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La frégate bulgare Verni a participé avec succès à l'opération de contre-terrorisme maritime OTAN en Méditerranée

La frégate bulgare Verni a participé avec succès à l'opération de contre-terrorisme maritime OTAN en Méditerranée | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Burgas. The Bulgarian Frigate Verni concluded a more than a month support to NATO‘s counter-terrorism Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) 2014. Verni and her crew of 130 Sailors, under the command of Commander Pavlin Petkov, entered the Mediterranean Sea and commenced support to OAE on October 7th.
During their patrol, the crew monitored shipping in the designated area of operations in the Mediterranean, identifying and hailing several merchant vessels, and they also participated in a specialized module of training at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center in Souda Bay, Greece.
“The ship is capable and ready to take part in such missions and operations. I think we did credit to the Bulgarian Navy, the Defence Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria and the country,” Commander Pavlin Petkov stated.

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Il s'agit d'une frégate ex-belge "Wielingen" mise en service en 1978 et vendue à la Bulgarie en 2008

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Le chef de la Marine bulgare exprime le besoin de nouveaux navires et sous-marins à construire sur les chantiers du pays

Le chef de la Marine bulgare exprime le besoin de nouveaux navires et sous-marins à construire sur les chantiers du pays | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it
Bulgaria's Navy need 2-3 new multifunctional ships, said the commander of the Bulgarian Navy, Rear Admiral Dimitar Denev, quoted by the BTA wire service.
The ships should be built in Bulgarian shipyards, because the current ones are old, Russian-made and do not comply with NATO standards. If they are built in Bulgaria, they would be cheaper and the maintenance would be easier, in Denev's words.
According to Denev, the new ships must be multifunctional – for defence of other ships, oil platforms and convoys and have a helicopter on board. 
He said the Navy also needs new submarines. Currently the training of Bulgaria's navy staff takes place on Turkish submarines, because Bulgaria has zero submarines.
Patrick H. 's insight:

On pourra se souvenir que DCNS n'avait pas réussi en 2007 à finaliser un contrat d'achat de corvettes par la Bulgarie :

http://www.leblogfinance.com/2007/12/armaris-dcns-re.html


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Un bâtiment de combat russe va effectuer un grand carénage en Bulgarie : difficultés de la maintenance sur les chantiers russes ?

Un bâtiment de combat russe va effectuer un grand carénage en Bulgarie : difficultés de la maintenance sur les chantiers russes ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Russian Naval portal flot.com posted today that one of the Ropucha class, large landing ships of the Black Sea Fleet 158 Caesar Kunikov will be overhauled in Bulgaria and this despite the ban of sending Russian warships to foreign shipyards for repairs by Vladimir Putin.

 

Order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to ban the repair of warships of the Russian Navy outside the country will not affect the large landing ship (BDK) “Caesar Kunikov,” said the Central Navy Portal source of the Black Sea Fleet. Soon the ship, according to the previously signed contract, will leave the shipyard in Bulgaria. 

According to the source portal, delivery BDK to repair plant is scheduled for early July. Currently, the ship is ready to send, deliver it to the plant by the tug. ”Best BDK repair these Polish in Poland, but to drive through Europe – expensive” – shared source TSVMP. Repairs Russian navy warship in Varna will be held in the state debt of Bulgaria to the Soviet Union. Back in April 2013, Vladimir Putin has rejected a proposal by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia to send warships to renovate on foreign shipyards. How then wrote “The News”, the President instructed to organize the work of a ship repair yards in the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on defense. Presidential Order has called into question the implementation of the signed contract early and the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence shipyard “Naval arsenal” of full restoration of BDK “Caesar Kunikov. BDK The plan was to leave for a two-year overhaul in March 2013. In connection with the presidential decree froze the Navy sent ships to Varna. All the while, “Caesar Kunikov” was in the harbor of Sevastopol, pending a command. In May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told RIA “Novosti” that each order for shipbuilding and ship repair outside the country will be tested individually.


There a few important information in the short text.
In her current state Caesar Kunikov is not capable to make this short trip of 300 nautical miles from Sevastopol to Varna on her own. She has to be towed. She participated to the April activation of the BlackSeaFor last year and I had the opportunity to visit the ship. The visitors were not allowed to the inside of the ship so I have no idea about the state of her interior. But if a ship becomes inoperable in a year this tells much about the maintenance in Russian Navy.

Another important thing is that Russia is using foreign yard for overhaul or repair its ships. What does this means for the Russian shipbuilding industry? Does it meant that the Russian shipyards are to overloaded with new constructions, that they cannot spare any resources to repair old ships? Or does it mean that the Russian Navy is not satisfied with the quality of the workmanship in Russian shipyards and prefers foreign yards?

Any way you look at it the sight is not pretty.

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Le Mindef bulgare lance un plan de modernisation de ses armées : l'acquisition de navires de surface et d'1 sous-marin est prévue

Le Mindef bulgare lance un plan de modernisation de ses armées : l'acquisition de navires de surface et d'1 sous-marin est prévue | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

WARSAW — Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military’s armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

The ministry aims to ensure that Bulgaria’s defense industry takes part in the designed program, Shalamanov said, as reported by local news site Mediapool.bg.

Shalamanov said the most important military procurements for the forthcoming years will include acquisition of new multipurpose fighter jets by the Bulgarian Air Force. Currently, all fighter jets operated by Bulgaria are Russia-built. These include the MiG-21, MiG-29 and the Sukhoi Su-25.

Other major armament programs in the pipeline include acquisition of a new submarine and an undisclosed number of new vessels for the Navy, according to the minister.

Shalamanov said the ministry is aiming to draft a program that will enable the government to boost military expenditure to 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, Bulgaria is spending about 1.3 percent of its GDP on national defense.

Shalamanov was appointed Bulgaria’s defense minister Aug. 6 in the caretaker government of Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki. A new government is expected to be formed following the parliamentary election, which is scheduled for Oct. 5.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Ce plan vient confirmer l'expression de besoin formulée très récemment par le chef de la Marine bulgare :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4025906702/2014/08/07/le-chef-de-la-marine-bulgare-exprime-le-besoin-de-nouveaux-navires-et-sous-marins-a-construire-sur-les-chantiers-du-pays

En 2007, DCNS avait tenté en vain d'obtenir en Bulgarie un contrat pour l'achat de corvettes :

http://www.leblogfinance.com/2007/12/armaris-dcns-re.html

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/bulgaria-orders-4-gowind-200-frigates-from-dcns-03951/



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La Marine bulgare organise l'exercice Breeze 2013 en Mer Noire du 6 au 15 juillet

La Marine bulgare organise l'exercice Breeze 2013 en Mer Noire du 6 au 15 juillet | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Photo : P-338 TCG Bora will take part in the Bulgarian naval exercise Breeze-2013 in the Black Sea.

 

Bulgarian Naval Forces are hosting an international naval exercise called Breeze 2013 between 6 and 15 July 2013.

According to Turkish Navy Turkish Gür class (Type 209/1400 Mod) submarine S-360 TCG Birinci İnönü is taking part in the exercise as well as the fast attack craft TCG Bora and the minesweeper TCG Sığacık.

NATO’s SNMCMG-2 will take part in this exercise along with Bulgarian units.

As Bulgaria decommissioned its last submarine in 2011 Turkey is the only NATO nation in the Black Sea that can provide submarines for the naval exercises.

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