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The Battle of Preveza by Ohannes Umed Behzad. From Wikipedia

 The 27th September, the anniversary of the Battle of Preveza, is celebrated as the Day of the Navy.

On 27th September 1538, a naval battle for the supremacy in the Mediterranean, was fought between the Ottoman Navy commandeered by Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa and the fleet of a Christian alliance assembled by Pope Paul III and commandeered by Andrea Doria.

With the victory at Preveza and the subsequent victory in the Battle of Djerba in 1560, the Ottoman Empire successfully repulsed the efforts of Venice and Spain, the two principal Mediterranean powers, to stop the Turkish drive to control the Mediterranean. This only changed with the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

According to marvelous book Empires of The Sea by the historian Roger Crowley, the importance of the Battle of Preveza lays in its psychological effects as the battle shattered the morale of the Christian Alliance that fought against the Ottoman Empire for the control of the Mediterranean.

The celebrate the 472th anniversary of this battle on 27th September, Turkish warship will be opened to the public in the folliwonig cities: Hopa, Samsun, Sinop, Amasra, Istanbul, Bandirma, Erdek, Izmir, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Antalya, Mersin and Iskenderun.

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