The Enemy(!) through the periscope of a Greek submarine
As a photographer I am a firm believer of the saying “one photo is better that thousand words”.
The above is a photo from the official web page of Greek Naval Forces. Please mind that the photo is only in the Greek part of the web site and cannot be found on the English part. The photo shows the Turkish frigate F-497 TCG Göksu, taken from the periscope of a Greek submarine. The original photo can be found at the “Shots” section of the Photo Gallery of Greek Navy.
I assume that the photo was made during or after an international exercise where the Turkish frigate and the Greek submarine took part.
My assumption is based on the following points:
- The Turkish frigate is not moving and transferring crew to a small boat.
- The angle of the photo indicates that the submarine was on the surface and the periscope was raised as the photo does not look up to the Turkish ship if the submarine would be submerged and the periscope would be just above the sea level. Thus the Greek submarine was visible to the Turkish ship.
All this points show that the photo was made during a relaxed time and not when the two adversaries were playing cat and mouse, but this should not fool us.
Such periscope shots are sought after prices in naval community as they show how close the target was to be shot at by the submarine; such photos prove that the submarine has caught its enemy with its pants down.
But why on earth would a naval force of a nation puts a picture of an other nations warship taken through the periscope of a submarine? If they are not declaring their ill intent and their hatred towards the other nation what would be their message? Or does the Greek Naval Forces want to justify their existence by implying that they can shot other nations warships?
What this photo conveys us is clear and unmistakable aggression and open hostility. And nothing else.
The end of December is a time of the year when we all hope and prey for a better future. So when you go where ever you go to prey for a better future and peace on earth please do a little harder this time, as there are many who do not want peace at all.