30 Jun 2016 Leave a comment
Italian helicopter cruiser, C-550 ITS Vittorio Veneto in Istanbul. She visited Istanbul a few times before being decommissioned in 2003. I have no date for this photo but it looks like late 1990’s.
15 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
M-262 TCG Enez, Engin class mine hunter from Turkish Navy is taking part in Italian mine warfare exercise Italian Minex 2015 as part of NATO SNMCMG-2.
The training involves all the staff and facilities of the strength of mine countermeasures based in La Spezia and forces European and NATO mine countermeasures, including Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey and the participation of observers from different Nations such as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, the United States, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The purpose of the exercise is to train the staff, employed on board and ashore, to plan and conduct effective remediation of the seabed by working in a scenario that plays, as realistically as possible, a situation of crisis in which the threat is not It is predictable. The task force will be able to make a complete mapping of the seabed are able to discover, locate and identify any object visually / threat present beneath the surface.
This is the list of the other participants as far as could find:
|M-1063||FGS Bad Bevensen||Minehunter||Germany|
8 Mar 2015 1 Comment
The ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) arrived to-day to the Bulgarian port Varna. There is a very strong north wind in the Black Sea throughout the weekend and I think the sailors are happy to be in a port in this weather. According to the excellent Bulgarian blog SeaDog, the flagship of the task force USS Vicksburg did not enter the harbor due to strong winds. She is expected to arrive on 8 March 2015.
“Our Sailors are excited to visit Varna and to interact with the people who represent this city and nation,” said Rear Admiral Williamson. “More importantly, we are looking forward to getting back underway and training with the professional mariners of the Bulgarian Navy.”
During the port visit, SNMG2 leadership will meet with local Bulgarian authorities and Navy officials to discuss numerous issues of shared importance, to include exercises in the Black Sea.
SNMG2 is in the Black Sea as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to the region to assure NATO Allies of the Alliance’s commitment to collective defense. During the deployment, SNMG2 ships are training with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish Navies.
According to Russian websites the first two ship of the task force to enter the Black Sea USS Vicksburg and TCG Turgutreis were greeted by Russian Su-24 and Su-30 warplanes.
30 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
One of the NATO’s largest exercise Brilliant Mariner 2013 is continuing in the Mediterranean.
The exercise, which will end on 6 October 2013, will take place in the Tyrrhenian Sea between Sicily and Sardinia.
Over five thousand military and naval personnel from 12 NATO nations comprising Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany , Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate in this major annual exercise.
25 warships, including one aircraft carrier, 12 frigates, one amphibious warfare ship, one auxiliary ship and 7 mines countermeasures vessels will be involved, alongside a wide variety of aircraft, submarines and embarked marines. Two submarines and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft will also take part.
I was able to compile the most of the participating ships with the help of Russian radio scanners:
|C-550||ITS Cavour||Aircraft Carrier||Italy|
|D-554||ITS Caio Duilio||Destroyer||Italy|
|D-561||ITS Francesco Mimbelli||Destroyer||Italy|
|P-490||ITS Comandante Cigala Fulgosi||OPV||Italy|
|P-493||ITS Comandante Foscari||OPV||Italy|
|L-9893||ITS San Marco||LPD||Italy|
|F-103||ESPS Blas De Lezo||Frigate||Spain|
|F-218||FGS Meclenburg- Vorpommern||Frigate||Germany|
|S-522||ITS Salvatore Pelosi||Submarine||Italy|
|M-1061||FGS Rottweil||Mine hunter||Germany|
|M-264||TCG Erdemli||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|5558||ITS Crotone||Mine hunter||Italy|
|5552||ITS Milazzo||Mine hunter||Italy|
Any additions and corrections are most welcome.
9 Feb 2013 Leave a comment
The Italian aircraft carrier C-550 ITS Cavour arrived in Marmaris as planned, today.
The Italian task force commanded by Rear Admiral Carlo Massagli, consists of carrier ITS C-550 Cavour, destroyer D-554 ITS Calio Dulio and the fleet tanker A-5327 ITS Stromboli.
The destroyer and the tanker have docked at the Aksaz Naval Base adjacent to the touristic town of Marmaris. The highly visible aircraft carrier however docked at the port in Marmaris usually used by large passenger ships.
According to Wikipedia, Cavour was laid down by Fincantieri on 17 July 2001, and she was launched from the RivaTrigoso shipyard in SestriLevante, on 20 July 2004.
The ship is designed to combine fixed wing V/STOL and helicopter air operations, command and control operations and the transport of military or civil personnel and heavy vehicles. The 134 metre, 2,800 m2 hangar space can double as a vehicle hold capable of holding up to 24 main battle tanks or many more lighter vehicles, and is fitted aft with access ramps rated to 70 tons, as well as two elevators rated up to 30 tons for aircraft. Cavour can also operate as Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH), accommodating heavy transport helicopters and 325 marines.
The ship is armed with following weapons:
The Italian ships will stay in Marmaris until 12th February 2013.
Click here for the video of Cavour in Marmaris.
Click here for more photos.
8 Feb 2013 1 Comment
Tomorrow, on 9th February 2013 the Italian aircraft carrier C-550 ITS Cavour will start a port visit in Marmaris, Muğla.
The Andrea Doria class destroyer D-554 ITS Calio Dulio and the fleet tanker A-5327 ITS Stromboli are escorting the aircraft carrier. The destroyer and the tanker are going to dock in Aksaz Naval Base adjacent to the town of Marmaris where as the aircraft carrier will dock to the pier reserved for large passenger ships in Marmaris town where she will be highly visible to everyone.
What’s good is an aircraft carrier if you cannot show off with it? Right.
22 Nov 2012 Leave a comment
According to Russian website Rusnavy.com, the Russian destroyer Smetlivy left Italy.
She was in the Mediterranean Sea to take part in the joint Russo-Italian naval exercise IONIEX-2012. Smetlivy apparently suffered a problem with her fuel system so that it was necessary to repair her in Taranto naval base. She will join other Russian ships already in the Mediterranean and they will altogether sail to Gulf of Aden to combat piracy.
It was earlier said that one of oil pump blocks was broken down on BSF destroyer Smetlivy that had called at Italian port Taranto after completion of the IONIEX-2012 joint naval exercise. The ship’s commanding staff decided to ask Italian partners to help.
In order to eliminate the failure found in the Russian destroyer, Italian Navy’s workshops made the needed parts in a day. When the crew had finished all repair works, Smetlivy departed from Taranto in the evening of Nov 13 and is currently heading for assigned zone in the Mediterranean Sea.
BSF task group consisting of Guards missile cruiser Moskva, landing ship Saratov, and replenishment tanker Ivan Bubnov is performing combat training tasks in the East Mediterranean.
The ships are holding joint tactical drills practicing short-range antisubmarine and antiaircraft warfare. It is planned to conduct watch officer drills, train signalmen and radar operators, and carry out damage control drills.
The task group will be soon reinforced by BSF landing ship Novocherkassk which is to pass the Black Sea Straits in the next few days.
Late in Nov, the task group will pass the Suez Canal and start anti-piracy mission near the Horn of Africa early in Dec, reports Russian defense ministry
29 May 2012 Leave a comment
According to NATO, the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) ended its participation in Italian Minex 12, an annual exercise directed by the Italian Navy MCM Forces Command
The Exercise Started on 14th May and ended on 28th May, involved 14 naval units from Italy and SNMCMG2 as well as bomb-disposal specialists from Italy and France. The NATO Underwater Research Centre (NURC) also participated with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) capable of carrying out underwater inspections in support of MCM operations.
The Group is maintained at high-readiness and can deploy as required by the Alliance even at strategic distance. It is made up of ships from various Allied nations which train and operate together throughout the year and participate in numerous exercises conducted by the Alliance, as a mine-countermeasure force. The primary task is to defend sea routes from the underwater mine threat. As a secondary task the group collects important data on the marine environment and sea bottom, which contributes to scientific research.
8 Dec 2011 1 Comment
According to NATO, SNMG-2 has passed through the Suez Canal some time between December 2nd and today and the task force consisting of Turkish flagship F-491 TCG Giresun and Italian frigate F-571 ITS Grecale is sailing to Djibouti to join Task Force 508.
TCG GIRESUN, the new flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 recently rendezvoused in the eastern Mediterranean with Italian frigate ITS GRECALE.
The Group has now passed through passed the Suez Canal and is sailing to Djibouti to join Task Force 508.
SNMG 2 is a multinational integrated maritime force that forms part of the NATO Response Force and operates under the command of the Allied Maritime Command in Naples. Permanently activated and held at high readiness, it is a mobile and flexible force that allows the Alliance to respond to today’s security challenges. SNMG2 is currently under the command of Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turkish Navy.
According to Turkish Navy, after the rendezvous in Djibouti the composition of Task Force 508 will be as follows:
|F-491||TCG Giresun (Flagship)||Turkey||Frigate|
|FFG-45||USS De Wert||USA||Frigate|
|A-387||HMS Fort Victoria||UK||Replenishment Tanker|