8 Jan 2012 Leave a comment
Libyan Naval Forces Command has asked Turkey’s cooperation in reconstruction of its armada, training of mariners and in military issues.
Bases in Tripoli, Homs, Misurata, Sirte and Benghazi cities have been damaged during NATO’s operations in May following the the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule.
Libyan officials recalled that several Turkish companies had constructed the ports in Tripoli and Homs 20 years ago, noting that some Libyan officers had been trained in Turkey too. Commander Mustafa Joha in Tripoli base told AA that Turkey had an advanced fleet force, adding that they wanted to make cooperation with Turkey.
Noting that warships, arsenals and ports had been severely damaged during NATO operation, Joha said that it would take a few years to reconstruct the armada. Joha said that Libya and Turkey were two Muslim countries, adding that Turkey extended great support to Libya during the civil war.
This invitation from Libya could be seen as a payoff that Turkish Navy was helping the Libyans to get rid of the Gaddafi Regime but in the mean time was not actively destroying the country.
Click here for more photos from the remains of Libyan Navy in the Post Gaddafi Era.