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23 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
Today we have witnessed a procession of different types of Turkish warships and a submarine to the Black Sea:
While the reason(s) for their deployment to the Black Sea has not been public, it is safe to assume that some of them may engage with SNMG-2 ships still in the Black Sea.
The below text is from the official statement from NATO with an emphasize of mine:
Varna, Bulgaria – Last weekend from 19 till 22 September 2014, the two ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) Task Unit TWO (TU.02) stayed in Varna for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea.
Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO (Royal Canadian Navy) and SPS AMIRALTE JUAN de BORBON (Spanish Navy).
SNMG2 is visiting the port as part of the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and NATO’s readiness in the region.
“This visit has been planned for quite some time, and in light of current events it; has become all the more significant,” said Commander Jason Armstrong, Commander SNMG2 TU.02. “We are delighted to come and train together, eager to enhance our mutual understanding, and eager to bring a strong message to Bulgarian people and to all Allied Nations regarding NATO’s resolve and commitment to collective defence.
”In conjunction with the port visit, Commander NATO Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Hudson will visit with the Bulgarian Minister of Defence, Dr. Velizar Shalamanov, and Bulgarian Navy leaders to discuss maritime security and other issues of shared interest.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the Bulgarian Navy for their support in making this visit possible.” said Vice Admiral Hudson. “While this deployment to the Black Sea is reflective of our naval forces’ regular activities, it is also part of a broader set of military measures agreed upon by NATO’s highest political body, the North Atlantic Council, to reinforce our collective defence and demonstrate the strength of Allied solidarity.”
During the remainder of its deployment in the Black Sea, SNMG2 TU.02 will engage with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy and air and naval units from Turkey.
6 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
I have witnessed the northbound passage of the veteran boom defence ship TCG Ağ-5 through Bosphorus. In the age of long ranged ammunition the boom defence vessels are more or less useless for their original purpose. Thus TCG Ağ-5 is mainly used as a tug or buoy tender.
Yesterday she was towing a target barge with a multiple hits on it. I have no idea who shoot at it and where but someone had at least 3 hits on it.
3 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
This is Gearing class destroyer D-346 TCG Alçıtepe. She started her life in 1943 as USS Robert A. Owens. She served in USN until 16 February 1982 and transferred to Turkish Navy on the same day. She served in Turkish Navy for another 16 years. She was decommissioned in 1998. This photo was taken in 1989.
24 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
The resolution of the photo is not excellent but it is good enough to recognize the shapes of the warships of SNMCMG-2 making a port visit in Istanbul.
The NATO taskforce arrived, on 23 July 2014 in Istanbul, after making port visits in Varna Bulgaria and Constanta Romania. While in Bulgaria, the task force took part in the Bulgarian led naval exercise Breeze 2014.