Can I remind readers of the catastrophic defeat of the Anglo-French task force in the Dardanelles on 18 March 1915, which precipitated the 'Gallipoli' landings some five weeks later?No doubt the sultan will be making some histrionic statement about Gallipoli in reply.
'Britain flexed its naval muscles in its largest deployment off Cyprus in decades, to make its presence felt in the volatile region and underscore what officials said was the country’s post-Brexit commitment to buttressing Europe’s security.
'A three-ship strike force centered around the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Albion on Tuesday conducted joint maneuvers with a Cypriot patrol vessel and helicopters and the French frigate Jean Bart off the coastal town of Limassol.
'The main part of the exercise involved Cypriot special forces and British Royal Marines boarding a supposedly hijacked ship by fast-roping down from hovering helicopters while small, highly maneuverable speed boats came alongside the vessel.
“This is the U.K. doing its part to prove our commitment to European safety and security whilst working with our NATO allies and partners,” Deputy Strike Force Commander Capt. Phil Dennis told the Associated Press.
'British military officials said the joint training with Cypriot forces also illustrated a joint commitment to regional stability and a determination to further strengthen a bilateral defense relationship.'
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Naval Bombardment and Forcing a Passage, February – March 1915
Naval bombardment of fortifications at the entrance to Dardanelles took place on 19 and 25 February 1915, followed by three weeks of minesweeping, during which a number of minor vessels were lost. Royal Marines and personnel from the Royal Naval Division also landed on the tip of the peninsula and destroyed guns and fortifications. These were preparatory actions for the attempt to force a passage through the Dardanelles on 18 March 1915. The allied fleet of some 14 British and four French battleships and battle cruisers, plus a screen of destroyers and pickets, entered the Dardanelles and formed three divisions of four capital ships abreast and effectively silenced most of the fixed batteries and destroyed the forts, although other fire from mobile batteries continued to cause problems and inflict damage on the ships.
Meanwhile, just north of the İstanbul Strait (‘Bosporus’) entrance to the Black Sea, Russian warships sat in anticipation of an Anglo-French breakthrough and then they would sweep south and seize Constantinople and re-establish the Eastern Orthodox Church in Hagia Sophia.
However, the ineffectiveness of allied minesweeping was unknown to the Allied Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral de Robeck (1862 – 192. In addition to the fixed minefields covering the Narrows, a Turkish Navy minelayer Nusret had, ten days earlier, laid 20 contact mines at night designed to intercept the Allied warships as they turned starboard out of the gun-line. Although mining activities were covered in intelligence reports, it appears that this information was not passed on to the commanders.
On the afternoon of 18 March, the fleet suffered grievous losses. The first was the French pre-Dreadnought flagship Bouvet which hit a mine, exploded and sank in two minutes with 600 fatalities. This was followed in short order by the battleships HM Ships Irresistible, Inflexible, Ocean and the French battleship Gaulois, which were also mined. The other French battleship, Suffren, received moderate damage from shore batteries as it rescued survivors and attempted to take the Gaulois in tow. In addition, several other vessels sustained artillery hits, so in one afternoon a third of the allied fleet had been sunk or disabled. This was a great fillip to the Ottoman forces, showing that they could defeat, or at least deter, two global naval powers.
 Now recognised by Turkey as ‘Naval Victory Day’.
 A detailed replica of this vessel is afloat and on display in Çanakkale.
 The Bouvet was one of the oldest French warships in front-line service and was designed in the early 1890s to counter the Royal Navy’s Royal Sovereign-class pre-Dreadnoughts. Bouvet was astoundingly ugly and obsolescent, and suffered from stability problems which contributed to her capsizing so rapidly and the subsequent almost total loss of life.
 Ocean and Irresistible sank; Inflexible was badly damaged and Gaulois was beached.