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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 ImageNATO Danish and Chinese ships conduct combined sea training during NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD 27 Nov 15
    This week the Danish Navy vessel HDMS ABSALON and the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy guided-missile LIUZHOU took part in a mutual training session in the Gulf of Aden
  • News ImageDanish and Republic of Korea navies engage in NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD 24 Nov 15
    This week the Danish Navy ship HDMS ABSALON and the Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS CHUNGMUGONG joined forces for mutual training in the Gulf of Oman
  • News ImageOOS ship HDMS ABSALON trains Somaliland Coast Guard 11 Nov 15
    Yesterday 22 soldiers from the Somaliland Coast Guard boarded a small vessel, hired and assigned for the task. The successful boarding concluded two days of demanding maritime training executed by the HDMS ABSALON
  • News ImageDanish Navy vessel engages in dialog and conducts medical outreach at sea 27 Oct 15
    Monday the Danish Navy ship HDMS ABSALON met at sea with local leaders and conducted medical outreach with the citizens of the coastal town of Hobyo, within the framework of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD