Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two In Istanbul

The Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two arrived in Istanbul on 24 March 2017. The task group had made her northbound passage through the city 20 days before.

During this 20 days the task force first took part in Poseidon 2017. The mine warfare exercise was held between 5 and 15 March 2017.

After the completion of the exercise the task force sailed to Odessa, Ukraine. There the ship were open to public and received thousands of visitors during their stay there.

One day short of their allowance by the Montreux Convention the Task force sailed southbound through Istanbul Strait and docked in Istanbul port for a well-earned post visit.

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18 March 2017 Naval Parade

On 18th March 2017, to commemorate the Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 102 years ago a naval parade was held in Çanakkale.

10 ships two Ada class corvettes, 6 fast attack craft and 2 patrol boats took part in this years parade which was followed by a beautiful show of Turkish Air Force’s air demonstration team Turkish Stars.

The ships arrived in three rows. The east row was made of TCG Tufan, TCG Zıpkın and TCG Yıldız. The main row consisted of TCG Büyükada, TCG Heybeliada, TCG Türkeli and TCG Karabiga, all locally made warships. The west row had TCG Kılıç, TCG Mızrak and TCG Martı.

 

Turkish Navy fleet approaches the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, the largest Turkish military graveyard in the area.

TCG Büyükada was the lead ship.

TCG Heybeliada was following TCG Büyükada.

TCG Kılıç

TCG Mızrak

TCG Tufan

TCG Zıpkın

TCG Martı

TCG Türkeli

TCG Yıldız with TCG Karabiga in foreground.

The parade fleet as it was exiting Çanakkale Strait.

The show of Turkish Stars was breath-taking even for a ship spotter.

Click here for previous naval parades.

TCG Bayraktar Is Getting Ready For The Service

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TCG Bayraktar on acceptance trials in Marmara Sea this weekend. Note her Phalanx CIWS have not been fitted yet.

The first ship of the new landing ship class, TCG Bayraktar is undergoing sea trials and acceptance tests.

The contract for the construction of a new LST’s was signed between Ministry of Defence and ADIK_Furtrans shipyard on 11 May 2011. The value of the contract is 370 million Euros. It took almost two years for the shipyard to find the 370 million Euro credit to cover the project as required by the contract. The first steel was cut on 14 May 2014 at ADİK Shipyard and was launched on 3rd October 2015. The shipyard has succeeded in keeping its contractual obligation and delivering the ship in 34 months.

The second ship TCG Sancaktar is still under construction.

The Bayraktar class ships have a crew of 129 and will carry 350 soldiers. The ships have a citadel to protect the crew from effects of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
The closed parking area is 1100 square meters and the open deck parking area is 690 square meters enough for about 20 main battle tanks and between 24 – 60 vehicles.

The armament consists of 2 single barreled 40mm Oto Melara guns, 2 Mk15 Phalanx CIWS, 2 machine guns on a stabilized remote-controlled chassis.

The ships have a Smart Mk2 3D air/surface search radar, which not common for an amphibious ship. Furthermore there are 2 AselFLIR 300D EO directors, torpedo counter measures systems, laser warning receiver and Link 16/22 system. All these sensors and weapons will be controlled by 5 consoles of GENESIS CMS.

 

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 4)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, last two weeks:

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Moma class intelligence gathering ship Kildin passed through Istanbul on her way to the Eastern Mediterranean. She has replaced Liman that returned to the Black Sea last week.

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Amur class repair ship PM-56 returned to the Black Sea after being replaced by her sister PM-138. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov silhouetted against old city as she returns from her Syrian deployment.

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USS Porter passing through Istanbul on her way to Constanta, Romanian. Photo: Yörük Işık

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Southbound, Korolev on her 2. Syrian deployment on 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Canadian frigate HMCS St. John’s passing through Istanbul after a 3 day port visit. She is taking part in NATO exercise Sea Shield 2017. Photo: Alper Böler

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Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón sailed to the Black Sea after finishing her port visit in Istanbul. She too, is taking part in NATO exercise Sea Shield 2017.

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Ropucha class large landing ship Yamal passed through Istanbul on the first Syrian Express deployment of 2017. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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An empty Nikolai Filchenkov returning from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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The intelligence gathering ship Liman returned after a 3 months deployment in the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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The next day MB-304 returned alone to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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On 23th January MB-304 was observed making a northbound passage through Istanbul towing the floating crane SPK-46150. Photo: Alper Böler.

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

Spanish Warship Arrived For A Port Visit

f102The Spanish frigate F-102 ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon arrived this morning in Istanbul. It was a cold, chilly morning with little sun and with much snow fall.

The frigate is doing a port visit here. She will stay in Istanbul, presumably until Monday and will later pass through Bosphorus and enter Black Sea. Her next port of call has not been disclosed but it will be either Varna or Constanta or maybe both.

It was in 2014, when ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon was in Istanbul the last time.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2017 (Part 3)

Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, during the last 7 days:

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Russian tug SB-5 returned to the Mediterranean. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Auxiliary cargo ship Dvinitsa-50 returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Korolev made a northbound passage through Turkish Straits. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Buoy tender KIL-158 was one of the ships that returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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Alligator class landing ship, Nikolai Filchenkov made her southbound passage. Photo: Alper Böler.

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Amur class repair ship PM-138 passed through Istanbul for her 6 month long deployment in Tartus. Photo: Yörük Işık.

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

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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