Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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IOM Orders Nine Damen SAR 1906 Boats

June 19, 2019 – At a signing ceremony held at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offices in Ankara, Turkey, Vladimer Gvilava, chief of mission IOM in Turkey, and Boran Bekbulat, Damen sales manager Turkey, signed a contract for the building and delivery of nine Damen SAR 1906 search and rescue boats for the Turkish Coast Guard Command. Financed by the European Union, these 19-meter boats will be in addition to the six vessels of the same class ordered in 2016, which were delivered to Turkish Coast Guard Command the…

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Update Regarding Calypso’s Refit

(Google Translation) – Calypso is safe in her shipyard in Turkey. Once the insurances have settled the damage we will resume the reconstruction. In the meantime she is safely guarded. Our goal for Calypso remains the same, we will take the necessary time to achieve it. None of the funding for the work comes from France and no public subsidy is accepted by Equipe Cousteau which is an independent Association. What happened before? On Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 2:30 am, a fire damaged the legendary Calypso, within the shipyard…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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ARES Shipyard Wins Turkish Homeland Security Contract

March 5, 2019 – Turkey’s Fastest Growing Company and Largest Ship Exporter titles owner, ARES Shipyard has been awarded a huge tender consisting of 105 (one hundred and five) high speed coast guard control boats which has been issued by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) for Turkish Ministry of Interior-Coast Guard. Contractual negotiations between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and ARES Shipyard in relation to the Control Boat Program, which have been continuing for a while, have finally been concluded with the two parties signing the contract on February…

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Philippines Navy Orders MILGEM Corvette

December 19, 2019 – The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) of the Republic of Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation on Tuesday. Included in this deal are the construction of one MILGEM corvette and one T-129 attack helicopter. The signing took place at Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message to reporters. The MOU was signed by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for the Philippines and President of Defense…

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USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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ATMACA Production Contract Signed Between SSB and Roketsan

November 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – In order to increase the deterrence in our seas, a serial project is being developed in a project developed with local opportunities. The mass production contract of ATMACA cruise missiles was signed between SSB and Roketsan. Aselsan will produce production control systems and other equipment. Atmaca, Turkey also has the distinction of being the first cruise missiles. Sazhtan Satha Guided Bullet Supply (ATMACA) Project Mass Production Contract Defense Industry Presidency and Roketsan A.Ş. signed between. Defense Industry President Prof.Dr. Dr. İsmail Demir, Turkish Armed…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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Fight against submarines, maintain a high level of expertise!

Google Translation At a time when many nations are acquiring, developing or reactivating an underwater force, NATO navies continue to cooperate in the fight against submarines (ASM). Ten nations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) have focused a significant amount of resources off the coast of Sicily where Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 is taking place . A dozen boats, as many helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft, six submarines and 5,000 sailors compete in one of the largest meetings in the field of anti-submarine…

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Keel Laid for First Turkish LHD

Google Translation It has been held in the Turkish shipyard of SEDEF in Tuzla, Istanbul, the keel laying of the vessel TCG Anadolu, whose design, based on the carrier Juan Carlos I and the ALHD for Australia, has been developed by Navantia. It is therefore a matter of technology and Spanish design successfully exported first to Australia, for whom two of these mega-ships were built, and now to Turkey. The contract, signed on July 30, 2015 between the shipyard of SEDEF and Navantia, includes ship engineering and technology transfer, through…

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2018 Begins

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2018, Jan. 31. Cutlass Express 2018, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa is an exercise designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in East Africa as well as information sharing, planning and operating. “Criminal activities pose a big threat to the security of…

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Destroyer Andrea Doria Completed Operation Sea Guardian

Google Translation With the entry into port in Aksaz, Turkey, on Monday 11 December, the commitment of the destroyer Andrea Doria has terminated, acting as Flagship of Task Group 440.03 of the NATO Operation Sea Guardian. In the almost two weeks of activity, ship Doria and the commanded naval group, composed of the Turkish frigate TCG Gediz and supported by two submarines, the Greek HS Pontos and the Turkish TCG Gur, patrolled the central Mediterranean in the framework of the protection of the interests of the Alliance against maritime security…

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