Turkish Navy Will Receive Temren Anti Ship Missile

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Test firing of the new missile. Photo from January 2015.

On 28 October 2016, the Turkish Defence Executive Commitee, has decided to arm SH-70B Seahawk helicopters of Turkish Navy with Temren short-range anti ship missile.

Temren means arrowhead in Turkish. The missile was developed, from the L-UMTAS long range anti tank missile, developed by Roketsan. The original L-UMTAS has a range of 8 km and weights 38 kg.

As is, the Temrem would replace the AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles used by Turkish Navy. But since Temren is a indigenous product, a longer ranged version of the missile with a larger warhead may be developed.

The live firing test were conducted in January 2015 and reported here and here.

 

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 32)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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The flagship of the 6th Fleet of US Navy, USS Mount Whitney,  departured from Black Sea on 23 October 2016. The ship spend 13 days in the region and visited Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria.

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French warship, FS Premier Maître l`Her made her southbound passage through Istanbul. She spent 17 days in the region.

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Russian intelligence gathering ship Liman deployed to the Mediterranean. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian oceanographic research ship Donuzlav made a southbound passage through Istanbul. Photo: Alper Böler

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Tarantul class corvette Ivanovets returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Serhat Güvenç

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Alligator class landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov passed southbound through Istanbul, for her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Turkish Navy Helped Panamanian Flagged Merchant Ship

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TCG Yıldırım with M/V Fom. Photo: Turkish Naval Forces

According to Turkish Navy press release, MEKO 200 class frigate TCG Yıldırım, evacuated crew from a stricken merchant ship.

The Panamanian flagged merchant ship M/V Fom has suffered a severe engine problem, off the coast of Black Sea town Karadeniz Ereğlisi. The ship lost power and asked for assistance. TCG Yıldırım was dispatched to the drifting M/V Fom. The on board helicopter from the frigate, evacuated 8 strong crew from M/V Fom. The crew after receiving an initial medical attention on TCG Yıldırım, was later transferred to the shore by Turkish Coast Guard.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 31)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Tsezar Kunikov on her way to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian auxiliary ship Kyzyl-60 making a southbound passage. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets passes through Istanbul on her way to Syria.

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The flagship of the US Navy 6th Fleet, USS Mount Whitney makes a rare deployment to the Black Sea. 

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

TCG Yüzbaşı Güngör Durmuş Launched

Digital rendering of the new logistics support vessel. Photo: Selah Shipyard.

The first ship, of the two new logistics supports ships, constructed for Turkish Navy, A-574 TCG Yüzbaşı Güngör Durmuş was launched on 8th October 2016.

Selah Shipyard has won the tender in 2014. The construction of the first ship has started in 2015.

The ships will carry 4000 tons of fuel for warships, 500 tons of fuel for helicopters and 330 tons of fresh water. They will have a medical facility, capable of performing surgeries. These ships will not have a helicopter hangar, but will have a large landing pad, suitable for heavy army helicopters.

Yüzbaşı Güngör Durmuş was an officer of naval special forces. He died by accident during an exercise in July 1998.

TCG Büyükada Back In Gulf Of Aden

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TCG Büyükada escorts M/V Lila. Photo: Turkish Naval Forces

After a considerable period of absence, Turkish Navy is back in Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.

In early September Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Authority dispatched an aid ship to Somaliland, Ethiopia and Putland. M/V Lila, loaded with 11 tons of aid, left Mersin, Turkey on 10 September 2016. Ada class corvette TCG Büyükada escorted the merchant ship on this voyage.

After the delivery of the aid, TCG Büyükada stayed in the region. She is now conducting anti-piracy patrols under Combined Task Force 151 command.

This is the second deployment of TCG Büyükada to the region. She was in the region  from January till April 2015, and evacuated 55 Turkish citizens trapped in Yemen.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 30)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:

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Russia’s sole Admiral Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Grigorovich made a southbound passage through Istanbul.

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Note the change of the pennant number on Admiral Grigorovich. It was 749, when she made her northbound passage in June.

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Large landing ship Georgiy Pobedonosets made a southbound passage on her way to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The small auxiliary Kazan-60 returned from her Syian depylement aftyer 15 days. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The Russian auxiliary Dvinitsa-50 passed through Istanbul on her deployment to Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The research and deep dive support ship of the Russian Northern Fleet, Yantar made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits.

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

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 29)

Here are the photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 14 days:

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Russian Buyan-M class corvette Zeleny Dol returns from her Mediterranean deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The second Buyan-M class corvette Serpukhov made a northbound passage through Istanbul following Zeleny Dol. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Russian tug MB-31 made a northbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the rest of the landing ships taking part in Kavkas-2016 exercise Georgy Pobedonests was tasked with Alexander Shablin to supply Russian forces in Syria. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Romanian training ship Mircea made a rare southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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With the majorty of the large landing ships tied up in naval exercise Russian started using auxiliary ships for the Syrian Exprees deployments. Kazan-60 made a southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shablin returned from Syrian Express deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Turkish Coast Guard Tows Future Qatari Coast Guard Boat

Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-70 prepares to tow QC-711. Photo: Turkish Coast Guard.

Turkish Coast Guard announced that, they have helped a boat drifting off the Coast of Antalya.

This boat was QC-711 one of the ARES 75 type boats constructed by ARES shipyard for Qatari Coast Guard. According to the Turkish Coast Guard press release, QC-711 had a malfunction during the builders trials and lost all power. Thus Turkish Coast Guard boat TCSG-70 was dispatched to tow the distressed boat back to the shipyard.

Turkish Navy Conducted An Exercise In The Black Sea

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Turkish fast attack craft TCG Atak (left) and TCG Tufan passing through Bosphorus in formation.

This week between 5th and 8th September 2016,  Turkish Navy conducted an unannounced exercise in the Black Sea.

During the week several Turkish warships of different types and some tugs towing practice targets were observed passing through Istanbul.

Interestingly there was no official statement from Turkish Naval Forces or from Turkish General Staff about the exercise. Since some of these passages were during the night, the exact number of the participating warships remains elusive.

Here is the list of the warships seen during the week:

Number Name Type
A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Tender
A-579 TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasanpaşa Tender
A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör Tanker
F-241 TCG Turgutreis Frigate
F-243 TCG Yıldırım Frigate
F-244 TCG Barbaros Frigate
F-245 TCG Oruçreis Frigate
F-496 TCG Gökova Frigate
F-497 TCG Göksu Frigate
F-512 TCG Büyükada Corvette
P-333 TCG Tufan Fast attack craft
P-336 TCG Zıpkın Fast attack craft
P-337 TCG Atak Fast attack craft
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