Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 18)

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

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An empty Dvinitsa-50 heading back to the Black Sea. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Tsezar Kunikov, making a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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Ropucha class landing ship Minsk, returns from Mediterranean. Alexander Otrakovski can be seen in the background. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alexander Otrakovski returning from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler. Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Yıldırım is in the background.

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French warship Jean Bart, making a northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

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Second Natya class mine sweeper deployed to the Mediterranean, Valentin Pikul, passes through Istanbul, escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessels. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 17)

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Russian buoy tender KIL-158 passing through Istanbul on her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 passing through Istanbul on her way to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Krivak class frigate Ladny passing through Istanbul on her southbound journey.

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An empty Tsezar Kunikov returns from Syria.

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A heavy loaded Saratov makes her southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alexander Otrakovski returning from a Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

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.

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.

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.

18th March 2016 Naval Parade

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TCG Nusret, the replica of the Ottoman mine layer Nusret. She took part in the naval parade too. She is a commissioned ship in Turkish Navy.

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TCG Amasra, having the Commodore on board, formed the lead section of the parade with TCG Nusret and TCG Akçakoca.

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TCG Akçakoca

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TCG Anafartalar, was one of the two submarines in the parade.

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TCG Gür

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TCG Salihreis, led the frigates and corvettes section.

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TCG Göksu

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TCG Büyükada.

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TCG Bartın

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TCG Mızrak, led the patrol boat section of the parade.

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TCG Atak

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TCG Tuzla

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TCG Karabiga

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TCSG-94. She and her sister TCSG-91 were part of the patrol boat section.

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TCG Akçay. She was open to public visit.

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TCG Oruçreis. Like the mine hunter TCG Akçay she was too open for public visit. It must be a nice diversification from SNMG-2 duties in Northern Aegean.

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This is one of the several coast guard boats, that provided close security during the ceremonies.

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TCSG-23 was another coast guard boat that provided close security during the naval parade.

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TCB-70 was the lead helicopter of the 3 units strong naval aviation display.

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Turkish Coast Guard’s aviation branch send a 3 helicopter strong detachment for the commemorations. This is TCGS-504

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Turkish Stars, the air display team of Turkish Airforce showed their skills. The display was not visible from where I was standing. But I have managed to take a photo one of the planes as they were leaving.

Like in previous years, on 18th March 2016, Turkish Navy organised a Naval Parade in Çanakkale Strait to commemorate Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 101 years ago.

6 Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, 3 maritime patrol planes and 6 Army helicopters took part in a fly over. And the Turkish Stars, the aerobatics demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force made a display. The focal point of the commemorations was the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, was off the limit for me. But I was never the less able to take photos of the warships taking part in the parade, Coast Guard Boats, providing security and ships that were open for public.

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.”

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This is the replica of the Ottoman mine layer Nusrat. Her mines made a history. This small ship with her few mines had an impart on the history beyond her size.

One hundred and one years ago the idyllic town of Çanakkale was the center of a very fierce and bloody fighting, which shaped the directly the future of Turkey, which became a modern, secular state after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

A mighty armada of Royal Navy and French warships tried to force its was through the Dardanelles to effect the capture of Istanbul but 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.

After the initiation of hostilities in mid-February 1915, the Allied armada effectively silenced the Ottoman outer defences on the both sides of the Çanakkale Strait. Next they would try to silence the inner forts and clear as many mines as possible.

The battleships were arranged in three lines, two British and one French, with supporting vessels on the flanks and two ships in reserve.

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 FNS Bouvet never returned. HMS Inflexible and FNS Gaulois had to be beached at the nearby island of Tenedos, in order for their men to be rescued. FNS 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 honours 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.’

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