Turkey has launched its largest military exercise amid rising tensions over hydrocarbon exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Operation ‘Sea Wolf’ began yesterday.
Turkish National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, reiterated the commitment of the country’s armed forces to protect the sovereignty, independence, rights and law of the nation.
“Our aim in military exercises is to show that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is extremely determined, committed and capable of ensuring the security, sovereignty, independence, maritime rights and benefits of Turkey”, the defence minister said.
“These activities are followed closely not only within the country but also by our foreign counterparts”, he added.
The defence minister underlined Turkey’s determination in the fight against terror at home and abroad.
“We take all necessary measures to protect the rights and the law of our country in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus”, Akar stressed.
Around 131 warships, 57 warplanes and 33 helicopters will participate in the exercise which will be held in the Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea until 25 May.