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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 Counter Piracy Flagship visits Dar es Salaam 08 Jul 14
    Last week, NATO counter piracy flagship HDMS ESBERN SNARE concluded a port visit to Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania, in order to pursue the on-going cooperation with the Tanzanian Navy against piracy at sea.
  • News ImageCounter-Piracy Force Commanders Meet in the Gulf of Aden 23 Jun 14
    This week Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, commander of NATO’s counter-piracy Task Force met separately with the commander of the European Union Naval Force counter-piracy Task Force and the commander of Combined Task Force 151 to strengthen coordination
  • News ImageCOM SNMG1 Takes Command of NATO Counter-Piracy Task Force from COM SNMG2 14 Jun 14
    RADM (ESP N) Eugenio Diaz Del Rio, COMSNMG2, handed over command of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD task force (TF 508) to Commodore Jensen, Commander SNMG1.
  • News ImageNATO Counter-Piracy Warship ITS MIMBELLI Visits Oman 13 Jun 14
    ITS MIMBELLI (D561), operating in NATO’s counter–piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, concluded a port visit to Salalah, Oman, earlier this week, with a passing exercise at sea.
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy