The tension in Syria and Turkey, while at ease, remains at a shaky state. Today, the deep sea research vessel ‘Nautilus’, hailing from America, has aided the effort in searching for the bodies of the pilots before its actual mission to map out the entire Black Sea on July 7. While the Turkish government has been willing to use any military or private resources for the recovery of their pilot’s bodies.
The Phantom F-4 of Turkey, which was shot down by Syria for allegedly threatening the security of the country, fell into the Syrian seas. The ‘Nautilus’, around the Syrian waters during such times, hauled the wreckage and located the bodies of the two dead pilots.
The Nautilus is a vessel capable of mapping out an entire seabed and hauling heavy relics and wreckage for research study. It was designed to help map out the geological, biological, archeological and chemical properties of the undersea areas it is to travel. The Nautilus is led by Robert Ballard, the famed undersea explorer who discovered the remnants of the felled Titanic.
After the Syrian downing of the Turkish plane, the Turkish government decided to have the Nautilus perform the task. Given its specifications, it was designed to do the job perfectly, hauling heavy wreckage completely and hassle-free.
The dead pilots of the F-4 fighter, Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksoy, were recovered Thursday by Turkish authorities. They are set for a military memorial ceremony in a Turkish base on Friday.