By Mehmet Guney
Turkiye's fourth drillship, Abdulhamid Han, has made headlines
internationally after setting sail on August 9, Yeni Shafak daily
The Abdulhamid Han drilling ship, one of only five in the world
and the only one in Turkiye, has arrived at its duty station in
Gazipasa. The news grabbed the headlines of international
The ship's official inauguration had widespread repercussions in
Greece. CNN Greece commented that 'Erdogan made a show of strength'
for the ceremony where the ship was commissioned.
Another Greek newspaper Kathimerini carried the report on the
front page, describing the ship's embarkation as Erdogan's success.
The news titled 'Turkiye has sent a new drilling ship to the
Mediterranean', underlined that Erdogan announced the launch of
Turkiye's fourth drilling ship, which would operate at the
Ta Nea, on the other hand, carried the report under the title
'Abdulhamid Han started to operation'.
The ship was launched with Erdogan's comments, 'We do not need
permission or approval from anyone,' according to German news
outlet Deutsche Welle. The Chinese news outlet Xinhua also reported
the story, under the title 'Turkiye's fourth research ship cruises
to the east of the Mediterranean'.
President Erdogan's statements were widely reported on the
Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV with the caption 'Turkiye has restarted
natural gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean'.
'The president of Turkiye has commissioned the country's brand
new and the largest undersea hydrocarbon drill ship,' ABC News
reported with Erdogan's words 'We do not need permission or
approval from anyone' in the news.
Belgian newspaper The Brussels Times broke the news under the
headline“Turkiye continues offshore drilling for oil and gas”. The
newspaper added that President Erdogan has launched a new oil and
gas exploration campaign, emphasizing that it is being carried out
on the Turkish coasts and in its own national waters.
Turkiye's other drilling vessels of Fatih, Kanuni, and Yavuz are
operating in the Black Sea, where natural gas deposits have been
By dispatching the Abdulhamid Han drilling ship to the
Yorukler-1 field, 55 kilometers off the coast of Gazipasa, Turkiye
is sending messages to the Mediterranean region, particularly to
Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration.
The launching ceremony, also attended by President Erdogan, was
full of messages and symbols. During Sultan Abdulhamid Han's reign,
Greece was defeated by the Ottoman Empire in the 1897 war.
President Erdogan recalled the war in question and reinforced the
message by alluding to the war hero, Gazi Ethem Pasha, and the
defeat of Dokeme, which was described as a Greek bastion at the
Greeks were also beaten by Gazi Ethem Pasha in the Milona,
Yenisehir, and Tirhala battles. Ethem Pasha had crossed the
Thermopile Pass in 24 hours, despite German claims that it could
not be passed for six months.
The messages sent to Greece during the event did not end there.
The ships to accompany the Abdulhamid Han drill ship are named
after three brothers, Hakan Ilhan, Kutsi Ilhan, and Murat Ilhan,
who were slain together with their mother Muruvvet Kutsi on the
night of December 24, 1963, in Cyprus by the Greek terrorist group
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