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Operation Ocean Shield is NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. NATO has been helping to deter and disrupt pirate attacks, while protecting vessels and helping to increase the general level of security in the region since 2008.           


NATO’s role is to provide naval escorts and deterrence, while increasing cooperation with other counter-piracy operations in the area in order to optimise efforts and tackle the evolving pirate trends and tactics. In June 2014, the North Atlantic Council extended this operation until the end of 2016. NATO is conducting counter-piracy activities in full complementarity with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. 

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Operation Ocean Shield News
  • News ImageDenmark Concludes Command of SNMG1, Counter-Piracy Task Force 508 12 Dec 14
    Today Commodore Aage Buur Jensen and key members of his staff visited NATO Allied Maritime Command to formally hand over command of Standing Maritime Group 1 and NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD Task Force 508
  • News ImageNew Zealand Maritime Patrol Aircraft leaves NATO Counter-Piracy Operation 04 Dec 14
    This week the crew of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) P-3 Orion from the Royal New Zealand Defence Force completed their support to NATO's counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD Task Force 508
  • News ImageNATO and Japan Counter-Piracy Forces Strengthen Relations in the Gulf of Aden 27 Nov 14
    Yesterday, NATO and Japanese maritime forces continued to strengthen relations and enhance interoperability by conducting a combined exercise in the Gulf of Aden
  • News ImageNATO and Royal Navy of Oman conduct exercise 25 Nov 14
    Yesterday, the NATO counter-piracy flagship HDMS ESBERN SNARE and the Royal Navy of Oman corvette RNOV AL-RASIKH conducted a naval exercise in the Arabian Sea off Salalah to improve interoperability and strengthen relations between the forces
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy