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Barbaros Turkish Naval Task Group visits Cape Town

 

A press conference was held on board the TCG Gediz and hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Kaan Esener, and Commander of the Barbaros Turkish Naval Task Group, Mr. Ali Dede

By Girisha Naidoo, The Diplomatic Society's Roving Reporter

10 May 2014

As a demonstration of the Turkish naval capability and to support the Turkish foreign policy, Barbaros Turkish Naval Task Group will circumnavigate the African continent, making port calls in a total of 26 African states.

The Barbaros Task Group set sail from Gölcük Naval Base on 17 March 2014 and is expected to return to base on 27 June 2014.

They will sail around the African continent in about 100 days, starting from the west coast and conclude on the east coast, conducting port calls and training missions.

On Saturday, 10 May, the Barbaros Task Group made a port call in Cape Town, with three warships docking at the V&A Waterfront in Table Bay Harbour:

1.    TCG Gediz (F-495)
2.    TCG Oruçreis (F-245)
3.    TCG Heybeliada (F-511)

A press conference was held on board the TCG Gediz and hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Kaan Esener, and Commander of the Barbaros Turkish Naval Task Group, Mr. Ali Dede

 

Girisha Naidoo, The Diplomatic Society's Roving Reporter pictured with Ambassador Kaan Esener (left) and naval officers (right)

The objectives of this year’s activation are:

•    To conduct presence operations in the oceans around Africa in line with the Turkish Foreign Policy
•    To conduct the first ever sail by the Turkish Republic Naval Forces Units through Cape of Good Hope
•    To improve current bilateral relations with African nations and to establish new ones
•    To contribute to the safety of sea lines of communication
•    to support ongoing anti-piracy efforts
•    To conduct humanitarian assistance activities
•    To support African nations’ capacity building efforts in maritime security
•    To conduct port visits and bilateral / multi-national trainings and exercises
•    To demonstrate the acquired capabilities and capacities of the Turkish Naval Forces
•    To execute live guided missile and gunnery firings in Denel Overberg Test Range in South Africa
•    To exhibit Turkish National Defense Industry products

 

With this Cape Town Port visit, the Turkish Maritime Task Group hope to improve Turkish-South African relations.
“We have a lot to learn from African countries, similarly South Africa as well because you have good experiences and have achieved a lot. So we are here to see how to interact after which we will help each other and see what we can learn as well,” said Esener.

 

 


 
 
 
 

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