23 Jun 2016 1 Comment
French helicopter cruiser R-97 FS Jeanne d’Arc in Istanbul on 12 February 1996. She visited Istanbul a few times during her training cruises for French naval cadets.
18 Jun 2016 1 Comment
Today the third ship of Ada class, TCG Burgazada was launched in Istanbul Naval Shipyard and the keel laying ceremony for the fourth ship TCG Kınalıada was conducted.
The construction of TCG Burgazada started on 27 September 2013. For the previous two ships, Istanbul Naval Shipyard needed 3 years from the start of the construction till launching. However the shipyard was able to shorten the construction time of TCG Burgazada by 100 days.
These two ships, together with the previous pair will constitute Ada class.
During the launching ceremony the Commander of Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu said that the planned construction time for TCG Kınalıada will be 8 months shorter. He also noted that the second batch of four ships will be constructed in İ class configuration. The construction of the fifth ship, named TCG İstanbul, will start in Januray 2017. These ships are scheduled to be commissioned between 2021 and 2024.
Here is a short video of the launch:
16 Jun 2016 2 Comments
F-253 TCG Zafer in Istanbul on 29 October 1995. She was commissioned in US Navy as USS Thomas C. Hart in 1973 and served untill 1993. She was transferred to Turkey in 1993, through the Security Assistance Program and renamed as TCG Zafer. She was decommssioned from Turkish Navy in 2012 and in June 2016 she was sunk as target.
12 Jun 2016 1 Comment
This was an interesting week for a ship spotter in Istanbul. We have witnessed the maiden voyage of Admiral Grigorovich the first ship of her class of 6. and we have also saw the first Black Sea deployment of a US Navy warship in 2016.
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
9 Jun 2016 3 Comments
Turkish Navy released a official video from the live firings conducted during the Beyaz Fırtına 2016 (White Storm) Naval Exercise.
I must admit that, I have found the scene showing, the torpedo leaving the submarine, very impressive.
9 Jun 2016 Leave a comment
The third ship of the Milgem class corvettes, F-513 TCG Burgazada is ready for her scheduled launching ceremony on 17 June 2016.
Her keel was laid on 27 September 2013. Here are a couple photos which show the progress of her construction well.
9 Jun 2016 Leave a comment
F-301 HNoMS Bergen in Istanbul on 11 October 1992. The Oslo class frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy was commissioned on 22 June 1967. She served till 3 August 2005. Like last weeks post, she is one of her kind as I have not seen any other Norwegian warship in Istanbul.
2 Jun 2016 Leave a comment
Turkish Navy concluded Beyaz Fırtına (White Storm) 2016 naval exercise on 28 May 2016.
Interestingly members of media were not invited to watch the exercise. Thus all photos available are made by Turkish Naval Forces.
12 frigates, 7 corvettes, 13 fast attack craft, 7 submarines, 1 amphibious ship, 12 auxiliaries, 1 inteligence gathering ship and 2 mine warfare ships plus 5 aircraft and 15 helicopters took part in the exercise. 6 guided missiles, one torpedo and more than 4000 rounds from different guns were fired against a number of targets. The ex frigate TCG Zafer and the ex patrol boat TCG AB-24 were sunk. You can read the analysis of TCG Zafer’s sinking here. There are no photos from the sinking of TCG AB-24. Thus it is not possible to identify the type of the ammunition used against her.
Below is the list some of the ships took part in the exercise:
|A-573||Binbaşı Saadettin Gürcan||Tanker|
|P-330||Kılıç||Fast attack craft|
|P-332||Mızrak||Fast attack craft|
|P-340||Doğan||Fast attack craft|
|P-344||Rüzgar||Fast attack craft|
|P-345||Poyraz||Fast attack craft|
|P-346||Gurbet||Fast attack craft|
|P-347||Fırtına||Fast attack craft|
|P-349||Karayel||Fast attack craft|
2 Jun 2016 1 Comment
Turkish Navy concluded Beyaz Fırtına (White Storm) 2016 Naval exercise on 28 May 2016. During this exercise the hull of the decommissioned Knox class frigate ex USS Thomas C. Hart and ex TCG Zafer was used as a target. The torpedo is believed to be DM2A4