completion of the exercise the task force sailed to Odessa, Ukraine. There the ship were open to public and received thousands of visitors during their stay there.

One day short of their allowance by the Montreux Convention the Task force sailed southbound through Istanbul Strait and docked in Istanbul port for a well-earned post visit.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 10)

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

Whidbey Island/Harpers Ferry class dock landing ship LSD-50 USS Carter Hill made a northbound passage through Istanbul. She was heading to Romania.

A rare visitor to this region, French warship F-710 FS La Fayette passed northbound through Istanbul as she sailed to Varna. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Korolev started her 4th deployment to Syria in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

After the completion of the mine warfare exercise Poseidon 2017, the Greek ship HS Evropi returned home, while other participants sailed to Odessa.

Russian Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov made yet another southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 9)

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

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Yamal, escorted by Turkish coast guard vessels TCSG-303 and TCSG-4306 returns from her Syrian deployment.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 followed Yamal and passed northbound through Istanbul a few minutes after the landing ship.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 8)

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

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An empty Nikolai Filchenkov returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Greek mine hunter HS Europa has also passed through Istanbul on her way to the Romania.

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M-1061 FGS Rottweil is the German contribution to SNMCMG-2.

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Spanish Mine hunter M-35 ESPS Duero on her way to Poseidon 2017 naval exercise.

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511 OPR Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki led the NATO fleet as the flagship of SNMCMG-2.

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Russian landing ship Korolev made her northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Leucothea

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Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich made her southbound passage through Istanbul. It is rumored that she will shadow George W. Bush carrier group in eastern Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Georgiy Pobedonosets made her southbound passage together with her sister ship Yamal. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Yamal made her southbound passage together with her sister ship Georgiy Pobedonosets Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian rersearch vessel Donuzlav finished her Mediterranean deployment after 133 days.

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Tsezar Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 7)

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

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Ropucha class large landing ship Korolev making a southbound passage. This is her 3rd Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 making her second Syrian deployment. There are 3 x 40′ and 2 x 20′ containers on deck. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 6)

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

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Halifax class frigate 340 HMCS St. John’s departed Black Sea, after the Spanish frigate. She too, is part of NATO’s SNMG-2 TU-2

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Alvaro De Bazan class frigate F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón returned from her Black Sea deployment on the 20th day. She is part of NATO’s SNMG-2 TU-2

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Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov passed through Istanbul southbound with a fresh paint job.

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Russian landing ship Yamal completed her northbound passage in a single day. Thus it was very late as she passed through Istanbul.

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Tsezar Kunikov started her second Syrian deployment of 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Korolev returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Georgy Podobedonests Photo: Yörük Işık.

Georgy Podobedonests returning 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 5)

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

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USS Porter returned to the Mediterranean after the Romanian led Sea Shield finished. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

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Large landing ship Korolev returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets made her first southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 4)

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

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Moma class intelligence gathering ship Kildin passed through Istanbul on her way to the Eastern Mediterranean. She has replaced Liman that returned to the Black Sea last week.

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Amur class repair ship PM-56 returned to the Black Sea after being replaced by her sister PM-138. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov silhouetted against old city as she returns from her Syrian deployment.

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USS Porter passing through Istanbul on her way to Constanta, Romanian. Photo: Yörük Işık

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Southbound, Korolev on her 2. Syrian deployment on 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Canadian frigate HMCS St. John’s passing through Istanbul after a 3 day port visit. She is taking part in NATO exercise Sea Shield 2017. Photo: Alper Böler

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Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón sailed to the Black Sea after finishing her port visit in Istanbul. She too, is taking part in NATO exercise Sea Shield 2017.

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Ropucha class large landing ship Yamal passed through Istanbul on the first Syrian Express deployment of 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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An empty Nikolai Filchenkov returning from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The intelligence gathering ship Liman returned after a 3 months deployment in the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The next day MB-304 returned alone to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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On 23th January MB-304 was observed making a northbound passage through Istanbul towing the floating crane SPK-46150. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

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