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Turkish Frigate Gemlik in NATO Operation

Turkish Frigate Gemlik in NATO Operation 10 November, 2016

NATO commenced a maritime security operation dubbed ‘Sea Guardian’ in the Mediterranean Sea today. Italian frigate ITS Aviere, Bulgarian frigate BGS Verni, Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, Greek submarine HS Papanikolis and the Spanish submarine ESPS Mistral undertook the first patrol mission. Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey will also be supporting Sea Guardian with rotational maritime patrol flights. Informinf the first patrol is to continue until 17 November, the officials explained the goal of this exercise as improved maritime situational awareness, counter-terrorism and capacity building.

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