Turkish research vessel sails out of Navtex zone

Turkish hydrographic vessel Çeşme was sailing in Turkish waters and out of the Navtex zone where the vessel was dispatched a few days ago.

The vessel is scheduled to survey an area between the Greek islands of Limnos, Skyros and Alonnisos from February 18 to March 2.

Last Tuesday, sources in Turkey’s National Defence Ministry complained that Greek fighter jets had “harassed” Çeşme while it was sailing in international waters in the Northern Aegean, a claim vehemently denied by Greek sources from the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA).

The same GEETHA sources said that the Hellenic Air Force carried out an exercise involving 29 aircraft in the central Aegean Sea. 

They said an air space notice, or Notam, designating the area was issued on February 9, five days before Turkey’s illegal navigational warning (Navtex).

(A version of this article was originally published by Kathimerini and reproduced by permission.)