Greek authorities have said a Turkish cargo ship and a Greek warship have collided in the eastern Aegean Sea, without causing injuries or severe damage, Hurriyet Daily News reports from Istanbul citing the Associated Press.
A Greek navy statement said the Turkish-flagged Karmate put on speed and made off into Turkish waters after the pre-dawn incident on May 4, ignoring radio messages from the Armatolos gunboat to stop.
The navy said the collision in Greek waters southeast of the island of Lesbos was caused by the Turkish ship breaching international shipping safety rules.
Thr 180-foot (55-meter) Armatolos was taking part in a NATO operation to stop migrant-smuggling, the navy said.
The incident comes amid heightened tension between Greece and Turkey over Aegean territorial rights.
source: Hurriyet Daily News
photo: Greek Naval Ship (archive picture)
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