TCSG Yaşam Was Handed Over To Turkish Coast Guard

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SG-704 TCSG Yaşam was handed over to Turkish Coast Guard. Photo: RMK Marine

On 13 May 2014 RMK Marine finally handed over the last ship of Dost class OPV to Turkish Coast Guard.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 Mays 2008.

The design of the these ships are based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri. With this ships Turkish Coast Guard is able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher. These ships also have greater endurance than the coast guard cutters mainly used.

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Deniz Aslanı Search And Rescue Exercise

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SG-702 TCSG Güven and SG-703 TCSG Umut in İzmir, before the start of the exercise. Photo: Zeynep Yaylalı

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SG-702 TCSG Güven and SG-703 TCSG Umut in İzmir, before the start of the exercise. Photo: Zeynep Yaylalı

Last week between 6 and 9 May 2014, Turkish Armed forces conducted the Deniz Aslanı Search And Rescue exercise.

The first phase of the exercise the rescuers responded to a simulated ship sinking with 92 passengers and 12 crew on board. In the send phase of the exercise survivors of a plane crash were located and rescued by the participating units.

The Gabya class frigate F-496 TCG Gökova from Turkish Navy, the Dost class OPV’s TCSG Umut and TCSG Güven plus 6 patrol boats from Turkish Coast Guard and numerous air units took part in the exercise.

Turkish Warships On Bosphorus

The Dost class OPV of Turkish Coast Guard and one unidentified Turkish submarine were seen passing through the Bosphorus on 21 January 2013.

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SG-702 TCSG Güven on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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SG-702 TCSG Güven on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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A Turkish Type 209/1200 class submarine on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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A Turkish Type 209/1200 class submarine on Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

TCSG Umut In Messina

SG-703 TCSG Umut, docking in Messina. Photo: essepress.com

SG-703 TCSG Umut, docking in Messina. Photo: essepress.com

Turkish Coast Guard vessel SG-703 TCSG Umut is making her first foreign port visit to Messina, Italy. This might be the first ever visit of a Turkish Coast Guard vessel to Italy.

Under the Plan of bilateral cooperation between the Turkish and Italian Coast Guard to allow the exchange of information and mutual experiences in the areas of search and rescue (SAR), control of migration flows and vessel traffic (VTS system operation), control Fisheries and contrast modes marine pollution and illegal trafficking of waste, arrived this morning at the port of Messina the Turkish Coast Guard Ship TCSG UMUT (703).

The Turkish patrol the high seas is a unit of 88.80 meters at whose command is placed Lieutenant Commander Cuneyt KARA. The mission commander is Captain Ertan BALCI. The crew consists of 90 people including 15 officers.
The unit was met at the dock and then the Turkish delegation was received by the Commander Master CV Samiani, in the presence of the Commander of Maridist CV Legrottaglie. During the morning were then made protocol visits to the Port Authority, the Mayor of Messina and the Prefect. The command of the ship then called the authorities on board for lunch.

The choice of which port of call in Messina Unit was motivated by the opportunity for crew members to visit both the Italian Coast Guard vessels stationed in the port of Messina, both the Centre and the School of VTS Messina. Tomorrow will be made some visits to structures and naval units of the Coast Guard, under the command of Paul ZUMBO CV and the Navy found in Messina, as well as social and sports activities will be held joint.

Messina is a fitting place for TCSG Umut as she is based on Sirio class OPV vessels of Italian Navy. Besides Italians naval enforcement agencies face very similar challenges like their Turkish counter parts therefore establishing operational relations ships and exchanging experiences will mutually benefit all parties.

The Dost class vessels are the largest vessels ever used by Turkish Coast Guard and have longest range of all coast guard units. Thus Turkish Coast Guard needs to establish procedures for long-range deployments and need to learn their ships capabilities and limitation is the open seas.

TCSG Güven Commissioned

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TCSG Dost, sister ship of TCSG Güven seen here during one of the builders trials.

The third off shore patrol vessel for the Turkish Coast Guard, SG-702 TCSG Güven was delivered today to the end user.

The design of the these ships are based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri. With the commissioning of these ships Coast Guard will be able to perform its duties mainly search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year.

These are the first large ships of the Turkish Coast Guard which never used any boat with a large displacement than 200 tons. Their primary task will be search and rescue missions on heavy seas and in bad weather when the smaller boats cannot operate. Secondary missions will be showing the flag, patrolling the seas and prevention of smuggling.

The first two ships SG-701 TCSG Dost and SG-703 TCSG Umut were commissioned in May 2013. The forth ship SG-704 TCSG Yaşam is scheduled to be commissioned in January 2015.

This ceremony was also a good opportunity for RMK Marine to polish its reputation and maybe to mend its tainted relations with the government.

TCSG Dost Started Her Duties In The Black Sea

SG-701 TCSG Dost in Samsun. Photo: Official Turkish General Staff Photo.

The first pair of offshore Patrol vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard have arrived to their home ports and started to their duties.

SG-701 TCSG Dost is located in Samsun and SG-703 TCSG Umut is located in Marmaris.  TCSG Dost started her duties in the Black Sea on 19 May 2013. It is not clear now when TCSG Umut will start her duties but I do not think it will take too long.

Both ships  were commissioned in Turkish Coast Guard on 5 April 2013.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year. Similarly TCSG Umut was launched in 2011 and supposed to enter into service this year. So TCSG Dost is entering two years late and TCSG Umut is entering into service just about time.

These are the first large ships of the Turkish Coast Guard which never used any boat with a large displacement than 200 tons. Their primary task will be search and rescue missions on heavy seas and in bad weather conditions when the smaller boats cannot operate. Secondary missions will be showing the flag, patrolling the seas and prevention of smuggling.

This class of ships have fire fighting equipment and a hangar and a flight deck for helicopter operations.

SG-701 TCSG Dost in Samsun. Photo: Official Turkish General Staff Photo.

UPDATE: I have corrected the names of the ships. I should not be posting when tired.

TCSG Dost And TCSG Umut To Be Commissioned

SG701 TCSG Dost on builders trials two years ago.

SG701 TCSG Dost on builders trials two years ago.

Two new vessels will join Turkish Coast Guard tomorrow.

The first ship of the new search and rescue ship TCSG Dost and the third ship of the class TCSG Umut are joining the Turkish Coast Guard with a ceremony held at the RMK Shipyard.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship TCSG Dost was laid on 3 May 2008. She was launched on 9 June 2010 and was supposed to enter service last year. Similarly TCSG Umut was launched in 2011 and supposed to enter into service this year. So TCSG Dost is entering two years late and TCSG Umut is entering into service just about time.

But what happened to the second ship of the class TCSG Güven which was launched in 2011? When will she commissioned, why is she delayed? 

TCSG Umut On Builders Trials

The large coast guard search and rescue ship SG703 TCSG Umut on sea trials.

If I had arrived 10 minutes earlier, I would be able to take a better photo of TCSG Umut from the broadside showing more of the ship; instead I have this photo taken at the large end of my telephoto lens and cropped at %100 size.

TCSG Umut is the third ship of the class was was launched on 31st May 2011. The first ship of the class TCG Dost was launched in June 2010 and was supposed to be handed over to the end user in March 2012. Similarly the second ship of the class TCSG Güven las launched in December 2010 and was scheduled for a transfer to the Turkish Coast Guard in May 2012.

I think the fact that the ship was sailing to the open seas for trials on Saturday, shows that the builder is feeling the pressure to deliver. anyway I wish TCSG Umut – means hope in English- friendly seas and following winds.

 

Aerial Reconnaissance

This is a photo of F-512 TCG Büyükada the second ship of Milgem Class, taken from an airplane window.

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She was launched on 27th September 2012. Since then she is being fitted in Istanbul Naval Shipyard. The construction seems to be focused on the forecastle and on the flight deck. There is  a scaffolding around the mast. Judging the state of her construction she might be ready for commissioning in 2013.

The four ships of Dost class together

In this photo all four Dost class large search and rescue ships being constructed for the Turkish Coast Guard can be seen at the RMK Shipyard. SG-701 TCSG Dost, and SG-702 TCG Güven were launched in 2010 and SG-703 TCSG Umut was launched in 2011.  SG-704 TCG Yaşam is still on the slipyard.

The contract for the construction of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard was signed on 16 January 2007. The keel of the first ship was laid on 3 Mayıs 2008. The design of the these ships are based on the Sirio class vessels produced by Italian Fincantieri.  According to original news reports from 2008 – 2010 era, TCSG Dost was supposed to be handed over to Turkish Coast Guard in 2011 and the other two ships were scheduled for delivery in this year.

The Sea Trials Of TCSG Dost Continues

A Turkish Coast Guard AB-412 EP helicopter on board of SG-701 TCSG Dost. Official Turkish Coast Guard photo.

According to the official webpage of Turkish General Staff, the sea trials of the coast guard vessel SG-701 TCSG Dost is continuing. She was launched on 9th July 2010. The Turkish General Staff reported that on 7th February 2012 a Turkish Coast Guard AB-412 EP helicopter performed  take off and landing tests on board of TCSG Dost at day and night

TCSG Dost is the first ship of a batch of 4 ships at RMK Marine Shipyard. The second ship SG-702 TCSG Güven was launched in December 2010.

With the commissioning of these ships, Turkish Coast Guard will be able to perform search and rescue in sea state 5 and higher. These ships are the first Turkish Coast Guard vessels, that can support helicopter operations.

Based on Italian Commandante-Siro class, the ships have a displacement of 1,700 tons. Main features of the vessels: length 88.40 metres, breadth 12.20 metres, maximum speed 22 knots, range 3,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.

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