10th Anniversary

When I started this blog 10 years ago, I had no idea where it would take me. I had –and still have- things to share and things to say and I knew blogging was –and still is- the right media to address the world.

Blogging in English was a deliberate choice and to be frankly quite a challenge. My grammar and typing mistakes may hurt the eyes of native speakers, but I sincerely hope that the content you got may ease your pain.

It was not a smooth sailing. When a Turkish Court blocked the Blogspot, the original platform I was using, I had no idea whether I should continue or not and if yes how. The migration to WordPress, 8 years ago, was a big leap of faith for me but it worked fine. The Twitter account of this blog has been a good addition and an excellent platform for instant blogging.

Personally, the most satisfying moments were, when I was creating the news instead of relaying press releases or news articles prepared by somebody else.

Through this blog I was able to meet many wonderful people, must online, some in person and share ideas, information and thoughts. I am very grateful for this.

I would like to thank my family. Actually, I can’t thank them enough for every minute I spent on this blog is a minute less spent with them.

And finally, I would like to thank all my readers and followers. Without your continued feedback, interest and engagement this journey would not be this interesting.

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Notice To Mariners

There will very light or no blogging until further notice.

Fifth Anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of this blog.

This is my 976th post, thus I post 195 entries per year on average. In 2011 I had 568 views per day, in 2012 it was 686. This year it is 831. Not bad for a very specialized blog with a very focused content. 

To be honest I had no idea how long and how far I could travel along this path when I started this blog. Now I realize that it opened a new chapter in my life. Through this blog I was able to meet with a lot of people -most of them online, some of them in person- who shared my interest in maritime affairs in this region.

I would like to thank each and every one who has contributed to this blog. I hope you are enjoying reading this blog as much as I’m enjoying writing it.

First Photos Of The Interceptor Craft Built For The Qatar Navy

Q42, one of the 3 MRTP 16 class interceptors Yonca Onuk Shipyard is building for Qatar Naval Forces, escorted by one MRTP 19 class boat of Turkish Coast Guard.

During the Dimdex 2012 maritime defence exhibition in Qatar, it was announced that the Turkish shipyard Yonca Onuk has signed a contract with Qatar Armed Forces. According to the contract Turkish shipyard is building 3 MRTP 16 class interceptors and 3 MRTP 34 class fast patrol boats for the Qatar Naval Forces. This is the second contract Yonca Onuk has signed in the Gulf Region. Their  first customer was the United Arab Emirates for 34 boats.

These are probably the first photos of the MRTP 16 class taken. The craft is not armed but there is a platform just at the aft end of the cabin where a remotely controlled stabilized gun mount can be installed.

Q42, one of the 3 MRTP 16 class interceptors Yonca Onuk Shipyard is building for Qatar Naval Forces.

Q42 from a different angle.

SG-23 TCSG 23. Turkish Coast Guard’s Kaan 19 class boat escorting the Qatari craft.

Stratfor Uses Bosphorus Naval News As A Source. So Why Don’t You?

Today I was reading one of the hacked e-mails from the private US intelligence company Stratfor. Last year in December a hacker collective known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for crashing the Web site of the Stratfor Global Intelligence Service. The hacker declared that they have obtained the full client list including their credit cards information, as well as over 200 GB of email correspondence.

Since the beginning of March these e-mails are being published by Wikileaks and other associated websites. So of these e-mail especially those about Turkey and Turkish politics found a large audience in Turkish media.

While I was reading this particular e-mail with the subject line “Re: Discussion – Turkey/MIL – The Turkish Navy” dated “Jul 2, 2009 20:01” with Email ID 982788, I have realized that one of the indicated sources in the attached word file and used for the basis of the analyses was my own blog.

My blog post on the acquisition plans of 2 three masted schooner type training ships was one of the referred sources. I was delighted to see that Stratfor used my postings as a source for their work but I was also saddened that I have been largely misinterpreted by the Stratfor analyst.

Well, read the Stratfor mail and my blog post and decide for yourself.

 

Bosphorus Naval News Is On DefencePoint (UPDATED)

The DefencePOint, one of the few Greek military blogs that is worth of reading has published my story about the ESSM test of Turkish Navy.

They have also used the photo showing the firing of the missile from this blog.

Unfortunately the bloggers at this blog (initially) forgot to mention my blog as the source of the photo and their story. But the photo is visible and you can compare the photo and wording that story to mine.

Well I am not surprised anymore to see my stories or photos being used by other web sites or blogs that conveniently forget to mention this blog as the source.

But I am surprised by the remarks such as “As illustrated by the remarkable site” or “this portal is distinguished by seriousness and professionalism”.

UPDATE:

The DefencePoint made yesterday an announcement that have made the above mentioned omission without any bad intention.

I accept this announcement and thank them for their kind words about me and my work.

I am only happy to  reciprocate their good natured wishes in a same manner and courtesy.

Notice To Mariners

There will be light posting or no blogging until further notice.

 

 

Bosphorus Naval News Is On War Is Boring

 One of the most interesting and influential blog of the military blogsphere, War  Is Boring, published a photo from this website.

The photo showing Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Turgutreis and British assault  ship L-15 HMS Bulwark  was first published on this blog on 16th April 2009.  The photo was taken during the Egemen 2009 naval exercise.

Unfortunately the bloggers at War Is Boring forgot to mention my blog as  the source of the photo, but the watermark on the photo is visible. So now you know were that photo came.

Click here for the original blog post with the photo or click here just for the photo.

Third Anniversary

Today is the third anniversary of this blog.

Last year two important changes have happened. First I had to change my service provider from Google’s blogger to wordpress as most of the Google’s IP addresses were blocked by a court order in Turkey for a considerable duration of time.

The second and in my opinion the important change was the merger of my other website the Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy with my blog.  I have started my website about the Turkish Navy way back in 1998 before the official site of Turkish Navy was online. But those pages were, because of their nature very static, very Web 1.0 compared to blogging. Today the information on those pages are  accessible through the menu at the header of the blog.

This is the 597th post on my blog. I have become a little more prolific writer in the last year. This due to the fact that currently I am between jobs and have more time to write for my blog.

I have received 276 comments and hundreds of spam. I thank each and everyone who has taken some time to write a comment or send me an e-mail.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

A Necessary Move

As you might have noticed the Bosphorus Naval News has changed its application provider. We are now using WordPress services.

The tug of war between Google (Blogger) and the Unnamed Digital TV company and the blocking of many IP addresses of Google was the primary reason for this change. I was able to reach my blog.

As WordPress is different from blogger my blog is not what it used to be. I have tried to keep the changes at a minimum.

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