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.

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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.

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.

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