ANS Soummam In Istanbul


The Chinese build Daxin class training ship of the Algerian Navy 937 ANS Soummam arrived in Istanbul for a visit on 27 July 2015.

This visit is part of the training cruise for the midshipmen of Algerian Navy.

Major General, Commander of Naval Forces Acting Mohamed Lakmech, inspected Saturday in Algiers on Soummam training ship before leaving today as part of a naval training campaign that will focus on five Mediterranean ports of call and ended on 3 August.
The educational campaign was 2015, with a duration of 36 days, will benefit a hundred career officers LMD students in 2nd year of the Naval Postgraduate School (ESN) it will be initiated by the Algiers-stop Zeebrugee (Belgium).
It will continue with those of the ports of Funchal, Madeira (Portugal), Tunis (Tunisia) and Istanbul (Turkey) before it is completed by docking at the port of Algiers.
In conducting the inspection of the ship, General Staff and commander of the Naval Forces Acting stressed the importance for students trainees to “put into practice what has been acquired theory to broaden their knowledge by learning about what is happening in the world.

The previous visit of ANS Soummam to Istanbul was in 2013.

Algerian Warship In Istanbul


937 ANS Soummam, the training ship of Algerian navy in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.


937 ANS Soummam, the training ship of Algerian navy in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.


937 ANS Soummam, the training ship of Algerian navy in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

The Chinese build Daxin class training ship of the Algerian Navy 937 ANS Soummam was in Istanbul for a visit.

This visit is a port of the training cruise for the midshipmen of Algerian Navy.

The ship docked Soummam yesterday the port of Istanbul (Turkey), said Wednesday the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement. This visit is part of the “execution of the instruction” summer campaign-2013 “where cadets of the Naval College consolidate the theoretical training with practical training,” said the same source. The ship was greeted by the defense attaché near the Embassy of Algeria in Turkey, accompanied by the Consul General and members of the Algerian diplomatic corps accredited to Ankara. A courtesy call will be made by the command of the ship to the civilian and military authorities of the city of Istanbul. An “Iftar” reception will be held on board the ship in honor of the diplomatic corps accredited to Ankara and the Algerian community in Turkey. During this call, cultural, tourism and sport program was established for the benefit of cadets and the ship Soummam in order to “enrich their scientific and cultural knowledge,” the source added. Before the port of Istanbul, Soummam school ship had docked the ports of Lisbon (Portugal), Portsmouth (UK), La Coruna (Spain) and Zeebrugge (Belgium).

The Mediterranean Odyssey of TCG Heybeliada (Part 2)

The Turkish corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada arrived in La Goulette Tunisia today after finishing her visit in Algeria.

TCG Heybeliada will stay in Tunisia till 6 July 2013.

According to the Algerian news portals the visit of TCG Heybeliada was within the framework of military cooperation between to nations.

Within the framework of military cooperation between Algeria and Turkey, the Turkish corvette TCG Heybeliada docked yesterday at the port of Algiers, during a stopover to spread until July 2.Entered service in September 2011, the vessel in question, 99 meters long, has a crew of 93 men between sailors and officers, and has its board a helicopter, as well as a mini-track aterrissage if we rely on the data sheet provided to reporters on his landing.   
weapons side, the corvette has eight anti-ship missiles Integred Defense Systems Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon, a launcher Mk.49 for Mod.3 21 missiles and a vertical surface to air launcher Raytheon RIM-162 ESSM Rolling Airframe Missile Block 1A missiles. 
TCG Heybeliada is also equipped with a retractable 76 mm gun, torpedoes, four 324 mm guns and two 12 , 7 mm. For electronic equipment, a three-dimensional naval surveillance radar and air surface Haselsan combat system and radar navigation round a table already well stocked with, among others, a hull sonar system and anti-torpedo decoy launching said “Sea Sentor SSTD.” 
When he arrived in Algiers, the crew of the corvette, led by Commander Bulent Bustano was received by the Commander of the Maritime Front Centre, General Mohamed Guelmami, pending the organization of a military exercises with the Algerian Navy.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday on board the ship, Colonel Yasar Camur is said to be “convinced” that he is beautiful “opportunities” in the fields of defense, security and the military industry to further strengthen relations between the two countries, the rest qualified “excellent” and said an agreement was signed between the two countries in September 2013. 

“The Turkish naval forces are prepared for possible exchange of experiences with our Algerian friends, as we participate in exercises and other military operations,” he said, recalling that in the wake of the relations between Algeria and Turkey are “old”.”We are Turks and Algerians, the descendants of Barbarossa,” he said not without observing that the fleets of the two countries often bear common names.  

The emphasize on the last paragraph is mine.

Here is a short video of TCG Heybeliada arriving in Algiers.

The Mediterranean Odyssey of TCG Heybeliada

 TCG Heybeliada, in Tripoli      Photo: Aimen Eljali

TCG Heybeliada, in Tripoli Photo: Aimen Eljali

The Ada class corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada is continuing her trip across the North African Countries.

After Alexandria Egypt, she has visited Tripoli Libya.

The first Turkish navy ship to enter Libyan waters since 1911, when the Ottomans lost what became Libya to the Italians, docked yesterday in Tripoli harbour. The frigate, TCG Heybeliada, arrived yesterday morning on a visit designed to promote Turkish-Libyan naval ties, including support for the Libyan navy.

The visit also celebrates the 500th anniversary of the world map drawn in 1513 by Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis and is part of North Africa tour to mark it.

As well as Tripoli, the frigate is visiting ports in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. It arrived from Alexandria.

At a press conference on board yesterday, attended by members of the Libyan navy, Turkish navy officers spoke both of the relations between the two countries and the need for naval cooperation between all Mediterranean countries, particularly in the field of military training. In Libya’s case, this was anticipated to include support from the Turkish navy in the rebuilding of the Libyan navy and training for Libyan naval cadets. It is also expected to include the construction of vessels as well as the provision of expertise and technical support, as well as an exchange of visits and consultations between officials of the two countries’ navies.

The vessel’s commander said during the press conference that what is now Libya and Turkey had enjoyed good relations for 500 years. Asked if the Turkish naval skill support had been offered to Libya, a Libyan navy officer said that a number of friendly countries has agreed to provide help and support.

The above report of the Libyan Herald ignores the fact that a number of Turkish warships docked in Libyan ports during the civil war in this country that ended the Qaddafi regime, but this is not my point.

The Moroccan port of Casablanca was the next stop for TCG Heybeliada after Tripoli.

Casablanca, June 25, 2013 (MAP) – The military ship TCG Heybeliada, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, visited Tuesday at Casablanca port for two days before heading to Spain before returning to Istanbul, its home port after 35 days journey.

This building, modern multi-role, was built entirely by the Turkish shipbuilding industry Milgem kind. It is 99.5 meters long, 2,400 tons and gauge uses two MTU diesel and turbine LM-2500 gas engines, said at a press briefing Captain Yachar Chamour.

This corvette, the first building of this class (Milgem) 85 sailors onboard account between officers and crew. It was launched in September 2008 and had made his first trip two years later in November 2010, he said, adding that the second ship will be operational in September.

It is equipped with electronic systems including weapon launchers cruise missiles and Harpoon anti-ship, anti-aircraft missiles RAM, the 76 mm gun and MK46 torpedo, explained the captain.

The Milgem class has a radius of 5,000 km, a top speed of 30 knots, can stay 45 days at sea and has a platform to accommodate a helicopter.

This visit to the port of Casablanca offers the opportunity to promote dialogue and cooperation and contribute to the development of military relations between the two countries, he said.

The Algerian capital, Algeria is the next scheduled port of call for TCG Heybeliada. She is planned to arrive there tomorrow and will remain till Tuesday.

I find this trip very interesting:

  • This is the first cruise of TCG Heybeliada for such a long duration. It will bring valuable lessons about operating this class, as a single unit for extended periods away from the organic support of Turkish Navy.
  • This tour is a very good way of increasing the soft power of Turkey in the region by using a Turkish designed and built warship. It is a text book example of power projection by naval forces in peace time operations.
  • I am sure that this voyage is also a part of the efforts to market the Ada class corvettes to foreign navies.

Further Reading:
TCG Heybeliada Starts Her Mediterranean Tour
The Mediterranean Cruise of TCG Heybeliada

NATO On SNMCMG-2’s Visit To Algeria

A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa and the SNMCMG-2 ships in Algeria. Photo: NATO

As reported earlier, the SNMCMG-2 left Algeria the second stop during their tour of North African States on 24th February.

NATO has released some photos and a short news report about that visit. Currently the task force should be in Casablanca, Morroco, but there are no official news about it.

Welcomed into port on  21 February by Algerian Naval Authorities, the Mine Hunters of the Group had a busy programme of courtesy calls,  receptions, and a visit organized for the crews to the Algerian Military Museum. Algerian Naval officers were welcomed aboard the Flagship TCG Sokullu Mehmetpasa for a tour and briefing by COM SNMCMG2, Captain Abdulhamit Sener.

“This was an extremely successful visit and once again demonstrated the importance of these port visits in enhancing and furthering NATO’s 
relations with Mediterranean Dialogue countries,” said Captain Sener. “The opportunity to meet the ambassadors, military attaches and consuls from NATO,PfP and MED Dialogue countries in the area alongside representatives of the Algerian Navy is a very valuable side product of 
these visits.”

As the ships left port on 24 February they were joined by the Algerian fast patrol boat EL CHIHAB for a Passage Exercise (PASSEX). This allowed NATO and Algerian crews to practice maneuvering and other skills. For the occasion an Algerian Navy sea rider boarded TCG SOKULLU MEHMETPASA to follow the exercise in the company of Captain Sener.

NATO Task Force Departed From Algeria

Today the NATO mine counter measures task force SNMCMG-2 has ended its 4 day port visit in Algeria. The next port of call for the task force will be Casablanca, Morroco.

The Port Visit will last from 21to 24 February and forms part of an extensive Programme for the Group aimed at increasing cooperation and understanding between NATO and Algeria.

The visit will allow NATO units to foster relationships with civilian and military authorities and offers the opportunity for national authorities to apprise themselves of SNMCMG2’s capabilities and ongoing activities. During the visit, the crews will have an opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites.

This is the current composition of SNMCMG-2:

A-577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Turkey Flagship
M-268 TCG Akcakoca Turkey Minehunter
M-34 SPS Turia Spain Minehunter
5556 ITS Alghero Italy Minehunter
M-30 HMS Ledbury UK Minehunter


Click for the previous Algeria visit of SNMCMG-2

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