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HMCS Gatineau in Istanbul on 29th October 1992. She was Canada’s contribution to NATO’s STANAVFORLANT. She was decommissioned in 1998 and scrapped in 2009.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 16)

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Tsezar Kunikov making a southbound passage. During the absence of Azov and Yamal, she was the most prolific one.

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Minsk returning empty from another Syrian deployment.

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Alexander Otrakovski sailing through Istanbul Strait on her way to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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An empty Saratov, riding high on the water makes a northbound passage through Istanbul.

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

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USS Thorn in Istanbul, in an undated photo. It must be late 1990’s. She was decommissioned in 2004 and sunk as target in 2006.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 15)

This is a double issue as I was not able to update last week.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a northbound passage. She is empty. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a northbound passage. She is empty. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Canadian frigate HMCS Frederection leaves the Black Sea. She spend all her 21 days allocated by Montreux Convention in the region. Photo: Alper Böler.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria returning to the Blakc Sea just after 3 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria returning to the Black Sea just after 3 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov returning empty from her Syrian deployment. Turkish coast guard and maritimie xsection of Istanbul Police Department is escortnig her as they do to all Russian ships recently.

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov returning empty from her Syrian deployment. Turkish Coast Guard and maritime section of Istanbul Police Department is escorting her, as they do to all Russian ships recently.

Fully loaded, Russian landing ship Minsk mainking a southbound passage through Istanbul Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Fully loaded, Russian landing ship Minsk making a southbound passage through Istanbul Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Romanain frigate Regine Maria making a rare southbound passage through Istanbul. The reason of her deployment is not know.

Romanian frigate Regina Maria making a rare southbound passage through Istanbul. The reason of her deployment is not know.

Russian landing ship Saratov, loaded with trucks is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian landing ship Saratov, loaded with trucks is heading to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian corvette Zeleny Dol returned to the Black Sea. She was deployed to Syria on 14 February 2016. She was relived by her sister Serpukhov. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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

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HMS Cardiff during her visit to Istanbul on 23rd November 1998. Note the added Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS systems installed after The Falkland War. Ironically her final destination was a scrapyard in Turkey in 2005.

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The Spanish aircraft carrier ESPS Prince of Asturias in her glory days. This photo is taken during her visit to Istanbul on 11th November 1992. She was decommissioned in 2003.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 14)

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov and her escort TCSG-93 making a southbound passage through Istanbul.

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov and her escort TCSG-93 making a southbound passage through Istanbul.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a southbound passge through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Vologda-50 making a southbound passge through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Otrakovski returned from her Syrian deploymenyt. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Otrakovski returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Ropucha class landing ship Minks returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

Ropucha class landing ship Minks returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Divitsa-50 going to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Divitsa-50 going to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 13)

An empty Ropuch raturnd from Syrian deployment. Tsezar Kunikov making a northbound passage. Photo: Aşkın Eyüboğlu

An empty Ropucha returns from Syrian deployment. Tsezar Kunikov making a northbound passage. Photo: Aşkın Eyüboğlu

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Romanian Border Police vessel MAI-1104 making a southbound deployment probably for a Frontex mission somewhere in the Aegean. Photo: Alper Böler.

The fully loaded Russian landing ship Alexander Otrakovsky, heading to Mediterranean.

The fully loaded Russian landing ship Alexander Otrakovski, heading to Mediterranean.

Canadian frigate Fredericton making a night time northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Canadian frigate Fredericton making a night-time northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Serpukhov is heading to Eastern Mediterranean, where her sister Zeleny Dol is also deployed. It is not clear whether Serpukhov is going to replace the other or supplement.

The second Buyan-M class corvette of Russian Black Sea Fleet, Serpukhov, making her southbound passage through Istanbul.

The second Buyan-M class corvette of Russian Black Sea Fleet Serpukhov, making her southbound passage through Istanbul.

Ropucha class landing ship Minsk heading to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

Ropucha class landing ship Minsk heading to Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 12)

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The Black Sea Fleet’s salvage vessel Epron has completed her taks of supervising the acceptance test of India’s first SSBN Arihant and returned home.

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Russian landing ship Saratov made a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian landing ship Minsk returning from Syria. From the outside she does not seem to have any cargo on board. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian Ropucha class warship Alexander Otrakovski returning from Syria. She seems to be heavier than Minsk. They both passed in tandem through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian warship Tsezar Kunikov making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian warship Tsezar Kunikov making her southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 11)

Russian Alligator class landing ship Saratov returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian Alligator class landing ship Saratov returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 returning from Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Romanian mine sweeper Lieutenant Dimitrie Nicolescu returned back to her base after taking part in Greek led mine warfare exercise Ariadne. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian auxiliary cargo ship Yauza making a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

Well it was a slow week. Only 4 foreign warships have been spotted.

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

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