Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Ship Spotting


Time for another.



What is it?

14 comments:

Chuck Hill said...

UAE Baynunah class corvette.

I've never actually seen a picture of one.

GrandLogistics said...

Hello Chuck Hill,

it shows.
This isn't a Baynunah!
Good guess though.


GrandLogistics.

Chuck Hill said...

No, http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_cys2T5FgJdo/SkhJrOmFd2I/AAAAAAAAG2Y/SOBii0pMWiU/s1600-h/Baynunah.jpeg

Close but not the same.

Chuck Hill said...

Omani, Khareef Class Corvettes?

GrandLogistics said...

Hello Chuck Hill,

it is not a Khareef either.


GrandLogistics.

D. E. Reddick said...

It's the Turkish Milgem class corvette TCG Heybeliada.

See here:

Milgem Has Started Her Sea Trials

http://turkishnavy.blogspot.com/2010/11/milgem-has-started-her-sea-trials.html

In my estimation, simply superior to USN LCS-1 type vessel...

GrandLogistics said...

Hello D.E.Reddick,

funny you should say that,I have pictures of both of them here for a brief post tomorrow.

The MILGEM is said to cost $260 Million which must be half the price of an L.C.S..


GrandLogistics.

D. E. Reddick said...

GL / tangosix,

As I said, it's simply superior:

1) It ain't a 45 to 50 knot fuel-guzzling speedboat;

2) It's main gun is stealth-cupolaed Oto Melara 76 mm gun rather than that anemic little 57 mm pop-gun installed on the LCS types;

3) It has a singular and specific mission - ASW;

4) It's just one type member amongst an entire family of vessels being designed and built in Turkey under the Milgem program;

5) And, yeah - it's one-half the cost of either type of LCS and its more capable half-sibling frigates are going to be far, far more capable than either LCS type and still cost much less.

Too bad about the way Turkey's present political leadership appears to be committed to separating that nation from its recent strategic alliances...

D. E. Reddick said...

Some additional information about the Milgem program:

Milgem class corvette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgem_class_corvette

Chuck Hill said...

Beautiful ship, it would make a nice Coast Guard Cutter.

D. E. Reddick said...

Chuck,

Did you notice the type of vessel displayed in the banner of Bosphorus Naval News?

Also, if you go back two or three weeks into that blog then you'll see an article about the proposed dissolution of the Turkish Coast Guard. The intention appears to be to make it part of a border police force... :-(

Chuck Hill said...

DER, Thanks, I see the Coast Guard 378 at the masthead. Presumably that is the one that carried supplies to Georgia right after their war with Russia.

Reading the bit about the change to the Coast Guard, looks like the intention is to make it more a police force and less a military organization. One of the justifications they give is to comply with the EU Acquis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acquis_communautaire

Presumably they will still have a "Coast Guard" organization but it will be more law enforcement and less naval auxiliary. My first response when I read your note was that they are bucking a trend in that increasingly countries seem to see a need for a Coast Guard, separate from the Navy. This doesn't seem that far off. They may be going to far it the direction of civilianization.

I'm trying to write something about the way the UK is organized to do Coast Guard missions, in response to something I saw on "Think Defense" http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2010/11/maritime-security-operations-and-the-%E2%80%98myth%E2%80%99-of-piracy/

Grand Logistics, would you like to comment on it be fore I publish?

Chuck Hill said...

GL, I went ahead and published. It is here: http://cgblog.org/2010/11/24/a-very-different-coast-guard/

Please feel free to comment or correct.

GrandLogistics said...

Hello Chuck Hill,

sorry to keep you waiting,I have been working on a post.
I will read that shortly.


GrandLogistics.