In view of such a prospective new security environment, however, both the challenges and the means to cope with them would be similar: Maritime security could still be achieved not only with the neutralization of conventional threats, but also through cooperative efforts against asymmetric risks and threats—including but not limited to cyber attacks, terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and all forms of illicit trafficking and piracy. More important, however, all other nations would be required to redouble their efforts toward enhanced cooperative security, because no single nation alone could deal with such difficulties.
The Turkish Navy in recent years has launched and participated in several cooperative multinational initiatives in its region. As part of any realignment in the maritime power structure it would expect to see an increase in its role as a leader as well as in supporting capacities.
Regardless of the level of U.S. global engagement, however, the Turkish Navy will remain committed to being a positive influence in and around Turkey’s surrounding seas and wherever it is deemed to be part of its primary mission: Safeguarding Turkey’s maritime interests while contributing to global efforts for a safe and secure maritime environment through regional initiatives.
In order to align its capabilities with the requirements of such an evolving security environment and its national interests, the Turkish Navy will continue to refine its force-planning processes, training activities, and cooperative engagements, bearing always in mind that only with effective, well-trained and interoperable forces can a desired valuable contribution to regional as well as global peace and security be achieved.