The Greek reaction to Turkey’s announcement of a new illegal NAVTEX that will running until November 4, was immediate, especially since it moves the area of Turkish seismic activity further southwest into Greece’s sovereign rights.
Specifically, the Heraklion station of the Navy’s hydrographic service issued a cancellation directive (anti-NAVTEX).
This is to remind the Turks that they have no jurisdiction in the specific area where the responsibility for transmitting naval announcements belongs.
Specifically, the Greek NAVTEX emphasizes that the Turkish NAVTEX refers to “unauthorized and illegal activity” in an area that “covers the Greek continental shelf”.
Only the Heraklion station in Crete has the authority to issue NAVTEX messages in the area that Turkey has announced will be the areas of operations for the Oruç Reis Turkish research vessel.
Late Saturday night, Turkey with a new NAVTEX, a naval warning announcement, issued by the Attaleia (Ἀττάλεια, Turkish: Antalya) Hydrographic Station, extended the research area of the Oruç Reis and its accompanying warships until November 4 in the sea area south of Rhodes and east of Karpathos.
It is recalled that the previous Turkish NAVTEX for Oruç Reis investigations was valid until October 27.
The following is the Greek NAVTEX:
242140 UTC OCT 20
IRAKLEIO STATION NAVWARN 624/20
SOUTHEAST CRETAN SEA
1. UNAUTHORIZED STATION HAS NAVTEX BROADCAST
MESSAGE NUMBER FA22-1332 / 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.
2. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO DISREGARD NAVTEX
MESSAGE NUMBER FA22-1332 / 20.
3. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 042059 UTC NOV 20.