Fourteen Turkish navy ships remained at sea and unaccounted for last night amid concerns that their commanders may be coup conspirators seeking to defect, according to The Times.
Admiral Veysel Kosele, the commander of the Turkish navy, has been out of contact since Friday night’s botched coup, a source confirmed. It is not known whether he was an instigator of the attempt to oust President Erdogan or is being held hostage by collaborators on the run.
Last night the president said that he was almost assassinated when the resort in southwest Turkey where he was staying was stormed and two of his bodyguards killed.
Before the Friday coup attempt the missing ships were doing military service in the Aegean and Black Seas. Now connection with them is lost. The Turkish Navy suppose they could head to Greek ports. Previously eight Turkish officers sought asylum in Greece.