A reception was held on board the vessel with the participation of officials from the Royal Army of Oman, Royal Navy of Oman and embassies.
Speaking at the event, H E Atilay Ersan, Ambassador of Turkey to Oman said, “I am deeply honoured and privileged to welcome you onboard the Turkish frigate TCG Gelibolu on the occasion of its port visit to Muscat. Gelibolu is one of the towns of Çanakkale, a city where I come from.
“It is a peninsula situated in the European part of Turkey between the Aegean Sea and the Dardanelles. Gelibolu is more known as Gallipoli. It is where the fiercest battles took place when the Allied forces attacked the peninsula in 1915, during World War I.
“The invasion attempt did not succeed and after eight months of heavy fighting the Allied forces had to withdraw. The cost of the campaign was the death of 65,000 Turkish and 46,000 Allied forces and 500,000 casualties on both the sides.”
He added that at present, the international community is working together to curb threats against the seafarers and international trade. Turkey, having the means and the capacities, has not spared any efforts in joining the multinational operations to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and adjacent regions.
“Turkey and Oman are enjoying friendly relations of more than five centuries in every field.
“And I must confess that we are improving our cooperation satisfactorily in the area of defence as well. In this regard, I would like to express my sincere thanks to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and his government for the goodwill and support shown in every field.”
Lt Col Ali Tuna Baysal, commander of TCG Gelibolu said, “The two countries have shared a relationship for several years and it gives us immense pleasure to work closely for future ties.”