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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.

TCG Burgazada Launched


TCG Burgazada on the slipway ready to be launched. The first section of TCG Kınalıada is already assembled and is ready to be put on the slipway. This photo was taken earlier this week.


Same scene from a slightly different angle.

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:

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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.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 21)

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.


Russian buoy tender KIL-158 returns from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Alper Böler.


Russian Krivak class frigate Ladny returns back to her home base. Photo: Yörük Işık.


Kashin class destroyer Smetlivy, made her northbound passage together with the Krivak class Ladny Photo: Serhat Güvenç.


Destroyer Smetlivy (left) and frigate Ladny in the same picture. Photo: Yörük Işık.


Russian auxiliary Vologda-50 returns from Syria with 3 containers. Photo: Alper Böler


Romanian Border Police craft MAI-1104 makes a northbound passage through Bosphorus. She took part in Frontex operations in Aegean. Photo: Alper Böler.


The newest warship of Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Grigorovich made her début passage through Turkish Straits.


Admiral Grigorovich making her northbound passage.


Ropucha class landing ship Tsezar Kunikov sails southbound for her Syrian deployment.


Stern view of USS Porter. The SeaRam self-defence system that combines the sensors of Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS with RIM-116 missiles.


USS Porter sailing northbound.


US Navy destroyer USS Porter made her first deployment in 2016 to the Black Sea.


Tug, MB-31 made a southbound passage. Will she return with the third improved Kilo class submarine of the Black Sea Fleet? Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Turkish Navy Released A Video About Beyaz Fırtına Naval Exercise

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.

TCG Burgazada Is Ready For Launch

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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.

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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.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2016 (Part 20)


Landing ship Yamal making her 4 deployment in 2016. Her last passage through Turkish Straits was in February. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt.


Landing ship Minsk returned from her 8. Syrian deployment in 2016. Photo: Serhat Güvenç.


Russian Alligator class landing ship Saratov passed through Istanbul.


Dvinitsa-50 going to Syria. She appears to be lightly loaded. Photo: Yörük Işık


Russian tanker Iman making a southbound passage through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık.


Romanian Coast Guard vessel Stefan Cel Mare passed through Istanbul . She is most probably going for a Frontex Operation somewhere in Mediterranean or Aegean.

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

Beyaz Fırtına Naval Exercise

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.


F-497 TCG Göksu fires a RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM)


F-491 TCG Giresun fires a RIM-66 Standart Missile 1. (SM-1)


A S-70B Seahawk helicopter fires an AGM-114K Hellfire II missile.

Below is the list some of the ships took part in the exercise:

Number Name Type
A-573 Binbaşı Saadettin Gürcan Tanker
A-580 Akar Tanker
F-243 Yıldırım Frigate
F-246 Salihreis Frigate
F-247 Kemalreis Frigate
F-491 Giresun Frigate
F-492 Göksu Frigate
F-500 Bozcada Corvette
F-511 Heybeliada Corvette
F-512 Büyükada Corvette
M-270 Akçay Mine hunter
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
S-356 Anafartalar Submarine

The Sinking Of Ex TCG Zafer

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

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Ex TCG Zafer being towed in Çanakkale Strait on 30 April 2016. Photo: Murad Sezer. I thought that the she was being towed to the ship breakers in Aliağa. But her fate was different.

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These are official Turkish Navy photos taken from a helicopter during the sinking of ex- TCG Zafer. The shape of the hull is not much different compared to the photo taken in Çanakkale. This indicates that she was not hit by any other weapons or missiles. This photo shows the initial explosion of a torpedo warhead under the keel of the ship. The force of the explosion lifts the ship up.

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The shock wave of the detonation travels through the hull of the ship creating further damage. The ship is broken in two and is lost.

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The fracture line going from port to the starboard side of the ship can be seen just below the funnel.

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Water ingress through the fracture, separates the two halves and they begin to sink.

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It’s time to say goodby to a ship that faithfully served both U.S and Turkish Navies.


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