18 March 2017 Naval Parade

On 18th March 2017, to commemorate the Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 102 years ago a naval parade was held in Çanakkale.

10 ships two Ada class corvettes, 6 fast attack craft and 2 patrol boats took part in this years parade which was followed by a beautiful show of Turkish Air Force’s air demonstration team Turkish Stars.

The ships arrived in three rows. The east row was made of TCG Tufan, TCG Zıpkın and TCG Yıldız. The main row consisted of TCG Büyükada, TCG Heybeliada, TCG Türkeli and TCG Karabiga, all locally made warships. The west row had TCG Kılıç, TCG Mızrak and TCG Martı.

 

Turkish Navy fleet approaches the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, the largest Turkish military graveyard in the area.

TCG Büyükada was the lead ship.

TCG Heybeliada was following TCG Büyükada.

TCG Kılıç

TCG Mızrak

TCG Tufan

TCG Zıpkın

TCG Martı

TCG Türkeli

TCG Yıldız with TCG Karabiga in foreground.

The parade fleet as it was exiting Çanakkale Strait.

The show of Turkish Stars was breath-taking even for a ship spotter.

Click here for previous naval parades.

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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.

Where An Epoch Lies

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“Stop wayfarer! Unbeknownst to you this ground, You come and tread on, is where an epoch lies.”

18 March 1915 must have been an unforgettable day for a ship spotter.

A mighty Allied fleet consisting of HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Agamemnon, HMS Lord Nelson, HMS Inflexible, HMS Prince George, HMS Triump, HMS Ocean, HMS Majestic, HMS Swiftsure, HMS Vengeance, HMS Irresistible, HMS Albion from Royal Navy, Gaulois, Charlemange, Bouvet, Suffren from French Navy were ready to fight the forts protecting Dardanelles.

The Royal Navy and French warships tried to force their way through the Dardanelles to affect the capture of Istanbul then capital of Ottoman Empire. This, it was hoped, would take Turkey out of the war and enable the Allies to shore up the Russian war effort on the Eastern Front, so relieving pressure on the Western Front.

Most of the ships of the Allied Fleet were old or made nearly obsolete with the fast advance of the new ships of the Dreadnought area. The first class capital ships were kept at home to protect it.

Nevertheless it was a fine and powerful Fleet and an epoch changing fight.

Everything seem to be on the side of the Allied naval forces until at around 14.00 on March 18, when a small cloud of yellowish smoke, which turned black afterwards, came out of the starboard quarter of the French warship Bouvet. The old battleship had struck one of the mines laid ten days earlier by small Ottoman minelayer Nusret. Bouvet sank in a matter of minutes. After a very short time, HMS Inflexible and shortly later HMS Irresistible also struck mines planted by Nusret.

Of the 18 capital ships that sailed in the Dardanelles that morning HMS Ocean, HMS Irresistible and Bouvet never returned. HMS Inflexible and Gaulois had to be beached at the nearby island of Tenedos, in order for their men to be rescued. Suffren was heavily damaged by Turkish guns and later had to be docked at Malta for intensive repairs.

The failure of the naval forces forced the Allies to land troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula to capture it and so remove the lethal gun barriers. It led bloody trench warfare and many thousands of dead on both sides.

As it dissipated over the waters the words of a famous Turkish poem that honors then sacrifice of the Gallipoli Campaign and its role in establishing nationhood rang through the minds of many who were there. One verse in particular seems to perfectly express Remembrance and the epic nature of the events experience by all nations who fought at Gallipoli, but especially the Turkish people:

‘Stop wayfarer! Unbeknownst to you this ground
You come and tread on, is where an epoch lies;
Bend down and lend your ear, for this silent mound
Is the place where the heart of a nation sighs.’

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.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 3)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 7 days:

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Russian tug SB-5 returned to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Korolev made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Buoy tender KIL-158 was one of the ships that returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alligator class landing ship, Nikolai Filchenkov made her southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Amur class repair ship PM-138 passed through Istanbul for her 6 month long deployment in Tartus. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

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