The Turkish Navy is promoting regional initiatives, in particular Black Sea Naval Force and Operation Black Sea Harmony, sustaining friendly and allied relations in the Aegean, and maintaining a robust presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. This will protect interests in Turkey’s maritime jurisdiction areas to cope with regional turbulences and to ensure energy security, including through conducting Operation Mediterranean Shield.
Commensurate with NATO’s cornerstone role in Turkey’s defense and security policy and in support of Alliance Maritime Strategy, the Turkish Navy is taking part in collective defense- and crisis-management operations, contributing to standing naval groups, supporting alliance outreach policies, and undertaking smart defense initiatives such as the recently activated Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence.
While supporting the U.N.–mandated UNIFIL mission in the Eastern Mediterranean to contribute to regional stability, the Turkish Navy is supporting allied and coalition operations against piracy off the coast of Somalia to ensure the safety and security of global maritime trade. It is also deploying the Turkish Maritime Task Group in areas of interests to further contribute to international maritime security and capacity-building efforts, exploring opportunities to increase cooperation with the African Union and the regional formations and countries in the continent, and participating in regional and trans-regional maritime situational-awareness initiatives, such as the Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Centre and Trans-Regional Maritime Network.
As we share overlapping areas of maritime interest, the Turkish Navy is also seeking to increase cooperation with European navies in the multinational structures such as the European Amphibious Initiative and European Maritime Force and looks forward to having mutually beneficial involvement in the maritime dimension of Common Security and Defense Policy activities.
While actively contributing to NATO’s missions and operations, the Turkish Navy will continue developing complementary cooperative relations in support of truly indivisible global maritime security.