Turkish navy leaves message for Greece on anniversary of Istanbul’s conquest

The Turkish navy placed a message made up of a nationalist motto in the Mediterranean Sea for Greece to see, OdaTV reported on Friday.

The message was in the form of names given to maritime areas where military exercises are to take place, over NAVTEX, the navigational telex system used to deliver warnings and forecasts for vessel activity and weather forecasts.

Four areas to the south of the Greek island of Crete were named “Ne”, “Mutlu”, “Türküm” and “Diyene”, a phrase modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used in a speech for the 10th anniversary of the republic that means, “How happy is the one who says I am a Turk.”

The move was by order of the Turkish Defence Ministry, OdaTv said.

Earlier on, as part of celebrations of the conquest, officials from Turkey’s religious affairs directorate had recited the surah al Fatih (“Conquest”) at the Hagia Sophia, a 6th century Byzantine cathedral that was turned into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. The site is currently a museum.