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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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