The cruisers of the navy find themselves at sea to work face to face and dozens of warships of all sides cross the international waters of the Mediterranean.
Ships from a wide range of countries have strengthened their presence in the Mediterranean over the past months, partly as a result of the ongoing Syrian civil war. The ships stick for the moment to maintain civilities and mutual respect, but sometimes the encounters border on the catastrophe.
Last week, a Turkish warship approached an Israeli naval missile in the international waters of the Mediterranean, a few kilometers away from the Israeli coast. Despite the tensions between countries, the position taken in such situations is generally to combine “respect and mistrust”. The sailors already had a clear view of their counterparts when suddenly the Turkish ship took a position that could easily have been interpreted as threatening. However, after a few minutes of tense radio silence, the Turks continued their way, and friction was avoided.
Sailors on these missile-loaded warships have become accustomed to such events. Over the past few months, they have faced a growing number of dozens of warships on their screens, including destroyers and aircraft carriers of the world’s military powers, sailing along the shores of Lebanon and Of Syria. This strengthening of their positions in these mediteranean waters is the result of the increasing involvement of Russia and the United States in the Syrian civil war.
The increased presence of Israeli warships among these American, Russian, French, Turkish, British, Italian and Greek warships is intentional. A lack of presence in these crucial times, in an area that is of strategic importance to Israel, would make it much harder to later require force.
“Over the past year and a half, we have begun to regain a major role with our navy, which have existed since the 19th century, ‘The Gun Boat Diplomacy’. (Diplomacy of the destroyer) We navigate these areas to preserve our freedom of navigation, “said a senior naval officer in Ynet.