Russian Border Police Vessel Took Part In Turkish Led Exercise


TCSG Dost was one of the Turkish participants to the Black Sea Hawk exercise.


TCSG Güven served as the observation platform for guests and press.


MAI-1105 Stefen Cel Mare was the Romanian participant to the exercise.


Bulgaria was present with the patrol craft Obzor.


The Russian Coast Guard participated with Rubin class patrol boat Zemchuk.

Turkish Coast Guard hosted the international exercise Black Sea Hawk, in Istanbul.

The two-day exercise started on 18 August 2015 and ended the next day.

The aim of this exercise was to increase and improve the workability and cooperation agreement between the Security Services of the Black Sea nations. Border Police and Coast Guard units from Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Turkey have taken part in the exercise.

On 18 August 2015 there was an opening ceremony at the Coast Guard base in Istanbul. The sea phase of the exercise was held on 19 August 2015 off the Black Sea coast of Istanbul.
The participating units departed from the base early in the morning and performed joint training on repelling asymmetrical threads, medical evacuation, search and rescue, boarding a hijacked boat.

As host Turkish Coast Guard provided one plane, two helicopters, one special operations team, two security teams, 4 large vessels and two OPV’s: TCSG Dost and TCSG Güven.
Bulgaria took part with Damen Stan Patrol 4207 class boat 525 Obzor. Romanian Border Police was present with the Damen OPV 900 class MAI-1105 Stefen Cel Mare. And the Russian participant was Rubin class patrol ship 052 Zemchuk.

This exercise was the first of any joint activity between the Black Sea states since the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Notably Georgia and Ukraine did not participate in the exercise. Prior to the occupation of Crime, all Black Sea navies participated to the Black Sea For task force which was activated twice in a year. The BlackSeaFor initiated by Turkey has played an important role in increasing interaction among the Black Sea littoral states’ navies. The BlackSeaFor activations stopped with the annexation of Crime by Russia.
The Black Sea Hawk exercise is important as it is a sign that the ice is melting in the Black Sea and there is a political will to keep the interaction alive even in a low-level

A Dream Day For A Ship Spotter

Although Istanbul is on a very busy maritime city, we seldom witness so many naval action in one day and see so many different warships from different countries at the same time.

There were three frigates of NATO’s SNMG-2, five coast guard vessels from five Black Sea nations, one Japanese coast guard training ship plus various Turkish naval and coast guard vessels. It was a wonderful day to enjoy the breeze at the Bosphorus and to be a ship spotter.

SNMG-2 Ships:

F-217 FGS Bayern and F-712 FS Courbet

F-495 TCG Gediz

The coast guard vessels were in Istanbul to participate the one day naval exercise Black Sea Hawk 2012. This exercise is conducted for the first time this year and it aims to improve cooperation and interoperability between among the Black Sea Littoral States Border/Coast Guard Authorities.

Turkish built, Georgian Coast Guard Vessel P-24 Sokhumi. She is dwarfed by the cruise ship Celebrity Equinox

Bulgarian coast guard vessel 525 Sozopol.

Ukrainian coast guard vessel BG-57 Mikoliav

Russian coast guard vessel 050 Rubin.

Romanian coast guard vessel MAI-1105 Stefan Cel Mare, behind Japanese coast guard ship PL-21 JCG Kojima and inside of Bulgarian vessel 525 Sozopol.

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-303

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-106

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-312

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-90

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-93

The Japanese coast guard authorized in 1990 the building of a new training ship. That ship is now in Istanbul PL-21 JCG Kojima is the training ship of the Japanese Coast Guard is in on her annual global training cruise.

PL-21 JCG Kojima

The naval activity during the day was not limited to the visits of SNMG-2 and JCG Kojima and the Black Sea Hawk 2012 exercise. Here are some photos from the ordinary daily naval activity in Bosphorus:

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-19

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-12 at full speed transit.

Turkish coast guard vessel TCSG-5

Turkish naval tanker A-572 TCG Yüzbaşı İhsan Tulunay

Turkish fast attack craft P-332 TCG Mızrak at dusk.

%d bloggers like this: