Turkey-led drill shows interoperability

November 12, 2019 – The Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean-2019) joint international naval exercise is important to demonstrate the interoperability between the allied nations of Turkey and Pakistan, a Pakistani navy captain said on Tuesday. PNS Alamgir Captain Muhammad Akram told Anadolu Agency that all personnel participating in the exercise were provided with advanced training, along with the opportunity to observe various types of navy ships. Opening the ship’s doors to Anadolu Agency, Akram said the crew were extremely proud to take part in the 12-day multinational maritime exercise, which concludes…

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NATO ships test next generation of electronic warfare defences

October 31, 2019 – Thirteen NATO countries are taking part in simulated air and missile defence drills off the United Kingdom’s southern coast from Thursday (31 October 2019). The 6-day Naval Electro Magnetic Operations – or “NEMO” – trials will test how allied navies can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defences. “NEMO 19 shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces from the threat of cruise and hypersonic missiles,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “This is NATO’s largest maritime electronic warfare exercise…

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Eighteen NATO countries take part in the Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19

October 7, 2019 – More than 4,500 military personnel from eighteen countries take part from today until the 18th in the exercise of NATO Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19, which aims to prepare to respond to the crisis situations in the maritime field that the Atlantic Alliance needs . This training, in which 26 surface vessels, two submarines and 21 aircraft from 12 countries will participate, will take place mainly in waters near the Spanish south coast. In addition, the Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19 exercise will be part of the process…

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Steel Cutting for First Pakistani MİLGEM Started

September 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar visited TCG Kınalıada for the 4th Ship of the MİLGEM Project, which was realized with the honors of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Pakistan MİLGEM Corvette Project. Accompanied by the Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler and Admiral Adnan Özbal, Commander of the Navy, Minister Akar received a briefing on the ship and later met with Pakistan Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi during the steel cutting for the first Pakistani MILGEM corvette. During the meeting…

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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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