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NATO concludes successful counter-piracy mission

NATO formally ended its operation Ocean Shield in the waters off the coast of Somalia on Thursday (15 December 2016), bringing the curtain down on one of NATO’s most successful ever operations.
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NATO and the Republic of Djibouti consolidate their cooperation

NATO and the Republic of Djibouti have enhanced their cooperation, by concluding on 22 April 2015 an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Djibouti in support of the Alliance's counter piracy operation, Ocean Shield, in the Gulf of Aden. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, and the Republic of Djibouti's Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, signed the agreement.
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NATO and Japan conduct first ever joint counter-piracy drill

NATO and Japan conducted a joint counter-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday (25 September 2014) to test communications and tactical skills. It was the first such joint naval exercise between the two maritime fleets. “By synchronizing our activities and sharing information we stand a much better chance to secure the waters in the region and thereby keeping the sea lanes safe and secure,” said Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, the commander of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield.
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NATO ships escort convoy to deliver 21.000 tons of food

A convoy of three World Food Program (WFP) chartered vessel is transiting form Mombassa towards Somali ports escorted by NATO ships, to deliver over 21,000 tons of humanitarian aid. Two NATO navy ships operating in Operation Allied Provider are escorting these three vessels, in order to protect them against piracy.
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International counter piracy collaboration helps NATO to foil pirates

On November 12, 2011, a successful operation between a NATO warship and a Japanese maritime patrol aircraft resulted in the location and disarming of a pirate skiff operating in the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. Following a boarding investigation all piracy-related equipment was confiscated by NATO to prevent the skiff from posing any further threat to international shipping.
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NATO Counter-Piracy Mission Making Real Progress

A combination of factors including stepped up naval patrols closer to shore is leading to a drop in pirate attacks off the Somali coast, the former commander of NATO’s counter-piracy mission said Monday (17 December).
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NATO flagship captures pirate attack group on a joint operation

While on patrol in the Somali Basin off Seychelles, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 flagship, the Portuguese Navy Frigate NRP “Álvares Cabral”, captured a pirate group that attacked a Spanish flagged fishing vessel. The operation was coordinated with the Seychelles Coastguard and EU forces also operating in the area on counter-piracy mission.
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NATO ships rotate in counter-piracy mission

NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) has taken over command of NATO’s counter-piracy mission Ocean Shield from NATO’s other Standing Maritime Group 2 on Monday 9 November 2009.
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NATO Task Force neutralises two pirate mother ships

Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean: Over the last 3 days in two separate operations Units of NATO’S Counter Piracy Task Force 508 successfully identified and neutralised two ocean going dhows that had been pirated and were subsequently being used as mother ships from which Somali pirates were intending to launch attacks on merchant shipping in the sea lanes off Somalia and the southern Arabian coasts.
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NATO supports UN World Oceans Day

NATO welcomes and supports the initiative taken by the United Nations General Assembly in designating 8 June as World Oceans Day.

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