Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Is In Istanbul

On 24 July 2015 Friday, the two ship strong Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 arrived in Istanbul for a port visit.
The task force made its northbound passage on 4 July 2015 late in the evening and spend the allowed 21 days exercising with Bulgarian and Romanian navies.

The ships are expected to leave Istanbul on 27 July 2015 Monday.

It is nice to see these ships in Istanbul and to observe them. Both ships are a result of the requirements of Netherlands Maritime Forces. Both ships are constructed in the Netherlands 9 years apart. The change in size, weaponry and sensors is striking. The change for a bigger ship with a emphasize on air defense.

The change for a bigger ship however resulted in reduced numbers. While there were 8 ship of the class of NRP De Almeida there are only 4 ships of the class of ZrMS Tromp.

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ZrMs Tromp and NRP De Almeida side by side. You can see the revolution in Dutch naval requirements. Both ship are constructed for Dutch Navy with 10 years apart.

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ZrMs Tromp and NRP De Almeida docked in Istanbul. The Portuguese ship is the flagship of the two ship strong task force.

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Stern view of ZrMs Tromp and NRP De Almeida.The difference in size, sensor and armament is very obvious.

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While the self-protection system and anti ship missiles remain the same the anti air missiles and the main target detection sensors has changed.

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A side by side comparison of the two ships main detection and fire control sensors.

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Portuguese Super Lynx helicopter: Hooters.

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The main mast of ZrMs Tromp. From top: Thales Sabre ESM antenna, APAR fire control radar and Satcom antennas and Mirador electro optical system.

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The main mast of ZrMs Tromp. From top: A seagull, Thales Sabre ESM antenna, APAR fire control radar

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Mirador electro optical system.

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Thales Smart -L 3D radar. This radar will receive ballistic missile detection capability after its upgrade in 2018.

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The Mk32 Mod9 fixed torpedo tubes on ZrMs Tromp. I wonder why they have not covered them with a panel to further reduce the radar signature.

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Signaal Goalkeeper CIWS system.

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The main mast of NRP De Almeida. A top of the mast is the Signaal Smart 3D radar. The two STIR fire control radars are at the base of the mast.

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The bridge of ZrMs Tromp with its navigation radars and communication antennas.

More Photos From The Dutch Logistics Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doormann passing through the Bosphorus on 25 July 2013. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

Here is another excellent set of photographes taken by Mr. Kerim Bozkurt during the passage of HNLMS Karel Doorman through Bosphorus.

The Future Logistics Ship Of Royal Netherlands Navy

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Today a very special hull passed through the Bosporus. The tug Eide Wrester was towing the hull of the future multi-function support ship for amphibious operation, HNLMS Karel Doorman. Her hull was produced in Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania. Her final outfitting and installation of the weapon systems will take place in The Netherlands.

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According to Wikipedia, she will have the same sensor suite as the Holland class OPV’s and she will be able to carry  approx 8000 m3 of fuel, more than 1000 m3 of helicopter fuel, approx 450 m3 of potable water and approx 400 tonnes of ammunition and other supplies.

I hope I  will be able to see her as a complete ships too.

F-805 HNLMS Evertsen

I am posting a few more photos from F-805 HNLMS Evertsen.

I must confess that I am very impressed with the cleanliness of her lines. she is the one of the few ships that I have ever seen that has such an uncluttered superstructure.

As the flagship of SNMG-1 she will sail to Gulf Of Aden after departure from Istanbul to relive the SNMG-2 in fight against piracy.

F-805 HNLMS Evertsen has powerful radars, a very sophisticated combat management systems and SAM missiles. Yet despite the mentioned expensive systems, the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) and the couple .50 machine guns are probably the most effective weapons this ship will employ against piracy. And compared to the value of the SM-2 SAM missiles she carries the LRAD and the machine guns are almost free.

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SMART L, 3D radar

From top: Thales Sabre intercept/jammer, Sirius IRST optronic director, APAR E/F/I band radar, Mirador Trainable Electro-Optical Observation System, Thales Goalkeeper close-in weapon system. 

One of the two on board Thales Goalkeeper close-in weapons.

Long Range Acoustic Device, one of the most used weapons against pirates.

Thales Mirador Trainable Electro-Optical Observation System

The starboard Mk32 Mod9 fixed torpedo launchers.

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