Ankara realised that it cannot just rely upon NATO for its survival. The post-July 15 Turkey values self-reliance and alternative international alliances more than ever.
The Turkish announcement came in the heat of an escalating row over maritime borders and rights to large natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.
The vital role Turkey has played in Libya and against warlord Khalifa Haftar has given Ankara a louder voice when it comes to the battle for supremacy in the Eastern Mediterranean.
After dominating the battlefields of Syria and Libya with frigates and drones, Turkish military advisers are now using robots in the Libyan conflict.
Ankara’s long-term plans to strengthen its naval forces are paying off in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Cyclone helicopter was deployed onboard the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton and was participating in a NATO training exercise off the coast of Greece when the incident occurred, according to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Turkey made a big investment in improving its naval defences in the last decade, increasing the number of warships and military vessels and relying on homegrown technology.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends ceremony commissioning new Turkish naval corvette and starting construction of ship for Pakistan navy.
The ship is capable of carrying Sikorsky S-70 helicopter or unmanned aircraft, along with the associated armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling systems and maintenance facilities.
Sea Wolf or Denizkurdu 2019 exercise, supervised by the Turkish navy, will run through May 25 in the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea with 131 warships, 57 warplanes and 33 helicopters.
The exercise was part of Turkey's national naval war games called Blue Motherland-2019.
The Blue Homeland 2019 drill is Turkey's largest navy drill in its history, involving 103 vessels in all three seas surrounding the country, military sources say.
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