Like A Lamb to The Slaughter

On 8th February 2018, three Turkish Navy tugs towed the hulk of an old tanker ex- TCG Bnb. Sadettin Gürcan to the Black Sea.

The tanker was named after the commander of the submarine TCG Atılay that sunk with all hands in 1942. She hit a mine while submerged and never resurfaced.

The tanker was laid down at Gölcük Naval Shipyard in 1968 and commissioned in 1970. She served till 2016.

As there are no shipbreakers in the Black Sea and the markings on the hull of ex- TCG Bnb. Sadettin Gürcan is consistent with a target, she will be used in a sinking exercise.

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2018 (Part 2)

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

The Alligator class large landing ship Orsk finished her first Syrian Express deployment. Here she is passing northbound through Istanbul.

Russian salvage tug Professor Nikolay Muru making her southbound passage through Istanbul in the early evening. she was escorting the auxiliary merchant ship Kyzyl-60. Photo: Yusuf Genç

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Kyzyl-60 making her southbound passage through Istanbul well after dusk. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Echo class survey vessels, HMS Enterprise, the flagship of the NATO SNMCMG-2 task force passed northbound through Turkish Straits. This is the first Black Sea deployment of the task force in 2018.

The Rophucha class large landing ship Alexander Otrakovsky, too made her first southbound passage in 2018. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The Rophucha class large landing ship Azov made her first southbound passage in 2018. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2018 (Part 1)

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

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Alexander Otrakovsky returned from her Syrian deployment just in time to bring the boys back for Christmas. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of USN, USS Carney made her first northbound passage through Turkish Straits. Turkish patrol boat TCG Tuzla escorted her as the US Navy destroyer was passing through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

Russian buoy tender KIL-158 returned from her Syrian deployment. While she was transiting through Çanakkale Strait an ill sailor had to be evacuated. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Kyzyl-60 made her northbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The Alligator class large landing ship Orsk made her first passage through Turkish Straits in a long time. In fact, this might be her first passage in 21. century.

USS Carney returned from her Black Sea deployment after 9 days. Photo: Yörük Işık

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 27)

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

One of the most prolific ships of the Syrian Express, Yamal from Russian Black Sea Fleet made her 10th southbound passage: Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian Improved Tetal class corvette Admiral Horia Macelariu made her southbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: @DerinKuvvet

Russian Navy tug Shaktar made her southbound transit through Turkish Straits in tandem with Ivan Golubets. This is her first deployment in 2017.

Russian Natya class minesweeper Ivan Golubets made her southbound passage through Turkish Straits.

Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand returned to the Black Sea after finishing her contribution to NATO Op Sea Guardian. She is now with the SNMCMG-2 in Batumi. Photo: Levent Çetin

Russian Northern Fleet Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Otrakovski returned from her first Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo @drsavasbicer

Bulgarian Border Police Patrol boat Obzor made her transit through Turkish Straits for her deployment in Frontex. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 26)

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

Yantar returned back to the Mediterranean after spending 8 days in the Black Sea.

Forțele Navale Române contribution to NATO operation Sea Guardian ROS Regele Ferdinand transited southbound through Istanbul.

After an absence for more than one year, Northern Fleet large landing hip Alexander Otrakovsky returned for Syrian Express duties. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The frigate Admiral Grigrovich made a short 8-day long deployment to the Mediterranean. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Russian tanker Iman made a northbound transit through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

Sorum class tug, Viktor Konetskiy left the Black Sea. She towed the special test vessel Viktor Cherokov to the north a fortnight ago.

Buoy tender Alexander Pushkin made her first northbound passage through Istanbuş in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Yanter returned to the Black Sea after spending a long time following routes similar to the existing underwater data cables. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Ropucha class landing ship Tsear Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment.

Russian large landing ship Azov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian large landing ship Yamal too 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 25)

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

Russian modified Sorum class tug Viktor Konetskiy passing northbound through Istanbul. She is pulling the armament carrier / special test vessel Viktor Cherokov.

Russian naval auxiliary Viktor Cherokov made her inaugural northbound passage through Istanbul. She was initially, laid as armament transporter but when entered into service she was modified as an underwater weapons test ship.

The newest warship of the Russian Black Sea fleet, Admiral Essen returned from her 75 days long deployment in the Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Tsezar Kunikov made her 7th southbound transitn through Istanbul in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian tall ship Mircea, sister of German ship Gorch Fock finished her sit in with the German Navy as her sister being overhauled and returned home. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Azov made her 3rd southbound passage through Turkish Straits in 2017. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

Russian Ropucha class large landing ship Yamal made her 8th southbound transitn through Istanbul in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Italian destroyer D-560 Luigi Durand de la Penne is one of the few warships still in active service that can fire more than two guns in a broadside. She has finished her training cruise and left the region. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Krivak class frigate Pytlivy made a southbound transit through Turkish Straits. She will join Russian Fleet in the Med. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

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

Vietnamese Warship Sighted


The Dutch-flagged heavy load carrier M/V Rolldock Star made a short stop in Istanbul on 16 September 2017. She has departed from Novorossiysk, Russia and is on her way to Vietnam. Her cargo is the first ship of the second batch of Gepard class frigates Vietnam has ordered.

In 2012 Vietnam has ordered a pair of additional Gepard 3.9 class frigates from Gorky Shipyard in Zelenodolsk. The second batch is different as they are optimized for ASW role and have 533mm torpedo tubes, the first two pair lack.

Gepard 3.9 is the export class of the 11661E class patrol ship. She is 102 m long, 2,200 tons displacement, 103 crew members, a maximum speed of 23 knots, 9200 km operating range.

The warship is not named yet and has the temporary pennant number of 486.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 24)

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

Russian Ropucha class landing ship Yamal returned from her 7th Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian Border Police boat MAI-1101 replaced by her sister MAI-1104 returned from her Frontex deployment in Chios. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Italian destroyer D-560 Luigi Durand de la Penne made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits. She is on a training cruise for the cadets of 2. class of Italian Naval Academy.

Bulgarian Border Police boat Pomodor made her southbound passage through Turkish Straits. She is going to take part in Frontex mission. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian Border Police boat MAI-1104 made a southbound passage through Turkish Straits. She is replacing her sister boat MAI-1101 on Frontex mission on Greek Island Chios.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 23)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 10 days:

Russian Ropucha class landing ship Yamal is once again heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Smolny class training ship Perekop with cadets on board, is making a deployment from Sevastopol to St. Petersburg. Note her pennant number is changed from 200 to 310.

The summer holiday for Syrian Express is over. Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 heading to Syria. Photo:Kerim Bozkurt.

US Navy destroyer USS Porter transiting northbound through Istanbul. Photo: Yusuf Genç, via Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 22)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 3,5 weeks:

Russian mine sweeper Valentin Pikul returning from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Saadettin Irmakçı via Yörük Işık.

The 3rd improved Kilo class submarine to join the Black Sea Fleet, Krasnodar made her maiden voyage through Turkish Straits. Her deployment cruise lasted more than 4 months with a 3 months loitering off the coast of Syria. Photo: Saadettin Irmakçı via Yörük Işık.

Russian intelligence gathering ship Kildin, southbound on Bosphorus. Photo: Tom Brindle.

The flagship of NATO Standing Maritime Group Two, HMS Duncan exited Black Sea after spending 19 days.

US cruiser USS Hué City departed Black Sea when the naval exercise with Ukraine finished. Photo: Aşkın Eyüpoğlu.

US Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Carney heading towards Marmara Sea. She took part in the naval exercise Sea Breeze in Ukraine.

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

 

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

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