Last Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:34 am (KSA) 08:34 am (GMT)

From the Hürriyet Daily News: Turkish Navy adopts new high-sea strategy

This file photo shows a Spanish platform which Spain wants to sell to Turkey. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK
This file photo shows a Spanish platform which Spain wants to sell to Turkey. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

Turkey’s Naval Forces aim to protect lanes of communication on the high seas to assure global maritime security and protect national interests under an austere defense budget as part of its new strategy, a top Turkish Navy commander has said.

“Our force planners use strategic decision-making, focusing on sophisticated, modular designs that allow us to move toward economy in our operations with fewer crew and lower fuel costs. The objective is to maintain and develop a credible naval force despite budget constraints,” Admiral E. Murat Bilgel, commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, said in an interview in the March issue of Proceedings, a monthly magazine published by the United States Naval Institute.

(For more on this, please see: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-navy-adopts-new-high-sea-strategy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=15869&NewsCatID=338)

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