13 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
To celebrate the Bastille Day, I am posting the photo of the French T-53 class destroyer D-633 FS Duperre. This photo was taken in 1989.
2 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
On 30 June 2014 a fleet of 4 landing craft was sighted moving towards the Black Sea.
TCG Ç-151, TCG Ç-155, TCG Ç-156, TCG Ç-157, the half of the 8 new LCT craft Turkish Navy has procured sailed to an unknown destination. Together they could carry up to 12 main battle tanks or up to 1000 troops.
22 Jun 2014 2 Comments
Almost one year later, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is in Istanbul again.
According to NATO Maritime Command web site the SNMG 2 is made up from the following ships: F-105 SPS Cristobal Colon as flagship, F-247 TCG Kemalreis, FFG-50 USS Taylor, 334 HMCS Regina and A-630 FS Marne. The task force, without the US and French warships arrived in Istanbul on 19 June 2014 afternoon.
The big question is where it will sail when their port visit is over? To the Black Sea or to the Mediterranean?
15 Jun 2014 3 Comments
This is the first post of a new feature I would like to share.
Now I have the opportunity to digitize my archive of film negatives. Thus I can easily upload and share the photos of warships I have taken before the digital age of photography.
Every week I will post a warship from my archive, long decommissioned from service and probably ended in a break yard or used as a target.
So the first post of the new feature I have selected a photo of CG-26 USS Belknap as the flagship of US 6th Fleet. This photo was taken in October 1991.
5 Mar 2014 2 Comments
The flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the Krivak III (Project 1135.1) class frigate Hetman Sahaidachny passed through the Turkish Straits today and is now in the Black Sea. I have no information about her destination. It can be Sevastopol or Odessa. We will know better tomorrow.
The ship was doing anti piracy operations first with the CTF-151 and later with Operation Atalanta since September 2013.
A large Ukrainian flag was hoisted as she was passing through the Bosphorus contrary to the earlier reports that she has changed flags. During her passage she was escorted by large patrol boat TCSG-90 from Turkish Coast Guard. Turkish Coast Guard vessels usually escort foreign warships during their passages through Turkish Straits.
A few minutes later a Turkish Meko 200 class frigate TCG Yavuz passed through the Bosphorus and followed the Ukrainian warship towards the Black Sea.
I do not think that the Turkish warship was shadowing the Ukrainian frigate or escorting her, but the presence of the Turkish frigate was not a coincidence either.
22 Nov 2013 1 Comment
After finishing her 15 day Odyssey in the Black Sea, the flag-ship of the US 6th Fleet, LCC-20 USS Mount Whitney passed through the Turkish Straits on 20 November 2013 and returned to the Mediterranean.
19 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The Barbaros (MEKO 200 Track IIB) class frigate TCG Kemalreis was sighted today passing through Bosphorus with her new radar.
When these ships were commissioned they had BAE Systems AWS-9 3D radar to provides long-range surveillance and target indication data. But the difficult and sometimes dangerous maintenance and the structural complexity of the AWS-9 radars made this change necessary.
TCG Kemalreis is the 7th ship in Turkish Navy to receive this radar. The others are F-246 TCG Salihreis, F-495 TCG Gediz, F-496 TCG Gökova, F-497 TCG Göksu, F-511 TCG Heybeliada, F-512 TCG Büyükada.