Turkish warships sail to Dakar as part of Africa tour
By Sidi Ould Abdel-Malek, Thursday, April 03, 2014
NOUAKCHOTT – Four Turkish warships have left the Nouakchott port in Mauritanian heading out for Dakar, Senegal, as part of an African tour.
The Barbaros Turkish Maritime Task Group, comprised of two frigates, a corvette and a replenishment tanker, had arrived in Nouakchott Tuesday.
They were welcomed by Turkish Ambassador Musa Kulaklikaya and a host of Mauritanian government and military officials.
At a Tuesday press conference at the Turkish embassy in Nouakchott, Rear Admiral Ali Murat Dede – task force commander – said the African tour aimed to enhance Turkey's relations with African navies and conduct drills with a view to combatting maritime crime and piracy.
Stressing that the task force's mission was not only about military cooperation, Dede said the force would also conduct health examinations and provide medical assistance and food aid at various stops of the tour.
The 102-day tour, which will cover 15,000 nautical miles and include 27 countries, is scheduled to wrap up on June 27.
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