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24 Oct 2015 1 Comment
Today Turkish led amphibious exercise Egemen 2015 kicked off in Aegean Sea. This is the 3 simultaneous exercise Turkish naval units are taking part. The others are Trident Junction 2015 and Nusret 2015. The exercise will end on 28 October 2015.
Turkish Navy is participating with one frigate, two corvettes, four patrol boats, one submarine, one tank landing ships, 6 landing craft and numerous auxiliary vessels, two helicopters, one maritime patrol aircraft, one search and rescue aircraft and 1 amphibious marine infantry battalion. Turkish Air Force will contribute two F-16 fighter jets.
US Navy amphibious ship LHD-3 USS Kearsarge and on board deployed units from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are going to take part in Egemen 2015 too.
The exercise will include tactical level training ashore and a combined amphibious landing, flexing all elements of amphibious warfare.
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit team, comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington and embarked Marines from the 26th MEU. USS Oak Hill and USS Arlington are currently taking part NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015 Exercise off Spanish coast.
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22 Oct 2015 1 Comment
Each year Turkish Navy organises a mine warfare exercise named after the famous minelayer Nusret.
This year the exercise will be held between 21 and 27 October 2015, in Saros Bay, northern Aegean.
The aim of the exercise is to provide training for the planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability in mine warfare, between warships from participant countries.
Turkish Navy will provide 14 warships, 6 planes and helicopters and one EOD team. Bulgarian, Romanian and Greek mine hunters/sweepers will also take part in the exercise.
The Romanian participant is Musca class mine sweeper Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente. The Bulgarian participant is Briz class mine sweeper Shkval. I have no information about the Greek participant yet.
There will be EOD teams from Greece and Romania as well as an unmanned underwater vehicle team from US Navy taking part.
5 Jul 2015 2 Comments
Bulgaria is hosting Breeze 2015 naval exercise from 3 to 12 July 2015. According to Bulgarian minisry of Defence 30 warships from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and USA will take part.
Bulgaian Navy will contribute with 15 combat and auxiliary ships and boats, two helicopters and more than 1,000 personnel.
The main objective of the exercise is to improve the interoperability and interaction between the Navy included therein countries by practicing their participation in Operation in response to the crisis. Nineteenth edition of “Breeze” will contribute to improving cooperation in multinational environment with 21 state organizations, institutions and agencies from four ministries, local authorities and non-governmental and private organizations. Within the exercise will obtain certification of a ship of the Navy the Republic of Bulgaria – mine hunter “Tsibar” according to the methodology for assessment of NATO MAREVAL. Host of “Breeze 2015” Point is basing Varna Naval Base – Navy. July 6 (Monday) at 15.00. To 18.00. Of foreign warships based at Port Varna and Port Varna will be open to the citizens and visitors.
As usual, I have tried to find information about the participants. This is the list as far as I could compiled.
|M-262||TCG Enez||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-36||ESPS Tajo||Mine hunter||Spain|
|P-336||TCG Zıpkın||Attack craft||Turkey|
|F-334||NRP Francisco De Almeida||Frigate||Portugal|
|32||BGS Tsibar||Mine hunter||Bulgaria|
5 Jan 2015 3 Comments
The US Congress passed the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013. With this act the President of USA is authorized to sell or to grant decommissioned US Navy warships to other countries.
Usually the US Congress passes one Naval Transfer Act (NTA) once or twice in every legislation. And in each NTA certain warships and their prospective recipients are mentioned. Please mind that NTA is simply an authorization of US President by the Congress to offer these warships. The NTA does not means that the received recipients will accept this offer at the end.
In previous Naval Transfers Act of years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 Turkey has been offered many ships from small mine hunters to large destroyers, by USA. And Turkey has not accepted any of these offers.
I have a difficult time to understand the fuss around the omission of Turkey from Naval Transfer Act 2013. I guess some cheap politicians are trying to make some cheap gains by making something out of nothing.
But the inclusion of Turkey proved controversial, as members of Congress pointed out Turkey’s increasingly hostile stance toward Israel and its threats against natural gas exploration by American companies near Cyprus. “I believe we should hold off on sending powerful warships to Turkey and encourage the government in Ankara to take a less belligerent approach to their neighbors,” said Representative Eliot Engel during that debate.
But if the US lawmakers tried to give some kind of a signal to the Turkish government by not adding Turkey to the list of the nations that may get a frigate is beyond my understanding. But if they did; the message was not delivered as the medium is not the correct one. And what was the messages in year 2003 and 2008 where no warships have been offered to Turkey?
Anyway, I do not think that any ship that US is prepared to transfer to Turkey is not powerful compared to what Turkish Navy operates.
Below is a comparison chart between the Gabya/Perry class frigates operated by both navies:
|Turkish Navy (Gabya)||US Navy (Perry)|
|Mk-13 launcher capable of firing SM-1 Standard SAM and Harpoon ASM missiles||+||–|
|Mk-41 VLS capable of firing ESSM SAM missiles (with a potential of SM-2 Standard SAM)||+||–|
|Integrated, modern combat management system||+||–|
|3D air search radar||+||–|
|Additional 25mm gun||–||+|
Turkish frigates have more punch, better sensors and a up-to-date combat management system compared to their counterparts in US Navy service.
The only reason I can think, why Turkish Navy would want to have an old Perry class frigate from US Navy service is, to cannibalize it to provide spare parts to ours. But thank fully Perry class frigates are used besides USA, by Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Turkey. Thus finding spare parts is not all to difficult.
As I have already told, the lack of the warships especially Perry class frigates from NTA 2013, will not have any effect on the Turkish Navy at all from a technical point of view. On the contrary, we do not have to spend money and man power which are also needed for our ongoing local warship production projects. USA might be transferring warships to its allies but the ships have to be overhauled in US shipyards as NTA dictates, which means the allies have to transfer money to USA.
13 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
As the Turkish led anti submarine warfare exercise Mavi Balina 2014 ends participating warships are starting their port visits in order to give their crews a rest.
Today Turkish warships, F-247 TCG Kemalreis, A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Güngör and one Preveze class submarine, Canadian frigate FFH-331 HMCS Toronto and US Navy warships CG-55 USS Leyte Gulf and DDG-67 USS Cole have arrived in Antalya.
In the meantime Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu and submarine TCG Burakreis will start their port visit in Girne while the fast attack craft TCG Bora will visit Gazimağusa.
13 Nov 2014 5 Comments
The US, Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross ended its port visit in Istanbul on 13 November 2014 and headed to the Mediterranean.
USS Ross, arrived in Istanbul on 9 November and made a 5 day stop here. She was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.
9 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
US Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross arrived today for a probably 3 day port visit in Istanbul.
USS Ross operating in the US 6th Fleet was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.
Turkish MEKO 200 Track I class frigate, F-241 TCG Turgutreis is also conducting a port visit in Istanbul. It is a customs of Turkish Navy to be present when foreign warships visit Turkish ports.
10 Sep 2014 2 Comments
U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs shared the list of the ships that take part in the naval Exercise Sea Breeze 2014.
As reported earlier, the Turkish frigate TCG Oruçreis and the French frigate Commandant Birot are not taking part in the exercise though both ships are currently deployed in the Black Sea. The list of US Navy fails to clarify if the Georgian patrol boat Sukhomi is taking part in the exercise as reported by Russian.
It is also noteworthy that there are no Bulgarian participants.
|F-102||ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon||Spain||Frigate|
|F-221||ROS Regele Ferdinand||Romania||Frigate|
|F-264||Contraamiral Eustatiu Sebastian||Romania||Corvette|
|U-512||Pereyaslav||Ukraine||Intelligence Gathering Ship|
|U-542||Nova Kahovka||Ukraine||Training Ship|
|BG-50||Kuropyannikov||Ukraine||Coast Guard Vessel|
|B-57||Mikolaiv||Ukraine||Coast Guard Vessel|
3 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
US Navy destroyer, DDG-71 USS Ross passed through the Turkish Straits today and entered to the Black Sea.
The Arleigh Burke class ship, is one of the 4 ships upgraded with the Ballistic Missile Defense System and forward deployed in Rota, Spain.