ISTANBUL, Turkey is looking to expand its naval drills in order to boost its presence in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
According to Turkish news agency (Anadolu), the Sea Wolf 2019 military exercise, the largest annual drill of the Turkish Naval Forces will kick off next week.
The Sea Wolf drill, to be held between May 13 and May 25, will be one of the most comprehensive naval drills of the year.
The country is also mulling an international drill in the Mediterranean, where it faces multiple security threats, especially toward its oil and gas exploration attempts.
It will be held simultaneously in the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, with the participation of 131 vessels, 57 aircraft and 33 helicopters.
Along with the naval forces, other military units, including the Land, Air and the Special Forces, as well as the Coast Guard Command will join the exercise.
Some 25,900 officers will take part in live-fire exercise aiming to bolster the readiness for operations for Naval Forces.
The exercise will also be an opportunity for a show of force and diplomacy for Turkey as 85 vessels that take part in the exercise will visit 33 ports in Turkey and abroad in the last stage of the exercise and they will be open to public visit.
Source: Kuwait News Agency