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.

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TCG Gelibolu Takes Part In Cutlass Express 2017

Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu in Marmara Sea. 14 September 2008

Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu in Marmara Sea. 14 September 2008

Gabya class frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu departed from Aksaz Naval Base, on 22nd January 2017 for a deployment in Gulf of Aden and adjacent seas.

Last Turkish ship to be dispatch to this region was TCG Büyükada in October 2016.  According to Turkish Navy press release TCG Gelibolu will take part in Cutlass Express 2017 and AMAN 17 naval exercises and will visit  Djibouti, Karachi, Muscat, Jeddah.

The frigate will also contribute to anti-piracy operations of CTF-151.

 

Sea Shield 2017 Naval Exercise

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Spanish warship ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon passed through Turkish Straits to take part in the exercise.

Once again Romania is hosting Sea Shield naval exercise. The exercise will take place between 1st and 11th February 2017. The exercise started with the planning and familiarization phase which will end on 5th February.

The participants have already arrived at the Romanian port Constanta for this year’s exercise. Besides, Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, Turkey and U.S.A. have deployed warships. The only submarine of the exercise is TCG Dolunay. She will play the role of the hunter and the hunted.

According to the press release of the Romanian Naval Forces, 2800 military personnel is taking part in the exercise. Romania will provide besides warships two mobile missile-launchers, a special-operation detachment, two MiG 21 Lancer airplanes and a medical-evacuation helicopter. Turkey has also dispatched one CN-235 ASW patrol plane.

This is the list of the participating naval units:

Number Name Type Country
11 BGS Smeli Frigate Bulgaria
340 HMCS St John’s Frigate Canada
F-221 ROS Regele Ferdnand Frigate Romania
111 ROS Marasesti Frigate Romania
265 ROS Admiral Horia Macellariu Corvette Romania
264 ROS Admiral Eustatiu Sebstian Corvette Romania
190 ROS Lastunul Corvette Romania
188 ROS Zborul Corvette Romania
25 ROS Lieutenant Lupu Dunescu Mine sweeper Romania
29 ROS Lieutenant Dimitrie Nicolescu Mine sweeper Romania
F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon Frigate Spain
F-242 TCG Fatih Frigate Turkey
S-352 TCG Dolunay Submarine Turkey
78 USS Porter Destroyer USA

TCG Alemdar Is Commissioned Into Service

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TCG Alemdar during acceptance trials. Photo: Milliyet

Today the new submarine rescue ship A-582 TCG Alemdar was finally commissioned into service. The ceremony was planned for an earlier date, but had to be postponed.

TCG Alemdar is the most capable submarine rescue vessel in Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

TCG Alemdar was designed from the keel as a submarine rescue ship for Turkish Navy. She will be able to provide life support to the stranded crew of a distressed submarine up to 600 meters depth. She will carry ROV’s, atmospheric diving suits and other necessary equipment. She is certified both for NATO NSRS and US SRDRS
systems. The built-in A-frame of TCG Alemdar will be able to support US Navy DSRVs.

She is a most welcomed addition to Turkish Navy. Auxiliary ships like TCG Alemdar may not have the appeal of a front line warships such as corvettes or frigates but these inglorious auxiliaries enable the other ships to function and save them when they are in a dire situation.

I wish TCG Alemdar calm seas and following winds.

Spanish Warship Arrived For A Port Visit

f102The Spanish frigate F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon arrived this morning in Istanbul. It was a cold, chilly morning with little sun and with much snow fall.

The frigate is doing a port visit here. She will stay in Istanbul, presumably until Monday and will later pass through Bosphorus and enter Black Sea. Her next port of call has not been disclosed but it will be either Varna or Constanta or maybe both.

It was in 2014, when ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon was in Istanbul the last time.

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.

Warship Donations To Cyprus

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KKTCSG-301 (left) and KKTCSG-303 with their crews. Photo: Armed Forces of Northern Cyprus.

Turkish Navy donated two naval vessels to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Coast Guard.

The vessels are former small landing craft of Ç-302 class. The boats are renamed as KKTCSG-301 and KKTCSG-303 and commissioned into service on 18 January 2017.

Each of these boats can carry 60 tons of load or 140 troops. Their maximum speed is 10 knots.

On a different note, the Sultanate of Oman is donating, a large patrol boat to Cyprus. The ship in question is believed to be Al Mabrukah. She was build in 1970 in UK and commissioned in Sultan of Oman Navy in 1971 as the yacht for the sultan. She was converted to a training ship in 1983. In 1997 she was classified as patrol ship and used as one since.

First Steel Cut For TCG Istanbul

The first steel for the new frigate TCG İstanbul was cut with ceremony. Photo: Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman, Anadolu Ajansı via Turkish MoD.

On 19 January 2017, first steel was cut for the Turkish frigate TCG İstanbul in Istanbul Naval Shipyard.

Defence Minister and Commander of Turkish Naval Forces attended the ceremony that marked the construction start of Turkey’s first indigenous frigate.

TCG İstanbul will be the first ship of a class of 4 frigates also known as İ (or İstif according to Turkish Naval spelling alphabet) class. The others will be called as TCG İzmir, TCG İzmit and TCG İçel.

The conceptual drawing of this new class was first revealed during the IDEF 2015 International Defense Industry Fair.

The new frigate will be about 14 meters longer but will have the same width as Ada class. TCG İstanbul will be 600 tons heavier and have a deeper draft due to the increased weapon load and other design changes.

The main gun is a 76mm with a stealth cupola. There is 16 cell Mk41 VLS system just behind the gun, for ESSM missiles.

The form of the bridge and the main mast is almost identical to the existing Ada class only slightly enlarge. There will be a Smart-S Mk2 radar and ARES-2 ESM suit on the mast.

One important difference between the ships is the number of the anti-ship missiles carried. The weapon load on İstif class will be the double of Ada class with 16 missiles launchers. This is the twice the usual load of the existing anti-ship missiles normally carried on Turkish warships.

Another difference is the selection of the self-defence weapons. While the Ada class has the Mk49 launcher for RAM anti-air missiles the İstif class will be fitted with a Mk15 Phalanx CIWS.

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A comparison between Ada and İstif class

The above mentioned are the external differences between the two generation of Milgem ships. The internal changes are very hard to tell at this time. But nevertheless, one might safely say that the combat management system of the second generation will be an improved version of the first generation.

The construction of TCG İstanbul is expected to be completed within the next 46 months with the intended commissioning date 2021.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 2)

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

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Tsezar Kunikov, returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Korolev, went south for her first deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Kyzyl-60, was loaded and had even three 40 feet containers on her deck. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

The Flagship Of SNMG-2 Is In Izmir

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

The flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG-2) FGS Sachsen is in Izmir for a liberty call.

The German Navy took over the lead of SNMG-2 in 22. December 2016 and frigate FGS Sachsen has replaced Dutch warship HNLMS De Ruyter as the flagship of the task force.

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

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FGS Sachsen in Izmir. Photo: Oktay Cömert. Used with permission.

 

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