Turkish forces committed to protect nation: Defense minister
"Our aim in military exercises is to show that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are extremely determined, committed and capable of ensuring the security, sovereignty, independence, maritime rights and benefits of Turkey,” Hulusi Akar said late on May 12.
Some 131 warships, 57 warplanes and 33 helicopters will participate in the exercise which will run through May 25 in the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea.
“These activities are followed closely not only within the country but also by our foreign counterparts," Akar added.
He underlined Turkey's determination in the fight against terror at home and abroad.
“We take all necessary measures to protect the rights and the law of our country in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus."