The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) carried out joint navy drills with the Azerbaijani and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Armies as a part of the continuing “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk-2023” joint navy workouts, which started on Monday.
The second day of the three-day tactical drills, which can also be marked as a “Distinguished Observer Day,” continued with the participation of Turkish and Azerbaijani commando models, in addition to Turkish F-16s and Bayraktar TB2 drones, which carried out numerous maneuvers in opposition to simulated enemies.
The Distinguished Observer Day of the navy workouts was attended by Turkish Protection Minister Yaşar Güler and his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov, in addition to Tajik Protection Minister Sherali Mirzo.
The drills, with the participation of three,000 navy personnel from each nations, are being carried out in numerous elements of Azerbaijan, together with the capital Baku, the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, and within the territories liberated after a 44-day warfare with Armenia within the fall of 2020.
Additionally on Tuesday, the TRNC began two days of joint navy workouts in Northern Cyprus.
The land part of the Martyr Ensign Caner Gönyeli-2023 Search and Rescue Invitation Train on Tuesday began with the participation of civilian and navy parts.
The purpose of the train is to guard the rights and pursuits of Türkiye and the TRNC within the Search and Rescue (SAR) space within the Japanese Mediterranean.
It additionally goals to help within the official registration and strengthening of the sovereignty of the TRNC, to attract public consideration to the worth that’s given to look and rescue actions, and to SAR area boundaries.
Seven nations – Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Philippines, Kosovo, Qatar, Libya and Pakistan – are attending the train as observers.
The naval a part of the train shall be held on Wednesday within the TRNC’s territorial waters.
Talking at a press briefing, Maj. Gen. Osman Aytaç, the TRNC’s Safety Forces commander, stated search and rescue actions require skilled personnel, good group, shut coordination and cooperation.
He added that Turkish Cyprus search and rescue groups have carried out 112 search and rescue missions since 2002.
“The TRNC is able to perform search and rescue operations in all environments, day and night time, in territorial waters or worldwide waters, at any time, in unity with parts of its (ancestral) homeland, the Republic of Türkiye,” Aytaç confused.
The island of Cyprus has been mired in a decadeslong dispute between Turkish and Greek Cypriots regardless of a sequence of diplomatic efforts by the United Nations to realize a complete settlement.
Türkiye absolutely helps a two-state resolution on the island based mostly on sovereign equality and equal worldwide standing between its two states.