Athens, Greece – The Navy Hydrographic Service (HNHS) in Heraklion, Crete, on Thursday issued its own navigational telex (NAVTEX), in response to Turkey, Antalya’s notice to sailors for activities it says are within the Blue Homeland continental self, in the area between the islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo (Meis).

Turkey’s notice states that the Turkish activity “is authorised and legal,” in an area that overlaps the Turkish continental shelf.

It also said that the Antalya, Turkey Navtex station has the authority to broadcast Navtex messages in the area.

On Wednesday, Turkey’s Navy said in a maritime notice that it would extend the stay of its Oruc Reis survey vessel and two other ships in a Blue Homeland area of the Eastern Mediterranean until October 27, 2020.

The vessels had previously been scheduled to work until October 22, 2020.