Commander Of Turkish Navy In South Africa

Dignataries official photo In front-Adm Bilgel and V Adm Mudimu at the back- R Adm Teuteberg, Col Alp, Capt Karacaoglu, Cdr Can and R Adm Higgs Photo: SAN

The Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Murat Bilgel made a visit to South Africa between 23rd and 26th January 2012.

According to the South African Navy website a framework agreement for bilateral cooperation between two navies was yielded during this visit. As long as the piracy problem on Horn of Africa exists, Turkish Navy will be present in the Indian Ocean to protect. Therefore it is a very logical move for Turkish navy to establish cooperation with regional navies.

I know this news is a bit dated but I have just come across on the SAN webs site.

A Framework Agreement for potential Bilateral Cooperation between the South African and Turkish navies was yielded when Commander of the Turkish Navy, Admiral Murat Bilgel visited South Africa as a guest of the Chief of the SA Navy (C Navy), V Admiral Johannes Mudimu from 23-26 January 2012. The Admiral was accompanied by a delegation consisting of his wife Mrs. B. Bilgel, Capt Nihat Karacaoğlu and Cdr Yϋksel Can but was also escorted by Turkish Defence Attaché Col Erdogan Alp and his wife. Their visit would encompass a tour of sights and scenes spanning over three provinces ensuring no splendid beauty of the country would be missed.

After a grueling seven hour flight from Istanbul to OR Tambo International Airport, Admiral Bilgel’s first port-of-call was an honorary visit to the Turkish Ambassador to SA Mr. Vakur Gökdenizler, before proceeding to SA Navy Headquarters for a courtesy call with C Navy. During the courtesy call, the two admirals discussed possible future engagements between the two navies. The Navy Staff Council then gave the visiting delegates a presentation on the inner workings of the SA Navy which was reciprocated by the Turkish delegates who also paid a courtesy call to Chief of the SANDF at Army Headquarters who was represented by A/C SANDF Lt Gen Masondo. The two counterparts discussed the similarities and challenges between Defence Forces and then exchanged gifts to honour the occasion. The hectic programme for visiting delegates was concluded by a relaxing dinner in the evening hosted by C Navy.

The visit was a first of its kind of this magnitude between the two navies and was instrumental for paving the way for deeper ties between the two countries.

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