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MISSION

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.           

MANDATE

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 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
  • News ImageCommander of NATO Allied Maritime Command visits Counter-Piracy Task Force and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Countries 14 Nov 14
    This week COM MARCOM paid official visits to Operation OCEAN SHIELD’s Task Force 508 off Muscat, Oman, and to Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) partners Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to enhance cooperation and strengthen relationships
  • News ImageNATO counter-piracy forces conduct Maritime Law Enforcement training of Somali policemen 27 Oct 14
    Last week, Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD conducted Maritime Law Enforcement training of port policemen from Somalia off the coast of the town of Bosaaso.
  • News ImageNATO counter-piracy force conducts public health education off the coast of Somalia 24 Oct 14
    NATO medical personnel have begun conducting public health peer education off the east coast of Somalia in recent weeks.
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy