NAVEUR-NAVAF Holds Talks with Turkish Naval Chief of Intelligence

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Oleksiak, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy – The Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, engaged in staff talks with the Turkish Naval Forces Command Chief of Intelligence, at the Naval Support Activity Naples in Naples, Italy, June 12.

During the talks, Rear Adm. Kenneth “K.J.” Norton spoke about interoperability in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Seas with Turkish Rear Adm. Aydin Şirin to understand and achieve each nations’ common interests and goals.

“Today we will be briefed on maritime domain awareness, theater security cooperation, and maritime security operations,” said Rear Adm. Norton. “Our end goal is to promote peace and stability within the Mediterranean and Black Sea region, demonstrate commitment to regional partnerships, and to foster growing relationships between our two navies.”

Rear Adm. Şirin expressed his gratitude and interest in increasing a partnership between Turkey and the U.S.

“These meetings are very useful between the Turkish and U.S. navies,” said Rear Adm. Şirin. “We hope to improve our cooperation by using these meetings to discuss our areas of common interest. We are very happy to be here.”

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa headquarters is located in Naples, Italy. It conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency and other parties to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.