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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 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.
  • News ImageSomali Coast Guard trains with NATO Counter-Piracy Flagship 14 Oct 14
    On October 12 and 13, Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD conducted training with Somali Coast Guard personnel
  • News ImageDanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft joins NATO Counter-Piracy Operation 06 Oct 14
    From late last month Denmark has deployed a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) CHALLENGER (CL-604) from the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) as part of NATO's counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD Task Force
  • News ImageNATO and Japan Counter-Piracy Forces conduct combined exercise in Gulf of Aden 26 Sep 14
    Yesterday, NATO and Japanese maritime forces conducted the first-ever exercise between the two forces in the Gulf of Aden. The participants were the destroyer JS TAKANAMI and HDMS ESBERN SNARE, the Task Force 508 flagship of Operation OCEAN SHIELD
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy