Operation Sea Guardian
At the NATO Warsaw Summit in July 2016, NATO announced the transformation of our Active Endeavour counter-terrorism mission in the Mediterranean to a broader maritime security operation. The new operation is called Sea Guardian.
Operation Sea Guardian is a non-article 5 maritime security operation aimed at working with Mediterranean stakeholders to maintain maritime situational awareness, deter counter terrorism and enhance capacity building.
Some of the tasks conducted will include: supporting maritime situational awareness, upholding freedom of
navigation, conducting interdiction tasks, maritime counter-terrorism, contributing to
capacity building, countering proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and protecting critical infrastructure.
Operation Sea Guardian will be led from Allied Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOM) in Northwood, United Kingdom.
Sea Guardian is a fusion of information to create a comprehensive picture of daily activities in the Mediterranean, and MARCOM will serve as the hub of maritime security information sharing for the Alliance. NATO will request forces from Allied nations to support this operation in various ways through active, standby, or associated support. Thus, the supporting numbers of ships, aircraft, personnel, and Allied operations centres will vary throughout the duration of the this operation.
Focused Operations - Naval Forces
During Focused operations various types of assets are deployed under NATO operational control to gather, develop and maintaining an accurate picture of daily activity in different parts of the Mediterranean Sea. The following units are operating in the Mediterranean directly for Operation Sea Guardian.
Flagship - TCG GAZIANTEP