Turkish Naval Forces – Dependable in Cooperation, Deterrent in Crises and Decisive in Combat

Issue 80

“The one who rules the seas, rules the world”, is a well-known excerpt attributed to Barbaros Hayrettin, Grand Admiral of the Turkish Fleet in the sixteenth century. The main point, which we would all agree upon is that, Sea Power was in the past, still is today and will be in the future, at the core of world order. The one who dominates the sea also happens to rule over the world, nations who best utilize this potential, dominate the global system.

Over 150 of the 193 United Nations member nations are coastal states. 75% of the world population, more than 80% of the world’s capital and approximately all global trade and military power centers are located near coasts. Maritime transportation is much cheaper in comparison to land, air or railway transportation. 90% of the world’s trade is seaborne and 75% of that trade passes through a limited number of choke points and international straits.