I love how it feels when the things turn out more or less as the way you have planned. Since I first heard yesterday, that two PLAN warships passed through the Dardanelles and are heading for the Black Sea I was thinking in my head How I could intercept them at a suitable point in Istanbul with a good light. As the photos below will testify I was able to realize my plans.
Japanese and South Korean warship do regularly visit Istanbul, but we do not see many Chinese warships in the part of the world. This is the first time I am seeing any Chine warships in my long career of ship spotting and photographing.
And there are three of them. These two are in the Black Sea and according to the news there is a third one some where in the Eastern Med.
I would appreciate it if someone could tell me A) where these two are heading and B) the name of the third one in the Med.
The Ludu (Type 052A) class destroyer 113 Qingdao of PLAN passing through Bosphorus
The Jingkai II (Type 054A) class frigate 538 Yantai of PLAN with Topkapı Palace and Agia Sopiha in the background.