ATHENS, (BM) – The Greek frigate F451 Limnos collided with the Turkish ship F247 Kemal Reis in the Mediterranean, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Greek news agency Armyvoice.gr.
According to the portal, the Turkish frigate was damaged. Armyvoice.gr notes that the collision could have been the result of maneuvering in a small space in the disputed area.
The General Staff of the National Defense of Greece (GEETHA) denied the information about the clash.
Armyvoice.gr notes that information about the incident appeared shortly after the previous naval conflict: earlier, a Turkish warship dangerously approached the Greek frigate Νικηφόρος Φωκά.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported, relations between Greece and Turkey have worsened due to Ankara’s plans to explore for gas and oil in the Aegean Sea. The Greek authorities have complained to the EU authorities about Turkey’s “provocative and illegal” behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Later, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his decision to temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. He said that the military would be sent to assess the situation in the area and monitor compliance with international law.
Turkey threatens Greece with missile fire
As we reported on August 11, a Greek helicopter was harassed early on Tuesday afternoon by three Turks in Kastelorizo, citing local news agency. According to the agency the Greek helicopter transported supplies and departed from Kastelorizo to Rhodes.
The Turkish press also refers to Oruç Reis aerial shield with reference to the Atmaca missiles, emphasizing at the same time a barrage of flights of Turkish unmanned vehicles on the coasts of Asia Minor, near Chios and recently it became known that a Turkish UAV was flying near Rhodes.
“Turkish UAVs provide control of the airspace of the search area, something that causes anger in Greece” Turkish sources said.
“Thanks to our Atmaca anti-ship missile, which was put into operation this year, the Greek side will not be able to target our vessels without retaliation in the SE Mediterranean”, Turkish sources emphasize.
The same sources also state that “any possible transfer of Greek troops by ships will be prevented by Atmaca missiles at a distance of 200 kilometers”.
While they emphasize that Oruç Reis has started research activities in the declared area, as the control of the airspace of the area is provided by Turkish unmanned vehicles.
Their purpose is to create an air shield on the ship, while the Oruç Reis has clearly “laid out” cables and is conducting research on an agenda.
In a statement on its Twitter account, the Turkish Ministry said that seismic activity had begun in the maritime jurisdiction of Turkey’s eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by surface units provided by the Turkish Navy.
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