Turkish survey vessel returns from disputed region near Greek island

Turkish seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis has returned to the southern province of Antalya, state-run TRT broadcaster reported Sunday.

The vessel anchored off the Gulf of Antalya on Saturday night, the broadcaster reported.

The mission of the Oruc Reis was extended until Sept. 12 with a new Navtex, a maritime communications system issued by the Turkish authorities.

In August, Turkey dispatched Oruc Reis and two auxiliary navy vessels to the disputed region near the Greek island of Meis, also known as Kastellorizo, prompting the Greek claims that the sea area lies within its continental shelf.

The military delegations from Turkey and Greece met in NATO’s headquarters on Thursday after NATO’s secretary-general initiated de-confliction talks between the two allies of the U.S.-led organization.