– FoxtrotAlpha – Turkey, and especially Istanbul, has been called the crossroads of the world, geographically and commercially connecting Europe with Asia, and the Mediterranean with the Black Sea. The latter of which happens to be crucial to Russian shipping and especially its naval operations, acting as a corridor for the Black Sea Fleet to access the world. With tensions broiling over Turkey’s shooting-down of a Russian Su-24, and with Russian sanctions looming, Turkey may be brandishing its ultimate “soft power” weapon in hopes of controlling Moscow’s response; shutting down or slowing Russia’s access to the strategic nexus between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus Strait.
– Defense News – The Oliver Hazard Perry guided missile frigates are one of the most numerous warships classes built since World War II. The first ships entered service in the 1980s, but many still serve under the flags of other nations, all of whom are intensely interested in keeping these vintage ships as effective as possible.
– Globe and Mail – The Turkish research vessel, Koka Piri Reis, continues to raise hackles among countries around the eastern Mediterranean.
– Associated Press – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his belligerent rhetoric against Israel, saying that the country’s warships will escort Turkish Gaza-bound aid ships in the future to prevent a repeat of last year’s Israeli raid on a flotilla that killed nine people.
– Al Jazeera – Ankara offers ships and submarine to help enforce arms embargo on Libya as talks over NATO’s role in Libya continue.
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