>Syria To Buy Turkish Coast Guard Boats?

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On Sunday, after the sailing race has ended, suddenly five coast guard vessels dashed through the Bosphorus in very high speed, as if there was some kind of an emergency they have to rush to. After performing a few turns and other maneuvers in the middle of the strait, they have zoomed as fast as they have come, creating lots of waves.

Thankfully I was able to watch this unusual and unexpected performance from the resonant where my wife and I were having a late lunch. We were lucky not to get wet from the incoming waves. Needless to say I have taken lots of photos as well.

I had no clue that, during that time Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Turkish president Abdullah Gül were personaly on board one of these vessels.

I have found this interesting video, shot at he same day, showing the presidents leaving the coast guard vessel TCSG-303. It seams as if they have enjoyed the ride. The man who stands on the left side of the Syrian president at the time of photo shootings is Mr. Onuk. He is one of the partners of the Yonca-Onuk shipyard that have built all these vessels for the Turkish coast guard.

If Turkish president takes his Syrian counterpart to a ride on a Turkish designed and built coast guard boat, it means that the contract negotiations have reached to a certain degree of maturity.

Syria very well may be the next export customer of Yonca-Onuk’s MRTP family of fast coast guard interception after Georgia, UAE, Pakistan and Malaysia.

>Open Ship Days

>Today and tomorrow, in order to celebrate the foundation of Turkish Republic, several Turkish Navy warships and submarines will be open for public visits.

The ships and the cities they are in, is as follows:

  • F-241…TCG Turgutreis…Trabzon
  • S-358…TCG Çanakkale…Samsun
  • F-247…TCG Kemalreis…İnebolu
  • F-240…TCG Yavuz…İzmit
  • F-242…TCG Fatih…İstanbul
  • F-497…TCG Göksu…İstanbul
  • M-263…TCG Erdek…Erdek
  • M-517…TCG Sapanca…Erdek
  • F-502…TCG Bandırma…İzmir
  • F-493…TCG Gelibolu…Marmaris
  • F-253…TCG Zafer…Marmaris
  • P-503…TCG Terme…Mersin
  • P-302…TCG Kuşadası…Mersin

>Turkish Navy Fleet Parade

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Turkish Navy will make a fleet parade in Bosphorus on 30th August 2009 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Turkish victory in War of Independence.

If the weather will permit it will be a good show and fun to watch. It will be also a good show case for recruiting.

>Black Sea Cruise Of Several Turkish Warships

>Apparently some Turkish warships are conducting a public relations / soft power cruise along the Black Sea coast.

On 10th June Wednesday, frigates F-240 TCG Yavuz (Meko 200 TN class); F-245 TCG Oruçreis (Meko 200 TN IIA class); F-246 TCG Salihreis (Meko 200 TN IIBclass), F-496 TCG Gökova (Perry class); submarine S-352 TCG Dolunay, fast attack crafts P-337 TCG Atak (Kılıç II class), P-334 TCG Rüzgar and logistic support ships A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör visited town of İnebolu.

On 12th June Friday, F-240 TCG Yavuz; F-246 TCG Salihreis and S-352 TCG Dolunay, arrived in Sinop.

On 13th June Saturday (today), F-240 TCG Yavuz; F-246 TCG Salihreis are in Giresun.

Other major cities on the Black Sea coast Trabzon and Rize can be the next ports of call.

Such cruises along the coast with frequent port calls, where public can visit a warship, is an effective way of establishing a good profile in public opinion. And they are also a good way to promote people to join the navy as well.

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