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INTERVIEW: Commander Of The Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu 12 October, 2015

Turkey, faced with significant developments in the three surrounding seas, now has interests to protect also in high seas. The Turkish Naval Forces, whose strategic importance steadily increases not only for Turkey but also for the world in light of developments in recent years, is undergoing a transformation taking into account its current operational requirements as well as the future. Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu provided long-sought answers to questions as regards Turkish Naval Forces’ endeavours in accordance with Turkey’s current and future requirements.

C4Defence: Taking into consideration US Admiral Alfred Mahan’s theory on the role of naval power in defence and security, together with the dictum “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” by Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK, founder of the Republic of Turkey, what is your vision for the Turkish Naval Forces?

Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu: As US Admiral Alfred Mahan explicated in his Theory of Naval Supremacy, “dominating the seas by naval supremacy and controlling sea lines of communication” are inextricably associated with maintaining stability and security in the seas. This also corresponds to the concept of and desire for “Peace in the World” as expressed in Atatürk’s famous maxim. Conveyed by the supreme leader as the world’s ideal, this message requires duty consciousness as well as responsibility. In the particular context of Mahan’s statement, these high qualities have been fully embraced by the Turkish Naval Forces, seeking to contribute to Turkey and the world to realise this ideal.

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