An Update On Submarines Of The Black Sea Navies

The submarines are getting fashionable again by the navies of the Black Sea nations.

Well not every country is happy to have a silent service in its navy. Bulgaria its sole Romeo (Project 633) class BNS Slava in 2011 and sold her bulk in December 2013, effectively ending its submarine service after 94 years.

But Bulgaria is the exception. Ukraine has spent considerable amounts of money and time to get her only submarine a veteran Foxtrot (Project 641) class U-01 Zaporizya back in to service. This boat is in regular service since January 2013.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has one active Kilo class (Project 877) diesel submarine, Alrosa (originally Varshavyanka) and one Tango class submarine Svyatoy Knyaz Georgiy. Though still listed as an active unit the status of the Svyatoy Knyaz Georgiy is dubious. This is why Russia is planning to add 6 new submarines to the BSF in the next couple of years. The first of these boats Novorossiysk is launched in November 2013 and is expected to enter into the Black Sea in July 2014.

According to Romanian website, Romanian Navy decided to modernize and reactive it’s only submarine Delfinul.  She is a Kilo class diesel submarine. She entered into service in 1986 and she has not been used since 1996.

The cost of reactivating the submarine is estimated between $20 – 30 million. It is also not clear whether the announcement of the Romanian Defense Minster in Contanta was just for a lip service or for real.

Ukrainian Corvette On Her Way To Operation Active Endeavour

U209 Ternopil

Ukrainian corvette Ternopil, passing through Bosphorus.

The Ukrainian, Grisha (Project 1124 EM/P) class corvette U-209 Ternopil passed through the Bosphorus today. She will take part in NATO anti terror operation in Mediterranean Operation Active Endeavour.

The Ukrainian has deployed two warships at the same time for two different operations. The Krivak class frigate U-310 Hetman Sahaydachniy is in the Gulf of Aden to conduct anti-piracy operations while as mentioned U-209 Ternopil will take part in Operation Active Endeavour.

The simultaneous deployment of two warships is a considerable feat for the Ukrainian Navy considering their size and resources.

This is the Google translation of the official announcement of the Ternopil deployment:

Today, October 8, antisubmarine corvettes Naval Forces of Ukraine “Ternopil” under Captain 3rd rank Oleg Grigoriev went from Sevastopol in the Mediterranean Sea to the tasks NATO antiterrorist operation “Active Endeavour”. While patrolling in a certain area of the Mediterranean Ukrainian crew of the ship will carry out practical steps to monitor civilian shipping, collecting and recording information on suspicious vehicles, their maintenance and inspection, maintenance vehicles with loads of special importance, antimine of civilian shipping. On board the “Ternopil” is an observation team of crew and unit of Marines.

Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Admiral Il’yin when wiring the ship said that the corvette “Ternopil” their participation in Operation “Active Endeavour” is doing noble work for the Navy and the state. Head of the Armed Forces expressed confidence that the crew of honor perform all tasks.

Personnel also read out greetings from the head region, which has patronage over the ship – Head of Ternopil Regional State Administration Valentine Hoptyana. The Governor wished the sailors swimming successful and happy return to home base.

Since parting words to the crew and asked Assistant Secretary of Defense Ukraine stock Admiral Viktor Maksimov, Sebastopol City Council member Peter Kudryashov, Chairman of the Board of Veterans Ukraine Navy Rear Admiral Victor reserve Nosenko, director of “skeleton” Leonid Sobolev.

Help. practical phase of NATO antiterrorist operation “Active Endeavour” in the Mediterranean began Oct. 6, 2001.

According to the agreement between Ukraine and NATO on Ukraine’s participation in naval operations in the Mediterranean, the state supports the Alliance by bringing the operation of ships and inspection teams of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.

The purpose of the operation – to prevent trafficking of weapons, drugs, preventing terrorism, human trafficking and the control of shipping.

Ukrainian Frigate Passed Through Turkish Straits On Her Way To Gulf Of Aden


The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven.


The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven


The Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy passing through the Dardanelles. She is going to conduct anti piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden. Photo: Ahmet Güven

It is not just Russian warships that pass through the Turkish Straits these days. The Ukraian Krivak class frigate U-310 Hetman Sahaydachniy made a rare southbound passage through the Turkish Straits.

She is going to Gulf Of Aden in order to take part in anti piracy operations there. This is the first time that Ukraine is sending a ship for these operations. Ukraine is the second Black Sea nation that send a warship for anti piracy operations. Years ago Bulgaria wanted to take part but was not able to finance it. Last year Romania send a frigate to take part in EU’s anti piracy Operation Atalanta.

This is the official announcement of Ukrainian Defence Ministry:

Frigate Naval Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Getman Sahaidachny” with a helicopter Ka-27, and a group of special purpose (Review Team) on board today, 24 September, went on a long hike to participate in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea West Indian Ocean. During sea crossings and arrival to your destination frigate will make immediate preparations for the tasks of counter-piracy operations at sea “Ocean Shield” and the EU operation “Atalanta” in the area closest to conduct these operations.

The ship on a long voyage accompanied Navy Commander Admiral Yuri Il’yin Ukraine, members of the Military Council of the Navy, Navy veterans home, relatives and friends of the sailors.

Addressing the troops, Admiral Yuri Il’yin said that by this time the ship of the national fleet in such a long hike has not gone.

– You first. The first to be difficult, but very honorable. The fleet is proud of you! – Said the commander of the National Navy. – This device – the best of the best that have earned the right to perform this very important mission for our country. You will defend the national interests of our country. Remember every minute: you are defenders of the Motherland, for you will be judged on our country, of our Navy.

Head of the Armed Forces wished all excellent health and a happy voyage.

For sailors parting words also appealed Assistant Minister of Defense of Ukraine stock Admiral Viktor Maksimov, first deputy chairman of the Sevastopol City State Administration Theodore Rubanov, former commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine stock Admiral Igor Tenyukh, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Veterans Ukraine Navy Vice Admiral Nikolai retired Klitnyy .

Ship commanded by Captain 2nd rank Roman Piatnitski.

August Activation Of The BlackSeaFor

F-241 TCG Turgutreis passing through the Bosphorus to join the BLACKSEAFOR task force. Photo Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

F-241 TCG Turgutreis passing through the Bosphorus to join the BLACKSEAFOR task force. Photo Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

F-241 TCG Turgutreis passing through the Bosphorus to join the BLACKSEAFOR task force. Photo Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

F-241 TCG Turgutreis passing through the Bosphorus to join the BLACKSEAFOR task force. Photo Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

On 13 August 2013 Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Turgutreis passed through the Bosphorus and headed to Sevastopol in order to join the August activation of thee BlackSeaFor task force.

The Ukrainian Navy is commanding the task force. This is the official Statement of Ukrainian Ministry of Defence:

Today, August 14, to the port of Sevastopol came for a visit and to early August 2013 Activation of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation (BLACKSEAFOR). Commanders moored at the pier bay chickens’ secundines tralshyka “surf” (Bulgarian Navy) missile hovercraft “Bora” (Russian Black Sea Fleet) corvette “Eustatiu Sebastian” (Navy League), frigate HRH “Turgutreis” (Turkish Navy) and ship management “Center” (Naval Forces of Ukraine) made ​​a courtesy visit to the newly appointed commander BLACKSEAFOR captain 1 rank Andrey Tarasov (Naval Forces of Ukraine).

The ships began establishing connection communication system “computer-to-computer” FORESC, which will enable the exchange of information while performing tasks in the sea.

Today at Staff Connection ships – ships of Commander Naval Forces of Ukraine “Center” held a press conference Command BLACKSEAFOR. Commander connection captain 1 rank Andrey Tarasov (Navy Ukraine) and commanders of ships made protocol visits to the Ukrainian Navy command and leadership Sevastopol City State Administration.

Acting Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, Vice Admiral Sergei Eliseev during a meeting with the command protocol connection has expressed satisfaction with the development of friendly relations within the framework BLACKSEAFOR and belief that during the current activation sailors will gain a new experience of interaction, will further strengthen the confidence and stability in the Black Sea region.

Visiting ships in Sevastopol is pursuant to the Agreement on the Black Sea group of naval cooperation, the Committee’s decision commanders of naval forces in the Black Sea and in accordance with the list of activities of military cooperation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in July-August 2013.

Activation will continue until September 3.

Help. BLACKSEAFOR is a naval (ship) connection “on call”, created according to the “Agreement on the establishment of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation”, signed on 2 April 2001 in Istanbul (Turkey). The main objectives are BLACKSEAFOR operations of search and rescue, humanitarian operations, anti-landmine threat operations for the protection of the environment, exchange of visits of goodwill and other tasks agreed by the participating countries.

August 17, with the participation of delegations commander of naval forces in the Black Sea region’s change of command ceremony BLACKSEAFOR, on a rotating basis, it would be transferred from the Navy to the Republic of Naval Forces of Ukraine.

In the second half of 15, 16 and 18 August the ship connections are open to visitors and residents of Sevastopol.

On August 20 ships planned output connection to the sea, where they will be training on anti-submarine, air defense, down the aisle at minesweeper, in connection with search and rescue, swimming in the warrant, with tactical maneuvering and others.

During activation, the ship will also visit with friendly visits ports of Novorossiysk (Russia) and Sinop (Turkey).

Following ships are taking part:

F-241 TCG Turgutreis Frigate Turkey
62 BGS Priboy Mine sweeper Bulgaria
P-24 GCG Sokhumi Patrol Boat Georgia
264 ROS Contraamiral Eustaţiu Sebastian Corvette Romania
615 RFS Bora Fast Attack Craft Russia
U-510 UPS Slavutich Command Ship Ukraine
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