Turkish PM observes military exercises
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 29
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has today observed the military exercises codenamed Efes-2014, according to TRT Haber TV channel.
The military exercises kicked off today.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz and Chief of the General Staff Necdet Ozel also observed the exercises.
Some 50 aircraft, 40 helicopters, 40 ships, 70 boats, 60 tanks, 100 artillery pieces, 1100 wheeled and crawler vehicles are involved in the exercises.
The Efes-2014 military exercises will end on June 5.
This is the second military exercise held by Turkey this month. On May 21, Turkish navy ships launched military exercises dubbed the White Hurricane-2014 in the Aegean Sea.
These exercise included 53 ships, four patrol aircraft, 13 helicopters of naval aviation, 17 patrol boats of the coast guard.
The White Hurricane-2014 exercises will end on June 1.
Earlier, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said Turkey does not want a war and seeks to maintain stability in the region, but, despite this, the country should be prepared for war.
Turkish armed forces consist of the Land Forces, Navy, Air Forces, Gendarmerie and Coast Guard.
The Turkish army is recruited by means of conscription. The Turkish citizens aged 20 and more are conscripted and serve a compulsory military service for six or 12 months.
After being discharged from the military service, the Turkish citizens are considered liable for military service and remain in the reserve till the age of 45.
The Turkish men aged 16 to 60 and women aged 20 to 46, capable of bearing arms, are conscripted in time of war in accordance with the law.
In October 2013, the Turkish parliament lowered the upper limit of the compulsory military service period from 15 months to 12 months.
Edited by S.I.