He never allowed his fleets to go to sea to seek battle.
For the Hellenistic armies and fleets see A.
The two fleets met south of Cape Scropha, both drawn up from north to south, the land being close to the left flank of the Christians, and the right of the Turks.
Their command of fleets gave them incontestable advantages, as when, for instance, Otto II.
The Ptolemies continued to send fleets annually from their Red Sea ports of Berenice and Myos Hormus to Arabia, as well as to ports on the coasts of Africa and India.