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  • Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean
    Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean 7 August 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who are based in Cairo, met in Cairo. In a joint press release, the ministers announced that Greece and Egypt have signed an exclusive economic zone (Münhasır Ekonomik Bölge/ MEB) agreement. Minister Shoukry said the agreement would allow the two countries, particularly oil and gas reserves, to maximise existing resources in the exclusive economic zone. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said the ...
  • Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests
    Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests 27 July 2020
    Russia’s president Vlademir Putin stated that the tests of Tsirkon hypersonic naval missile are completed. He stated this at the main naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Interfax reports. According to Defpost.com, the weapon was fired from warship Admiral Gorshkov. 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon missile (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33)  have been in development for over 20 years. The weapon reportedly has a maximum flight speed of Mach 9 and a range of over 1,000 ...
  • New Member of the Russian Navy
    New Member of the Russian Navy 23 July 2020
    Admiral Kasatonov, one of Russia's Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov) frigates, was admitted to the navy. At a ceremony in St. Andrew's, the accepted ship will undertake missions in remote sea and ocean regions. Project 22350, unlike other frigates in the inventory, can simultaneously conduct air defence and surface combat. Admiral Gorshkov, whose displacement is about 5,000 tons, has a maximum speed of 29 knots. Russia is scheduled to include eig...
  • Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre
    Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre 22 July 2020
    Turkish Navy’s retired Rear Admiral Cihad Yayci became the head of Maritime and Global Strategy Centre. A ceremony was held today with the participation of Yaycı. Yaycı attracted attention with its strategy to increase Turkey’s dominance in the sea, He is the architect of Exclusive Economic Zone agreement with Libya Yaycı resigned from his position from the Naval Forces Command and retired in early summer, He is starting his new career at Bahçeşehir University (BA...
  • First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage
    First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage 18 June 2020
    The Philippines, which carries out activities for the establishment of the army again with a stronger infrastructure, is experiencing delivery exictement. BRP Joze Rizal (FF 150), the first guided-missile frigate ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, arrived in the country. Reaching the country in the last week of May, the platform was quarantined for two weeks due to the COVID-19 process. The Frigate was officially put into service with a ceremony attended by Ph...
  • Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı Resigned
    Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı Resigned 18 May 2020
    Turkish Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı resigned from his duty. Yaycı was appointed to General Staff by the decree of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Yaycı is a prominent figure in Turkish navy for his vision in relations with Libya and Greece.
  • Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff
    Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff 16 May 2020
    According to the decision issued under the signature of the Turkish President, Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı, Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces Command, was appointed to the command of the General Staff. The decision on the appointment was published in the Official Gazette. No information about Yaycı's place of duty was shared. Last month, Yaycı became the first combatant Admiral to take the title as an associate professor. Yaycı has books titled "The Concept of Exclu...
  • Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt
    Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt 2 April 2020
    After the coronavirus was detected in more than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier wrote to the Pacific Fleet on the issue and asked for the evacuation of the crew. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper's statements on the issue made a public impression. Esper stated that the situation is not serious enough to require the evacuation of the staff at the moment. Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Naval Operations Comman...
  • NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea
    NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea 29 March 2020
    The West does not remain silent to Russia's demonstrations in the Black Sea. NATO also conducts training in the Black Sea. The Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2), deployed by NATO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, passed through the Çanakkale and İstanbul Straits to carry out training activities in the Black Sea. ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591), HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), BGS Verni (42), ROS Regina Maria (F-222), TCG Fatih (F 242) and TCG Preveze (S 353); conduc...
  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea 26 March 2020
    While the UK is struggling with coronavirus, it is observing Russia, which is increasing its activity in the seas. The Royal Navy increased its operability against the growing effectiveness of Russia in the English Channel and the North Sea. Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from NATO allies. The ...
  • Russia to Test Tsirkon Missile Soon
    Russia to Test Tsirkon Missile Soon 23 March 2020
    The first test of the Tsirkon missile this year will be carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate. A source from the Russian defence industry announced that Tsirkon will be tested in spring. The anti-ship cruise missile, which can reach 11,000 kilometres per hour, is expected to be based aboard both surface ships and submarines, including vessels equipped to carry existing Kalibr-class cruise missiles. The missile is also widely expected to be fitted aboard the new Husky class fifth-gener...
  • Hypersonic Missile to Go Submerged
    Hypersonic Missile to Go Submerged 11 March 2020
    Usage of the hypersonic missiles becoming common. So, the different models for different requirements began to be derived. Russia, the country that carries out the most comprehensive studies on hypersonic velocity, will submerge the systems. In the trial conducted in January, the 3M2 Zircon launched from the RFNS Admiral Gorshkov frigate. Another trial will be conducted with the RFNS Severodvinsk (K-560) submarine in the coming days. No exact date was specified f...
  • Tsirkon Launched From The Ship For The First Time
    Tsirkon Launched From The Ship For The First Time 9 March 2020
    The first test launch of Russia’s land and sea attack hypersonic missile Tsirkon fired from the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov, two sources told TASS. It was underlined that the range of Tsirkon exceeded 500 kilometers in the test, which was stated to be conducted against the land target in the Barents Sea. Sources said that missile tests will continue throughout 2020 and the process will continue in nuclear submarines after the tests in the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have been co...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia 6 February 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • Additional Investment to ASW Capability
    Additional Investment to ASW Capability 31 January 2020
    The Philippines, which has carrying out the process of restructuring its armed forces, is increasing investments in naval power. Philippine Navy Commander Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad made a statement about the investments to be made for the navy at the retirement ceremony of the phased out ships. "We will acquire two additional anti submarine warfare helicopters to provide long-range patrol-patrol capability for the two corvettes we will procure in the futu...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service 17 January 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • Fire on Admiral Kuznetsov
    Fire on Admiral Kuznetsov 12 December 2019
    On Thursday morning a fire broke out on the only Russian cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" in Murmansk. The fire is said to have been caused by welding work in the first drive sector of the aircraft carrier. The fire area has already reached 120 square meters. The only Russian aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" is currently in Maintenance plant "Swjosdotschka" in Murmansk and should be modernised. The ship is to get a new drive and new weapons. It...
  • A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander
    A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander 9 December 2019
    Admiral Igor Voronchenko, Commander of the Navy of Ukraine, celebrated Ukrainian Armed Forces Day in Ankara. Admiral Adnan Özbal, the Commander of the Turkish Navy, was accompanied by the commander. Deputy Minister of National Defence Şuay Alpay also attended the ceremony. Voronchenko made a speech at the ceremony and said, “ Ukraine and Georgia were not invited to NATO, which led Russia to attack Georgia first and then Ukraine. For this reason, Ukraine is moving towards full membe...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines 12 November 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • Zarb Tested
    Zarb Tested 7 November 2019
    According to the Pakistan Navy (Pakistan Navy / PN), it was stated that the surface-to-surface missile launcher Zarb was subjected to a test shot in the training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea,” the PN said. No images or additional details of the test-firing were provided, but Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was quoted as saying that the “operationalisation of the Zarb Weapon...
  • Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory
    Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory 7 November 2019
    Russia-based Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Ships called Ufa and Magadan are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Following the agreement, the first platform, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid down in 2017 and is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy on Novemb...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates 28 October 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started 15 October 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • Yaycı's Theory Became a Book
    Yaycı's Theory Became a Book 5 September 2019
    Greece-based internet "On Alert" website has published news about Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Cihat Yayci’s theory on Turkey's the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. The inscription of "Blue Homeland theory and Turkey's demand for the Eastern Mediterranean” are now finding a place in the Navy’s book. Anyone interested may buy from the Maritime Museum bookstores or you can buy online" was said. Freelance journalist in Istanbul Manolis Kostidis said ...
  • Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials
    Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials 17 August 2019
    The Project 22350, newest Russian frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will set off for Baltic Sea ranges in the coming week for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials, Russian Navy Spokesman Captain Igor Dygalo said. "A decision on its departure will be made following a final report to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and upon the readiness of the frigate’s crew and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team for fulfilling the program of trials”. <...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? 2 August 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia 1 August 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...
  • Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year
    Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year 24 June 2019
    Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the country's first missile frigates will be delivered in April and September of next year. The Department of National Defence signed a PHP18-billion contract for BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, including weapons systems.  These ships fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers and weapon systems and sensors for four-dimensional warfare. The s...
  • The “Balkanisation” Effect in the East Mediterranean... 3 June 2019
    Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Cihat Yaycı took part in the “Symposium on Law and Politics in the East Mediterranean” organised in the Şeref Hall, which has hosted many famous visitors, in the Ankara University Political Science Faculty. Leaving behind his military persona, he as an expert summarised the subject very well: They are trying to give Turkey, which has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean, the smallest economic zone, they cannot possibly explain this... Yayc...
  • Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS
    Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS 1 June 2019
      Russian Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will take part in the International Maritime Defence Show Russian Tass Agency reported. During the next stage of the ship’s trials in the Baltic Sea, "the crew of the frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team checked its main power unit at various speed modes, the operation of the steering and anchor handling systems, the ship stabilizer, the ventilation and air condit...
  • Russian Navy to Detect Torpedoes Better 20 May 2019
      Russia has added a new one to the steps for increasing navy vessel capability increase works. According to the statement made by JSC, some platforms in the Russian Navy will be modernised increase their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Project 1144.2 Orlan (NATO Code: Kirov) class RFNS Admiral Nakhimov (080) and RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) battlecruisers will be equipped with Paket-NK torpedo defence systems. The same system will also be used on the Project 2...
  • 2300 Ton Corvette for Pakistan
    2300 Ton Corvette for Pakistan 20 May 2019
      DAMEN Shipyard Galati, launched the first of two 2,300 tons corvettes built for Pakistan Navy on May 17. The first ship is expected to join the Pakistan Navy by end of 2019 and the second would be delivered by mid-2020. The contract for their construction was signed in 2017. Pakistan Navy’s Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem said that these platforms will act as force multipliers in enhancing Navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and would...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy 11 May 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 5 April 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...
  • Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s
    Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s 22 March 2019
    Developments in Leopard 2A4 tanks are on the agenda in order to increase the survivability of the platforms in the light of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations experiences. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Ümit Dündar, Commander of the Navy Admiral Adnan Özbal, Defence Industry President İsmail Demir and Deputy Minister Muhsin Dere audited the 2nd Main Maintenance Factory in ...
  • “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy
    “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy 20 March 2019
    The US Navy has set aside $400m to research and develop two of the proposed ‘Ghost Fleet’ large unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), in its Fiscal Year 2020 defence budget. The Navy wants to field a new breed of armed surface combatants for use alongside manned operations. US Navy currently deploys some small size USVs for some activities but this time it is looking to buy ten corvette-sized unmanned ships to implement different types of sensors and, a new vertica...
  • Russia Completed Missile Tests
    Russia Completed Missile Tests 11 February 2019
    Russia has announced that its missile integration tests have been completed. Thus, the Russian Project 22350 frigates were qualified for a new weapon system. During the trials 10 different fire test launchs were carried out and different scenarios were tried. One of the most advanced air defence systems in Russia, Poliment Redut, provides effective protection of 150 km diameter. The system, which can be effective against the targets at an altitude of 30 thousand meters, will be used...
  • Özden Örnek and the Story of MİLGEM 7 February 2019
    When it comes to MİLGEM, one of the persons to come to mind is former Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, retired Admiral Özden Örnek, who recounted in this book what he had witnessed behind the curtains since the inception of the project. While reading Örnek’s book, you will hear the first-hand account of unknown facts as regards Turkey’s major national ship projects. One of the most urgent issues of Turkey is probably related with the transfer of know...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” 22 January 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • First Factory Tests Completed
    First Factory Tests Completed 11 January 2019
    Russia issued a statement on RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest platforms in its inventory. It is announced in statement that the first factory tests of the platform were completed. RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest frigates of the navy, was able to start the manufacturer's tests after the defrost of ices in the Gulf of Finland last spring. Following the first phase in the Baltic Test Area she returned to St. Petersburg. Built in Russia-based Severnaya S...