Brazilian Frigate Liberal In Mersin

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A photo from the reception on board of frigate Liberal. From left to right: Brazilian military attaché, Governor of Mersin, Brazilian Ambassador, Mayor of Mersin, Commander of Meditreeanean Area Command; Commander of MTF-UNIFIL. Photo: Sözcü

The Niterói class frigate F-43 BRS Liberal arrived in Mersin, Turkey, for a 3 day port visit.

The ship joined the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (MTF-UNIFIL) in early September. This is her first port visit in Mersin.

There was a reception on board of frigate.

 

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HS Ypoploiarchos Kristallidis And TCG Burak Appear On A Video

Greek Roussen class fast attack craft HS Ypoploiarchos Kristallidis and Turkish Burak class corvette TCG Bafra, both assigned to UNIFIL Mission exchanged mail and other pleasantries.

Interesting part of the video starts at 2:14. For a very short time, a few other warships are also visible at the beginning of the video.

The video was prepared by TRT Anadolu Kartalı

F-42 Constituição In Istanbul

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The Brazilian Niteroi class frigate F-42 Constituição in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The Brazilian Niteroi class frigate F-42 Constituição in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The Brazilian Niteroi class frigate F-42 Constituição in Istanbul. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

After finishing her visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, the Brazilian frigate F-42 Constituição, arrived in Istanbul 3 days ago.

The Niteroi class frigate F-42 Constituição took part as the Brazilian participant to UNIFIL. She was relived by the frigate F-45 Unitao by the same class in July.

 

Russian Warships In Beirut

The Russian landing ships Kaliningrad and Alexander Shabalin in Beirut. Photo: almayadeen.com

The port of Beirut is filled to the brim with foreign warships.

According to Lebanese almayadeen TV there are three Russian warships in Beirut.

The Ropucha class, large landing ships KaliningradAlexander Shabalin and Neustrashimy class frigate Yaruslav Mudryy. All three warships belong to the Russian Baltic Fleet and are conducting a 3 day port visit. When they leave they will head to Tartus Syria.

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The Bangladeshi frigate Osman. Photo: almayadeen.com

What the announcer on the TV fails to tell but is visible on the clip is the fourth warship in the background.

This is the Bangladeshi frigate Osman. She is part of the UNIFIL. The Blue UN flag on the main mast and the Bangladeshi flag in the jack staff clearly distinguishes her from the Russians.

And here is the photo of Yaruslav Mudryy.

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Photo: tayyar.org

 

 

And this is the clip from the Lebanese Almayadeen TV.

TCG Zafer Still Active, Takes Part In UNIFIL

TCG Zafer in Mersin. Photo: turkships.com

Turkish Navy’s sole surviving Knox class frigate, F-253 TCG Zafer is very active despite her age. Last year she took part in Operation Unified Protector. She had her photos posted on the Facebook page of USNS Kanawha.

I was thinking that she may have been already decommissioned but the old lady was seen today in Mersin harbor.

TCG Zafer in Mersin. Photo: turkships.com


The UN crest used by the naval vessels taking part in UNIFIL is clearly visible in the photo below, which was also taken today. This indicates that TCG Zafer is now taking part in UNIFIL mission.  

So when the old Russian Kashin class destroyer Smetlivy arrives in the eastern Mediterranean in a couple of days, she will meet at least one other ship close to her age.

>UNIFIL News

>While the attention in the Mediterranean is focused on the revolutions in the North Africa especially toward Libya this week, life goes on in other parts of the Mediterranean.

The maritime task force (MTF) of UNIFIL has a new commander. Rear Admiral Luiz Henrique Caroli of Brazil assumed command of the MTF of UNIFIL,on 24 February 2010, in a ceremony aboard Turkish frigate F-243 TCG Yıldırım, at Beirut Harbor.

 Despite taking the command, Brazil did not send a warship to the task force.

Currently UNIFIL-MTF currently comprises from following warships:

Pennant
Ship
County
Type
F-243 TCG Yıldırım Turkey Frigate
F-18 BNS Osman Bangladesh Frigate
P-911 BNS Madhumati Bangladesh Patrol Craft
A-516 FGS Donau Germany Tender
M-1093 FGS Auerbach Germany Minehunter
P-6130 FGS Hyaene Germany Fast Attack Craft
P-26 HS Degiannis Greece Fast Attack Craft
P-266 HS Machitis Greece Patrol Craft
368 KRI Frans Kaisiepo Indonesia Corvette
Bosphorus Naval News
UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas handed over the MTF command to Rear Admiral Caroli in the presence of representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) as well as diplomats and officers from UNIFIL Troop Contributing Countries.
Major-General Asarta thanked Brazil for its contribution and praised the work of the MTF and the Lebanese Navy. Rear Admiral Caroli said he was looking forward to his task.

Click here to read the official text.

Yesterday, one of the Bangladeshi contributions to UNIFIL-MTF, Jianghu I class frigate F-18 BNS Osman arrived in Mersin for a short port visit.

She was again in Mersin in June 2010.

This time I was able to obtain a photo via a good friend.

>UNIFIL Maritime Task Force

>The composition of UNIFIL Maritime Task Force as 23 December 2010:

Pennant
Ship
County
Type
F-240 TCG Fatih Turkey Frigate
F-18 BNS Osman Bangladesh Frigate
P-911 BNS Madhumati Bangladesh Patrol Craft
A-516 FGS Donau Germany Tender
M-1093 FGS Auerbach Germany Minehunter
P-6130 FGS Hyaene Germany Fast Attack Craft
P-26 HS Degiannis Greece Fast Attack Craft
P-266 HS Machitis Greece Patrol Craft
368 KRI Frans Kaisiepo Indonesia Corvette

>Italian Warship Commandante Borsini Is In Mersin

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Photo: Italian Navy

Commandate class OPV, P-491 ITS Commandante Borsini arrived in Mersin for a liberty call.

The ship is the flagship of the commander of UNIFIL Rear Admiral Paolo Sandalli.

P-491 ITS Commandante Borsini, is very similar to SAR vessels being built for the Turkish Coast Guard. Both are designed by Italian company Fincantieri and have the same hull.

>F-502 TCG Bandırma to UNIFIL

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Turkish A69 class corvette, F-502 TCG Bandırma, will take part in UNIFIL between 17 April and 5 June 2009.

Cuurently Belgium is commanding TF-448 UNIFIL.

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