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Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Earlier this year the first German-designed submarine purchased by Turkey left its dock and will join the Turkish navy next year. It is one of six Reis-class submarines to be constructed at the Golchuk Naval Shipyard in Izmir in a deal that will net German death merchants an estimated $4 billion.

The acquisition of the submarines occurs as Turkey is embroiled in territorial conflicts with Greece and Cyprus over oil and natural gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Cyprus, Greece and Israel have formed an Energy Triangle to jointly exploit natural gas fields lying between Cyprus and Israel as well.)

It also occurs as Egypt has inaugurated a naval base near the Libyan border in what is being interpreted as a message to Turkey, which deployed its military to Libya to defeat the faction Egypt supported in the recently-concluded civil war. Turkey continues to maintain a military presence in Egypt’s western neighbor. It also threatened a French military vessel off the coast of Libya last year and is at war with the government of Syria, so Ankara has no friends in the Mediterranean. Except NATO.

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