Sunday, 7 July 2019

PHOTO GALLERY #29: Gokova, upgraded Gabya class frigate of the Turkish Navy and Generał Kazimierz Pułaski, O.H. Perry class frigate of the Polish Navy

Perrys! Turkish Gokova (left) and Polish Generał Kazimierz Pułaski frigates
In this post you will enjoy more than 90 photos of two frigates, Gokova, a Modernized Gabya (O. H. Perry) class frigate of the Turkish Navy and Generał Kazimierz Pułaski, an O.H. Perry class frigate of the Polish Navy. I took the photos during my visit to Kiel, on 21st and 22th of June, the first days of the 137th Kiel Week (see previous post about Kieler Woche). The two ships were some of the many visiting warships that had returned from the NATO BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) Exercise. Both ships are currently participating in the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1). The Oliver Hazard Perry class is a class of guided missile frigates named after the U.S. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the naval Battle of Lake Erie. The 136-meter warships were designed in the United States in the mid-1970s as general-purpose escort vessels inexpensive enough to be bought in large quantities to replace World War II-era destroyers and complement 1960s-era Knox-class frigates. Fifty-five (55) ships were built in the United States: 51 for the United States Navy (US Navy) and four (4) for the Royal Australian Navy. In addition, eight (8) were built in Taiwan, six (6) in Spain, and two (2) in Australia for their navies. The last remaining in active service with the US Navy, USS Simpson, was decommissioned on 29 September 2015. Former U.S. Navy warships of this class have been sold or donated to the navies of Bahrain (1), Egypt (4), Poland (2), Pakistan (1), Taiwan (10), and Turkey (8). 

Turkish Gokova (front) and Polish Generał Kazimierz Pułaski frigates
The two Perrys part of SNMG1
The two Perrys in Kiel Naval Base
I chose to include in a single post both ships in order to show the differences between the two vessels. Of the eight Gabya-class frigates in service with the Turkish Navy , the first four vessels have been modernized and upgraded extensively. The four vessels were fitted with an 8-cell Mk41 vertical launcher system (VLS) situated in front of the existing Mk13 SM-1 surface-to-air missiles (SAM) launcher, making a total of 32 RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) SAM. Moreover, a new Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D radar has replaced the AN/SPS-49(V)4 air-search radar.The ships have received upgrades including the GENESIS advanced combat management system (CMS), the Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse System (ASIST), a system that equips the majority of Turkish major surface combatants, so they can accommodate an S-70 helicopter in extreme sea states, modifications on their Mk92 director and Aselsan-made SATCOM antennas. Their Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) will also be upgraded in the near future to the most advanced configuration, the Block 1B Baseline 2. On the contrary, the Polish vessel has not received any kind of upgrades just some small additions like Orbit SATCOM and navigation radars. 

The two Perry class frigates; at the left is the modernized Turkish vessel

I should mention here that photos were forbidden aboard the Turkish vessel but I managed to take plenty of her from the Polish vessel. Nevertheless, inside the Turkish hangar the visitor could enjoy videos of the Turkish Navy and to receive leaflets or touristic maps. Enjoy photos! 

Perry class frigates
The masts of the ships
SMART-S Mk2 (left) and AN/SPS-49 (right)
Both retain their Mk92 FCS (eggs)
Polish Navy Generał Kazimierz Pułaski frigate
One of the two Orbit SATCOM is visible
Forward of the bridge is the SM-1 launcher
Mk92 (Mk53 antenna) and AN/SPS-49
Notice the variety of navigation radars on the Polish frigates
The crest of the Polish frigate
The twin hangar of the Polish frigate
The one of the two helicopter hangars of the Turkish frigate
S-70 helicopter on the flight deck
Phalanx CIWS (old block) atop the twin hangar
Closer photo of Phalanx CIWS

Turkish helicopter on Gokova
Notice the ASIST system below the S-70
The differences between the two frigates are visible.
The bridge of the Turkish frigate
The SM-1 launchers of the frigates
The Mk41 VLS of the Turkish ship
The Mk41 VLS can hold up to 32 ESSM
SM-1 SAM launcher
The bridge of the Polish frigate
Polish SM-1 launcher
Polish SM-1 launcher
View of Gokova
Polish SM-1 launcher
The Turkish ship has by far much more capabilities to engage air targets with its 72 SAM!
Port side of Pulaski
Triple torpedo launcher
TT launcher
Triple torpedo launcher
Mk32 ASW triple torpedo launcher
The Turkish ship has four M2HB HMGs
View from the Polish frigate's bridge of the Mk13 launcher
The bow deck of the Turkish ship that contains all of its SAM launchers.
Notice the mount (with the shield) for MG3 machine gun.
SMART-S Mk2 3D radar
Turkish AN/SLQ-32 EW suite
Polish AN/SLQ-32 EW suite
Two Mk32 SRBOC launchers
AN/SPS-49 of the Polish ship
At the top of the mast, the SPS-55
The different SATCOM terminals between the two ships
Mk92 radar/FCS
Improved Mk54 FCS
Improved Mk54 FCS
The two masts
SRBOC launchers of the Polish ship
SRBOC launchers of the Polish ship
Triple Mk32 TT of Gokova
One of the RIBs of Turkish frigate Gokova
View of the two ships
View of the ships
The Mk54 (STIR) with EO sensor
The Polish STIR FCS
Turkish 3in gun and STIR FCS
The Gokova frigate
One of the 12.7mm HMGs of Gokova
One of the 12.7mm HMGs of Gokova
Various of telecommunication radomes atop the hangar of Gokova
Phalanx CIWS of Gokova
The two frigates of the same type
Details of their masts
Another view of the ships
Another view of the ships as seen from the Polish vessel
OTO Melara 3in gun
Mk75 76/62mm gun
Mk75 76/62mm gun
Mk75 76/62mm gun
Phalanx CIWS
Phalanx CIWS
Phalanx CIWS
Mk54 FCS
The 6-barrel 20mm gatling gun of Phalanx CIWS
The 76mm gun of Pulaski
One of the RIBs of Pulaski
The two frigates
The two frigates
The two frigates
The two frigates
The portholes of AN/SL-Q-25 NIXIE
The Polish frigate carries SQR-19 VDS (note the big porthole to the left)
Forward of the two frigates had anchored the patrol vessel Thetis

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