Anti-Navtex was issued by the Navy’s hydrographic service station in Heraklion.
On the occasion of the new illegal Navtex issued by the Antalya station for investigations of Oruch Reyes in an area within the Greek continental shelf, between Rhodes and Kastellorizo.
The Greek Navtex emphasizes that the Turkish Navtex concerns “an unauthorized activity” and is “illegal” because the area that extends “overlaps the Greek continental shelf”. In the Greek Navtex it is also underlined that the station of the hydrographic service of the Navy in Heraklion has the jurisdiction for the issuance of messages in the specific sea area.
The Greek Navtex:
212200 UTC OCT 20 IRAKLEIO STATION NAVWARN 618/20
UNAUTHORIZED STATION HAS BROADCAST NAVTEX MESSAGE NUMBER FA17-1314 / 20 IN HELLENIC NAVTEX SERVICE AREA, REFERRING TO UNAUTHORIZED AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN AN AREA THAT OVERLAPS THE GREEK CONTINENTAL SHELF. IRAKLEIO NAVTEX STATION HAS THE AUTHORITY TO BROADCAST NAVTEX MESSAGES IN THE AREA.
ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO DISREGARD NAVTEX MESSAGE NUMBER FA17-1314 / 20.
CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 272059 UTC OCT 20.
Turkey Continues Challenges: New Navtex for Oruc Reis – What is the course?
Turkey continued its provocative stance by launching a new Navtex for Oruc Reis late Wednesday night.
The new Navtex, previously announced by the pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, extends Oruc Reis’ presence in the region until midnight on October 27th. This includes areas along the Turkish coast from the height of Kastelorizo to the sea area east of Rhodes.
Another Navtex issued by the Smyrna station refers to the demilitarization of Psara, citing the Treaty of Lausanne.
The above developments come after the continuing anxiety that prevails for the movements of the Turkish research vessel in the region.
On Wednesday night the Turkish research vessel was at a distance of 30-35 n.m. from island. Shortly before midnight, the “Oruc Reis” made a new turn, as evidenced by its position in marinetraffic.com, and was moving west at a slow speed.
Today, as shown on the map of marinetraffic.com, it was moving at a reduced speed, changing its course to the northwest for a few nautical miles and then turning in a southwesterly direction. However, it did not complete the cycle he usually does in the area, and after 5 in the morning it made another turn and moves northeast to Kastelorizo, at a distance of about 25 to 30 nautical miles.
The Greek Navy is within walking distance
The above moves are made under the watchful eye of the Navy that remains in the sea area around Kastelorizo, preventing Turkish research to get closer than the “red” lines set by Athens. In fact, a photo-documentary shows a Greek frigate being within breathing distance, while the Oruc Reis is making a U-turn, moving southwest, earlier yesterday.