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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 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.
  • 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
  •   Commodore Aage Buur Jensen (Royal Danish Navy)

    Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, Royal Danish Navy