5 Feb 2017 1 Comment
Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, last two weeks:
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
4 Feb 2017 2 Comments
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.
4 Feb 2017 1 Comment
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:
|340||HMCS St John’s||Frigate||Canada|
|F-221||ROS Regele Ferdnand||Frigate||Romania|
|265||ROS Admiral Horia Macellariu||Corvette||Romania|
|264||ROS Admiral Eustatiu Sebstian||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|
28 Jan 2017 5 Comments
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.
28 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
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.
21 Jan 2017 1 Comment
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.
20 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
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.
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.
14 Jan 2017 2 Comments
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.