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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.

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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.

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:

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.

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