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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 co-chairs Counter-piracy conference as Operation Ocean Shields mandate terminates 02 Dec 16
    This week, Bahrain was the stage for the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference. A forum to discuss counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the importance of cooperation between naval units, industry and other concerned organizations
  • News ImageVAdm Johnstone Remarks at 39th SHADE 02 Dec 16
    Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone CB CBE, Commander Allied Maritime Command remarks during the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) Conference in Bahrain
  • News ImageFinal flight for Danes with NATOs Operation Ocean Shield 23 Nov 16
    A detachment of 20 Royal Danish Air Force officers and enlisted service members took flight in their aircraft from the Seychelles one last time on Nov 19.
  • News ImageDanes support as Part of NATO’s counter piracy Operation Ocean Shield 05 May 16
    Flying low over the waters near Somalia, Danish crews hunt for indicators of illegal activities across a wide stretch of ocean near the east African coast