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  • İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020
    İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020 20 May 2020
    Speaking at the online panel organized by STM ThinkTech, STM General Manager Murat İkinci stated that they plan to keep the remote working method valid for some personnel at the end of the COVID-19 process.   "We have partners in many parts of the world, it is much easier for us to get together in the digital environment," said İkinci, stating that they are now holding project meetings in digital media, thus reducing the time spent on getting together. ...
  • Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials
    Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials 18 May 2020
    Sea trials of Barracuda platforms, which are planned to replace Rubis class submarines that have reached the end of their life, have begun. The French Navy, started to test phase of FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, The submarine was recently subjected to vertical replenishment trials VERTREP for the first time with an NH90 NFH helicopter. This process has great importance in issues such as medical evacuation, goods a...
  • 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...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability
    Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability 10 May 2020
    Egypt, which has modernized its army with many weapons purchases from various countries and has become an important power in the Eastern Mediterranean, is improving its attack helicopter capability. The United States has approved the possible sale of materials requested by Cairo in line with the requirements of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Egypt requested many subcomponents for refurbishment requirement of platforms such as 88 T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, which 86...
  • Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean
    Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean 8 May 2020
    Greece, which could not respond to the increasing Turkish UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity in the Aegean Sea and expressed this situation in its reports, found the solution in Israel. The waters in the Mediterranean and Aegean are getting warmer despite COVID-19. Athens signed a Heron UAV lease agreement with Israel, according to a statement from the Israeli Ministry of Defense's official social media account. Greece has the option to procure platforms under...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...
  • 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...
  • Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P
    Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P 15 March 2020
    Rich hydrocarbon deposits make the Eastern Mediterranean more valuable than ever since. Russia also reacts to the increasing movements in the ancient sea, and continues to provide new systems to the Black Sea Fleet, which responsible for the region. The Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet began to receive Ka-31P airborne early warning and control helicopters. The platforms assigned within the 318th Independent Composite Air Regiment and deployed in Crimea. Thanks to its powerful ...
  • Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya”
    Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya” 13 March 2020
    The Ministry of National Defence made a press release covering Syria, Libya, the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. As part of the agreement signed with Russia, it was stated that both parties continue preparations for joint patrol on March 15. While it was announced that the Turkish Armed Forces performed military training and consultancy activities in Libya with the decree adopted on January 2, it was underlined that the mentioned training and consultancy activities were carried out with...
  • New Sa'ar 6 Underway Trials
    New Sa'ar 6 Underway Trials 12 March 2020
    Waters do not cool in the Eastern Mediterranean. New ships will be added to the region where the navy platform density is one of the highest in history, has been intense. The first Sa'ar 6 class corvette built for the Israeli Navy began maritime trials. The platform, which is considered to be INS Magen, was seen by ship spotters during the test run in Kiel. The ships built in Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems facilities have a hull structure that reduces the radar cross sect...
  • Aegean and Mediterranean Dream of Greece: Mare Nostrum 15 February 2020
    The air and sea borders declared unilaterally by Greece have been keeping the waters of the Aegean warm for years. When the Exclusive Economic Zone disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean were added to the continental shelf and airspace problems that carried Turkish and Greek relations beyond the neighbourhood, the equation became multi-dimensional. Filling the gap between the two neighbouring countries, the Aegean Sea has been the scene of many disputes for many years, especially the...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? 3 February 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period
    Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period 31 January 2020
    Project 06363 Stary Oskol (B-262) submarine , deployed by Russia in the Mediterranean, entered maintenance and repair period. The Black Sea Fleet submarine Stary Oskol arrived at the Kronstadt Marine Plant for planned repairs after its deployment in the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce, a source in Crimean defence circles told TASS on Wednesday. "Last night, an operation was fulfilled to place the submarine into the dock of the Kronstadt Marine Plant," the sour...
  • The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean
    The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean 31 January 2020
    Greece's parliament approved an updated Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement, with the U.S. The updated deal was initially signed in October during a visit by Mike Pompeo. Speaking before the vote in the Greek parliament, Yannis Lambropulos, a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, said, "We are appealing to the support of our allies at a time when we are exposed to threats to our sovereignty." The U.S. is also granted priority status for "unimpeded acces...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots 27 January 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece 23 January 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean 22 January 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships 8 January 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus
    Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus 16 December 2019
    Baykar’s TB2 drone landed on Cyprus Island, while there is increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean. TB2 has taken off from Dalaman Naval Air Base and flew for five hours. TB2 landed at a Geçitkale airport on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet on Friday designated the Gecitkale airport on the island as a base for both unarmed and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the request of the Turkish government.
  • 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...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea 12 December 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • 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 ...
  • Russia In Warm Waters
    Russia In Warm Waters 11 August 2019
    "Warm Water Policy" policy, which is one of the common goals adopted by Russian Tsardom, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and finally the Russian Federation since Tsar Petro I, was achieved. As part of the improvement and development of the Syrian economy, an agreement was signed between Damascus and Moscow administrations last April. According to this agreement, the operating activities of Tartus Port were transferred to Russian company Stroytransgaz for 49 years with...
  • 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...
  • TB2 at Cyprus Patrol 8 July 2019
    The site Kokpit.aero detected Baykar Defence's TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle during the Cyprus patrol. According to information on the site UAV began patrol flights in the Mediterranean. According to the information received from the radar system TCB808 transponder code Bayraktar TB2 type UAV, made flights to the north of the island.  The route of that flight was reflected in the site. The UAV flew at the altitude of 18 thousand 50 feet, an average of 103 knots (190 km / h) speed. ...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea 2 July 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • New Patrol Ships for the Front Line
    New Patrol Ships for the Front Line 24 June 2019
    The first of the Royal Navy's five new patrol ships are ready for front-line action – as the third successfully completes her first spell at sea.  The five ships are bigger, faster, more heavily armed, able to land and refuel Wildcat and Merlin helicopters, carry more than 50 troops on missions if needed, and can stay at sea a fortnight longer than the first generation of River-class ships which were built 15 years ago and are still in service.  After patr...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean 21 June 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • TSK Welcomes Summer with Exercises 3 June 2019
    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which started the year with Kış-2019 (Winter-2019) and Mavi Vatan (Blue Homeland) exercises, continues and welcomes the summer with more exercises. In these exercises, which are even more important now more so than ever due to increasing tensions in the region, notably the Eastern Mediterranean, efficiency and deterrent capabilities of the Turkish Army which consists of the offspring of the Turkish nation were showcased with the participation of allied countrie...
  • 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...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft 23 May 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas 13 May 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • F-35 or S-400: Who is the winner? 26 April 2019
    It looks like the F-35/S-400 “arm wrestling” between the US and Turkey has come to a point where alliance and friendship are being tested over NATO. The US benefits from being the driving force behind NATO while Turkey has the advantage of being the only power on Russia’s route to the Mediterranean. While the tension between the two countries are building up, the US is threatening Turkey in both military and trade. Articles suggesting that Turkey might prefer the S...
  • Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete
    Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete 20 March 2019
    Israel and Greece are building a new marine radar system in eastern Crete, according to a recent report in the Greek daily Kathimerini. The paper said the new surface radar will be able to track at long range, beyond the horizon, and both Israel and Greece will have access to its enhanced coverage. At the top is the Long Horizon radar, which will be built in eastern Crete and will provide the opportunity to watch all that is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, both in Greece and Israel. A...
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle 14 February 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...
  • From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey?
    From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey? 8 December 2018
    The crisis, fuelled by a ship in service with the Russian intelligence to open fire to coast patrol ships around the Sea of Azov in the Black Sea, should be regarded as the biggest risk for European security. Enjoying the full support of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as NATO’s signals to intervene against Russia’s military presence in the region, Ukraine is recklessly and even comfortably raising the stakes as the crisis es...
  • Russia Held Training in Mediterranean
    Russia Held Training in Mediterranean 19 November 2018
    In the last months, waters get hotter in the Mediterranean where there are more war ships than ever before. Russia organized a drill in the Mediterranean. Project 11356 class RFNS Admiral Makarov (799) and RFNS Essen (490) frigates joined the drills which are part of Russian Black Sea Fleet. Within the scope of the exercises where some training activities were organized, the crew of the ship organized submarine detection, tracking and rescue trainings with deck-based rotary wing pla...
  • Euronaval 2018 at Fifty 6 November 2018
    The seas have always bore great significance for France. In line with its geographical location, one part of the country opens up to the Atlantic Ocean while the other to the Mediterranean. In addition to location, France attaches importance to its arch-rival Britain’s naval supremacy policy no less than it cares about continental and offshore threats. For this reason, it always has an essential and efficient navy. Naval warfare systems exhibition, organised biannually in France, which ...
  • Preparedness for a Naval War… 6 November 2018
    Having strengthened the Navy, Sultan Abdülaziz was overthrown by a coup and then murdered. Today, the United States stares at us with its Navy in the vicinity of Cyprus. “We will deliver Kınalıada to our Naval Forces in 2020 at the latest. Recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean has reminded us that, besides other issues, our country should also get stronger in the seas. Every ship joining our fleet enhances our strength in the seas as well as our ...