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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 17)

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

US Navy destroyer USS Oscar Austin escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessels TCSG-5 and TCSG-303, left Black Sea after spending 17 days.

Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov made a quick return to the Mediterranean after spending 9 days in the Black Sea. This she 6th deployment YTD. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Ropucha class landing ship Azov made her first southbound passage through Istanbul in 2017. Her last passage was on 15th August 2016

Ropucha class landing ship Tsezar Kunukov one of the workhorses of the Russian Black Sea Fleet made another northbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

Ropucha class landing ship Yamal made her southbound deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov returned in 10 days from its 5th Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler

Dvinitsa-50 northbound. 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 16)

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

Boris Chilikin class replenishment ship Ivan Bubnov made her northbound passage just a few hours after Yamal.

Yamal has returned from her 5th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler

Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Oscar Austin is the 3rd US Navy ship enter the Black Sea in 2017. This is her first deployment to the region. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Sorum class tug MB-304 made her northbound passage with mine sweeper Kovrovets.

Natya class mine sweeper Kovrovets returned from her Syrian deployment after 126 days.

Romanian Border Police boat MAI-1102 returned from her Aegean deployment. She was replaced by MAI-1101. Photo: Alper Böler.

Nikolai Filchenkov heading for her 5th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 15)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 2 weeks

HMS Daring exited Black Sea just after 6 days. She visited Bulgaria and Romania.

Romanian Border Guard vessel MAI-1101 transited southbound through Istanbul Strait. She is replacing MAI-1102 deployed on Frontex. Photo:Alper Böler

Tsezar Kunikov returned from her Syrian deployment on the same day, as Yamal passed southbound. Photo: Alper Böler.

Ropucha class landing ship Yamal deployed for her 5th Syrian Express deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 made a southbound passage through Istanbul after a long absence. Photo: Yörük Işık.

After a 2 year absence, one Royal Navy Type-45 class destroyer HMS Daring, was observed northbound in Istanbul Strait.

Yamal here seen returning from her 4th deployment.

Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov 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 14)

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

Tsezar Kunikov returned to the Mediterranean after 49 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Yamal made her 4th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

Romanian mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente finished her 18 day deployment with SNMCMG-2 in Mediterranean and returned back to home.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 13)

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

Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich returned to the Mediterranean after hosting 2 Turkish warships in Novorossiysk and conducting PASSEX with them. Photo: Alper Böler.

Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov made her 4th Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık

Grachomok class patrol boat counter-sabotage vessel, Unarmeec Kryma made her debut southbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

Tug MB-174 also made her southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.

F-710 FS La Fayatte returned to the Mediterranean after spending 20 days in the Black Sea region. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.

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

Lest We Forget: TCG Dumlupınar

On 4 April 1953, two Turkish submarines, TCG Dumlupınar and TCG 1. İnönü, entered Dardanelles southbound. They were returning from the NATO naval exercise Blue Sea.

TCG Dumlupınar was leading the two ship formation. When the submarine reached Cape Nara, the narrowest point of the Strait, a Swedish flagged cargo ship M/V Naboland collided with the submarine. The accident happened at 02:15 in the morning.

M/V Naboland rammed TCG Dumlupınar from starboard forecastle just aft of the forward diving planes. The submarine rolled to port with force of the impact and sunk immediately. 5 submariners who were in the sail, at the time of the collision survived. Rest of the crew, 81 men, were trapped inside her hull. The boat sunk at the narrowest point of Dardanelles at 85 meters where the currents are also the strongest.

22 sailors trapped in the aft torpedo compartment, were able to release the submarine’s sunk buoy. There was a frantic effort to reach the submarine and is possible to rescue the trapped sailors for the next 72 hours.

Since that fateful day, on every 4th of April, we remember those, that have a watery grave, where no rose will grow.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 12)

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

Russian Ropucha class Korolev returned from Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Project 1135.6M Frigate, Admiral Grigorovich made a northbound passage though Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 11)

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

Ropucha Class landing ship Yamal started her 3. Syrian deployment in 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

Russian Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

Russian Natya class mine sweeper Valentin Pikul deployed to Mediterranean.

Romanian mine sweeper Sublieutenant Alexandru Axente joined SNMCMG-2 in Black Sea. She made her southbound passage through Istanbul Strait with the rest of the task force.

Turkish contribution to SNMCMG-2, TCG Alanya making her southbound passage through Istanbul.

German Frankenthal class mine hunter FGS Rottweil passed through Istanbul Strait, before docking for a port visit.

Spanish mine hunter ESPS Duero southbound on Bosphorus.

The flagship of SNMCMG-2, ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki lead the task force as it sailed southbound through Istanbul.

Harpers Ferry class docked landing ship USS Carter Hall left the region after completion of exercise Spring Storm 2017 in Romania.

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

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.

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.

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