The victory gained by the Ottoman navy under the command of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha against the Crusader navy during the Naval Battle of Preveza in 1538 is one of the most important turning points in the Turkish maritime history.
The Preveza Naval Victory has reinforced the Ottoman Empire's dominance in the Mediterranean and showed the power of Turkish navy to the whole world.
History has recorded that peace, tranquillity and justice prevail in all the seas during the era ruled by our sailors.
We are proud of the fact that our Naval Forces, which has a history full of glorious victories such as the Preveza Naval Victory, strengthens the great heritage it inherited and carries it into the future.
Our Naval Forces, which ensures the safety of our seas in our country that is surrounded by seas on three sides, makes our nation proud with its advanced possibilities and capabilities, qualified personnel and the successes it has achieved in all the tasks it undertakes, along with the strength it gets from its deep-rooted and respected history.
Recent events in the world and especially in the Mediterranean show us that we should be much stronger in the seas, as in every field.
With the awareness of how important it is to defend our Blue Homeland, we continue to protect our rights and interests in our seas with a strong will and firm belief.
Heeding our ancestors, who say, “Be ready to the war, if you want peace,” we also equip our Naval Forces, as all the elements of our army, with local and national possibilities and capabilities in order to perpetuate peace, tranquillity and security in our country, in our region and all over the world.
Today, as one of the ten countries in the world that can design, build and maintain its own warships with national means, we continue to strengthen our Naval Forces in order to protect our Blue Homeland, to ensure that our friends are safe, and to deter those coveting our rights.
On the anniversary of the Preveza Naval Victory and on the occasion of the Naval Forces Day, I gratefully commemorate all martyrs and heroes fighting for the nation and express my greetings to all members of the Navy with heartfelt feelings.