Turkish Navy Sinks An Old Landing Ship During Exercise

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One of the two torpedoes fired at ex Serdar finds its target.

The decommissioned Terrebonne Parish Class tank landing ship Serdar left us with a big bang.

On 30 May 2014 she was sunk as a target during the final day of the Beyaz Fırtına 2014 naval exercise.

She did not down easily. She was hit by a FIM-92 Stinger, two AGM-114 Hellfire and one RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles. According to media report one AGM-119 Penguin missiles is also fired at ex- Serdar but I was not able to verify this visually. On 3 June 2014 Turkish Navy published some photos from the firing exercise one photo clearly show the firing of the Penguin missile.

One Turkish Seahawk helicopter is firing a AGM-114 Penguin missile to LST Serdar.

One Turkish Seahawk helicopter is firing a AGM-119 Penguin missile to LST Serdar.

In addition to these missiles two undisclosed torpedoes were fired from TCG Saldıray and TCG Batıray.

The old landing ship was not the only target. Two RIM-162 ESSM missiles and one RIM-116 RAM missile were fired against drones launched from F-246 TCG Salihreis.

This is the first ESSM firing from Turkish MEKO 200 Track II B class ships.

This is the first ESSM firing from Turkish MEKO 200 Track II B class ships.

8 frigates, 3 corvettes, 18 fast attack craft 6 submarines 3 mine hunters and 31 other vessels took part in the exercise.

 

Here is a fine video from the final day of the exercise:

Video Of Missile Tests From Overberg Test Range

Turkish Navy has published a video from the test firings on Overberg Test Range.

You can watch the RAM firing of TCG Heybeliada, Sea Sparrow firing of TCG Oruçreis, ESSM and SM-1 firings of TCG Gediz.

 

This is the link to the video:

http://www.dzkk.tsk.tr/denizweb/turkce/guncel/guncel_video.php?id=374

Turkish Navy Fires Missiles In Overberg Test Range

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F-511 TCG Heybelida firing a RIM-116 RAM surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

According to Turkish Navy website the ships of the Barbaros Task Force demonstrated live missile firings in Delen Overberg Test Range in South Africa.

The frigate F-245 TCG Salihreis and the corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada were at the range on 13 May 2014. TCG Oruçreis conducted 5 Sea Sparrow firings while TCG Heybeliada shot one RAM missile.

On 14 May 2014 TCG Gediz was on the range. She fired one SM-1 and one ESSM missile.

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F-245 TCG Oruçreis firing one RIM-7 Sea Sparrow surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

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F-245 TCG Oruçreis firing another RIM-7 Sea Sparrow surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

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F-495 TCG Gediz firing a RIM-162 ESSM surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

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Another shot of the RIM-162 ESSM surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

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TCG Gediz firing a SM-1 Standart surface to air missile. Photo: Official Turkish Navy photo.

TCG Gelibolu Replaces TCG Salihreis In SNMG-2

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Turkish Gabya class frigate F-493 TCG Gelibolu is replacing F-246 TCG Salihreis in SNMG-2, before the NATO’s task force sails to Gulf Of Aden to combat piracy.

There will be a farewell ceremony for TCG Gelibolu on 30 November in Aksaz Naval Base.

While Turkish Navy deploys Yavuz (MEKO 200 Track I) and Barbaros (MEKO 200 Track II A/B) class frigates to NATO missions, it is always a Gabya (Perry) class frigate that is sent to missions in Gulf Of Aden. The Gabya class ships are considered more comfortable in Indian ocean and are more economical with their fuel consumption.

It would be interesting to hear what RAN is thinking as it is the only other navy besides Turkish that operates both MEKO and Perry class frigates.

TCG Kemalreis Got A New Radar

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MEKO 200 Track IIB class frigate F-247 TCG Kemalreis on Bosphorus. Her original AWS-9 radar was replaced with Smart Mk2 3D radar.

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We had a nice sun set today.

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.

Turkey Conducted Anadolu Yıldızı Serach And Rescue Exercise

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AS 532AL Cougar helicopter of Turkish Air Force hoists the rescue swimmer and the simulated victim out of the water

Today the Turkish Navy also conducted a search and rescue exercise, in the international waters and airspace between Lesbos and Chios in the Aegean.

According to AA news agency the F-245 TCG Oruçreis  frigate, one corvette, two patrol boats, two coasts guard vessels and numerous air units have participated in the exercise. On board of TCG Oruçreis were 40 military attaches from 22 nations as observers.

The land part of the exercise will be conducted on 19 April 2013.

Here is the Google translation of a news article about the exercise.

Land Forces Command and Control Division Director Colonel Ramadan, Erdogan administration within the framework of the host’s House briefing Press Information Center, which serve as search and rescue activities in a race against time, must have good organization and staff, he said.

Erdogan, “the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Presidency of the Turkish General Staff in search and rescue co-ordination center, which is formed on the search and rescue search and rescue search and rescue co-ordination centers and rescue all kinds of associations working in the organization to respond to the request has a 24-hour,” he said.

Turkey Since 2006, satellite-assisted search and rescue system

(COSPAS-SARSAT) Pointing out that the country of the service provider Erdogan, the Turkish Armed Forces search and rescue elements, Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry Main Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (AECC) to do the exercise with the participation of the Turkish search and rescue region, including the Aegean Sea on Thursday, April 18 international waters and airspace between Lesbos and Chios Islands, to be held on April 19 in the Smoky Mountain town of Izmir Menemen said.

And here is a link to a good video of the exercise: http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/mod/video-galerisi/955864/anadolu-yildizi-tatbikati

The First Upgraded MEKO 200 Frigate Of Turkish Navy

Well the DHA story about the naval activity in Gölcük Naval Base was not completely useless.

MEKO 200 Track IIB Class frigate F-246 TCG Salihreis with her brand new Smart S Mk2 radar. Photo: Doğan Haber Ajansı.

This is the first public photo of the frigate TCG Salihreis with her brand new 3D Smart-S Mk2 radar. The last batch of 4 MEKO 200 frigates were delivered to Turkish Navy with AWS-9 3D radars of British origin.  A modernization program for the MEKO 200 class was started after Turkish decided to use Smart-S Mk2 radar in the first two ships of the Milgem class.

TCG Salihreis is the 4 ship in Turkish inventory to have this new radar. The other ships are F-511 TCG Heybeliada, F-512 TCG Büyükada and F-497 TCG Göksu.

The difficult and sometimes dangerous maintenance and the structural complexity of the AWS-9 radars does not make these equipment very popular among its users. So I expect that once the tests of this new radar are completed there will be other replacements too.

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