Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 2)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last week:

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Tsezar Kunikov, returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Korolev, went south for her first deployment in 2017. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Kyzyl-60, was loaded and had even three 40 feet containers on her deck. Photo: Yörük Işık.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 1)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the first week of 2017:

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Nikolai Filchenkov returned from her Syrian deployment and passed through Turkish Straits in one day. Probably they were in a hurry to be at home before the Christmas. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 made her southbound passage with at least six 40 feet containers on board.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Kazan-60 returned from her Syrian Express deployment along with the tug SB-5. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Tug SB-5 escorted Kazan-60. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Alexander Shabalin was the first Ropucha to pass through the Turkish Straits.

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The first foreign warship to pass through Turkish Straits in 2017 was the small Romanian Border Guard vessel MAI-1102. She went south to take part in EU naval operations. Photo: Alper Böler.

The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.

Russian Submarine Stary Oskol Passed Through Bosphorus

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Russian submarine Stary Oskol passing through Istanbul.

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Russian submarine was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-88 and trailed by Turkish ASW boat P-1207 TCG Tekirdağ during the submarines passage through Istanbul. Frigate TCG Yıldırım was waiting for the submarine at the northern entrance of the Strait.

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Stary Oskol is the third improved Kilo class submarine assigned to the Black Sea Fleet.

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On 29 June 2016, the improved Kilo submarine of the Black Sea Fleet, Stary Oskol made her inaugural passage through Istanbul Strait.
She is the third of a four Varshavyanka submarines being build for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The first pair of these submarines, Novorossiysk and Rostov-na-Donu are already been commissioned.

With the arrival of this boat, the number of submarines in Russian Black Sea Fleet has increased to four: the Kilo class Alrosa and the impreoved Kilo (Varshavyanka) class Novorossiysk, Rostav-na-Donu and Stary Oskol.

During her passage through Istanbul Strait, the submarine was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-88 and trailed by anti submarine warfare patrol boat TCG Tekirdağ. Turkish frigate TCG Yıldırım was waiting for her at the northern enterance of the Istanbul Strait.

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S-196 U-17 in Marmaris on 28 April 2005. She visited the city during Marmaris Maritime Fair. Note the size difference between U-17 in foreground and Tang class TCG Pirireis in the background. U-17 was decommissioned on 14 December 2010.

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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.

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French helicopter cruiser R-97 FS Jeanne d’Arc in Istanbul on 12 February 1996. She visited Istanbul a few times during her training cruises for French naval cadets.

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F-253 TCG Zafer in Istanbul on 29 October 1995. She was commissioned in US Navy as USS Thomas C. Hart in 1973 and served untill 1993. She was transferred to Turkey in 1993, through the Security Assistance Program and renamed as TCG Zafer. She was decommssioned from Turkish Navy in 2012 and in June 2016 she was sunk as target.

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F301

F-301 HNoMS Bergen in Istanbul on 11 October 1992. The Oslo class frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy was commissioned on 22 June 1967. She served till 3 August 2005. Like last weeks post, she is one of her kind as I have not seen any other Norwegian warship in Istanbul.

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A-302 SAS Outeniqua in Istanbul on 15 September 1993. It was her inaugural voyage from Ukraine to South Africa. She was built as Arctic supply vessel of Project 10621 in Ukraine for Russia and bought by South Africa. She was decommissioned on 30 July 2004. As far as I know she is the only South African warship ever visited Istanbul.

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BB-61 USS Iowa in Istanbul on 5 October 1989, just a few months after the deadly turret explosion. A ship from the era when they built real ships and didn’t care about stealth. She was decommissioned in 1990 and turned into a museum.

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