Operation Ocean Shield

The Operation Ocean Shield is a since August 2009 carried out NATO naval mission to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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  • 4.2 See also
  • 4.3 Notes and references


From October to December 2008, the NATO Standing NATO Maritime Group of 2 ( SNMG 2) Operation Allied Provider to protect the sea lanes off the Horn of Africa through. From March to June 2009, followed by the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 ( SNMG 1) Operation Allied Protector with the same objective.

In preparing the successor operation of Operation Ocean Shield was temporarily also discussed a possible participation of Russian units in the frame.

As of June 30, 2009 replaced the SNMG 2 forces the on-site, the name Operation Allied Protector was Notwithstanding any other plan maintained initially.

On 17 August 2009 the North Atlantic Council agreed to send a mission called Operation Ocean Shield.


Order of operation is, in addition to the use of armed forces at sea and the support of the countries bordering the sea area concerned build their own capacity to fight piracy.



The leadership of the mission at the operational level is carried out by the Allied Joint Command Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, at the tactical level by the Maritime Component Command Headquarters Northwood, United Kingdom.

Participating forces

The forces used are provided by the SNMG1 and SNMG2. It involves three or four frigates or destroyers of NATO member states. The vessels involved are replaced after a few months in the mission area. The two-month deployment of the Dutch U- boat off the Somali coast Zeeleeuw to elucidate the bases of the pirates was announced only after the feed end in November 2010.