BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Navy kicked off their largest military exercises ever in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black seas on Thursday, utilizing much of their ships to carry out these drills.

Codenamed “Blue Homeland”, the Turkish Navy will showcase their military prowess from February 27th through March 8th.

“The Turkish Navy is set to conduct massive drills called ‘Mavi Vatan’ – ‘the Blue Homeland’ — between Feb. 27 and March 8. For the first time in the republic’s history, Turkey’s military will test its warfighting capabilities in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and Mediterranean at the same time. The Blue Homeland is not merely an exercise codename, it is also a geopolitical concept that manifests Ankara’s political-military agenda in the coming decade,” the state-owned Anadolu Agency said in a report on Thursday.

Below is the first video from the naval drills that was released by the Anadolu Agency:

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