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.
The German sub is part of what's known as Hitler's lost fleet‚ one of six U-boats sent to attack the Russian Black Sea Fleet in 1942.
Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar says Ankara will never allow its interests in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to be compromised.
Several members of the alliance feel concerned over Ankara's plan to purchase Moscow's sophisticated S-400 anti-missile defence systems.
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