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Fourteen Turkish warships are still unaccounted for, their commanders suspected to be among the plotters who sought to overthrow President Erdogan.

The 14 missing ships were reportedly on active duty in either the Aegean or the Black Sea and have not tried to make contact with naval headquarters or report back to the port.

The commander of the Turkish navy, Admiral Veysel Kosele, has not been heard from since Friday. Many suspect the warships may be heading to Greek ports.

On Saturday, a number of Turkish military officers took a helicopter to Greece to seek asylum.

The Turkish Navy operates a wide variety of ships, including; 16 frigates, 8 corvettes, 13 submarines, 23 missile boats, 28 patrol boats, 32 mine countermeasures vessels, 29 landing ships, and various auxiliary ships. The total displacement of the Turkish Navy is approximately 259,000 tonnes.

The Turkish military coup failed on Saturday morning as soldiers surrender after many dead and hundreds arrested.

Crowds confronted the coup plotters and gunfire and explosions were heard. At least 60 people died in the exchanges.

The president returned to Istanbul, calling the coup attempt an “act of treason” and saying the army must be cleansed. He told crowds the government was now back in control.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters, with a helicopter being shot down by an F-16.

At least 60 people are understood to have died with more than 700 members of the armed forces have been detained. 17 Turkish police officers were killed in a helicopter attack at the police special forces headquarters just outside of Ankara.

Reuters reported that in early hours of Saturday local time, the coup appears to have “crumbled” as crowds defied pro-coup military orders and gathered in major squares of Istanbul and Ankara to oppose the coup. Reuters also reported pro-coup soldiers surrendering to the police in Taksim Square, Istanbul.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Is the government really ‘back in control?’

    I’m kind of wondering about this. This sounds just simply too Muslim Brotherhood-esk………………

  2. I am starting to think this was a inside job to shore up his flagging popularity….700 military personell mesn mothing to people who want ultimate power

  3. Can you imagine the fear and uncertainty it would cause if military personnel from muslim nations fleed with hardware and equipment and pledged their allegiance to Daesh? Then later regrouping. Can you imagine if secretly the plotters of the Turkish coup were actually supporters of Daesh and in a country holding nuclear weapons.

    I hope in the corridors of Whitehall and Washington that this scenario is actually discussed as it frightens the hell out of me as we know this murderous ideology has an appeal to those that have seen the region in conflict since the nineties.

  4. Warships for sale. Lightly used and never in anger. Still in warrantee and fully loaded (literally). Send all offers to Memmet. Also partially trained crew by separate negotiation.

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