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15 Dec. 2016

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.

22 Apr. 2015

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.

26 Sep. 2014

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.

4 Jun. 2014

NATO Defence Ministers decide to extend NATO’s counter-piracy mission until 2016

NATO Defence Ministers on Tuesday (3 June) decided to extend NATO’s counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2016.

5 Mar. 2014

NATO’s counter-piracy flagship Alvaro De Bazan tests crew readiness at sea

NATO’s counter-piracy flagship, the Alvaro De Bazan participated in an air defence training drill in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday (5 March 2014) meant to keep the ship’s crew ready for any challenge on the high seas, including their mission to deter Somali pirates.

21 Jan. 2014

New Zealand joins NATO’s counter-piracy mission Ocean Shield

Following a formal exchange of letters signed Tuesday (21 January 2014) between NATO and the New Zealand Government, the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA is set to join the Alliance’s Operation Ocean Shield on 23 January, marking the second time a partner nation has contributed to NATO’s counter-piracy effort.

13 Nov. 2013

NATO takes part in Counter-Piracy Week

More than 200 participants including representatives from African nations, the shipping industry, legal experts and NATO discussed the continuing threat of piracy off the eastern African coast at an international conference held in Djibouti this week.

11 Nov. 2013

NATO warship takes suspected pirates after night-time hunt

This weekend, the Danish warship HDMS Esbern Snare, part of NATO's counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield, detained a group of suspected pirates after a night-time hunt through bad weather.

30 Oct. 2013

NATO and Ukraine navy together in the fight against piracy

The Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, General Knud Bartels, travelled to the Gulf of Aden on 28-30 October 2013 to visit the Ukrainian Navy frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy deployed there as part of Operation Ocean Shield, NATO's counter piracy mission. "Ukraine's ability to plug in and out of NATO's operations show the high level of interoperability the Alliance can achieve with its partners," General Bartels said.

11 Oct. 2013

Ukraine contributes to NATO’s Ocean Shield

Gulf of Aden - The Ukrainian Navy frigate HETMAN SAGAIYDACHNIY joined the Alliance’s Operation Ocean Shield on 10 October, marking the first time a partner nation has contributed to NATO’s counter-piracy effort, which has been operating off the Horn of Africa, since 2009.

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