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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 WARSHIP ITS MIMBELLI CONCLUDES COUNTER-PIRACY DEPLOYMENT 11 Aug 14
    GULF OF ADEN – After six months of support to counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, the Italian frigate ITS FRANCESCO MIMBELLI (D561) departed Task Force 508 and ended her participation in Operation OCEAN SHIELD last week.
  • News ImageNATO Counter-Piracy Warship Cooperates with the Tanzanian Navy 22 Jul 14
    Last week, NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD warship ITS MIMBELLI concluded a port visit to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, designed to deepen ongoing cooperation with the Tanzanian Navy in a common effort to eradicate sea piracy
  • 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
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy