Information on NATO sea operations, the importance of piracy within a global context and video of a NATO naval operation as they patrol the Mediterranean Sea (Maritime Security: Sink or Swim, NATO Review, 2010)
NATO formally ended its operation Ocean Shield in the waters off the coast of Somalia on 15 December 2016, bringing the curtain down on one of NATO’s most successful ever operations. (NATO concludes successful counter-piracy mission, 15 December 2016)
On 30 June 2017, policy experts, diplomats and military representatives met in Brussels to discuss maritime cooperation between NATO and the European Union. The meeting was designed to draw lessons for future cooperation at sea, building on NATO-EU experience in countering piracy in the Indian Ocean and working side-by-side in the Mediterranean. (NATO and EU discuss future cooperation at sea, 30 June 2017).
NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee Report (2010 Spring Session) that provides an overview of maritime security challenges and international co-operation between NATO, the EU and other stake holders towards improving maritime security.
Article by Peter Chalk that appeared in the Brown Journal of World Affairs (Spring/Summer 2010), that covers the underlying causes of piracy, the process pirates use to capture and ransom ships and international efforts to suppress piracy. Available to NATO staff only [Please contact the Library].
NATO Allies agreed on 19 March to extend the Alliance’s counter piracy naval operation Ocean Shield, which operates off the Horn of Africa to protect merchant traffic from pirate attacks, for a further two years until the end of 2014.
Although “it is not within NATO’s mandate to deal with questions of migration and the problems of refugees - no references to these issues in the 1949 Washington Treaty, in the new Strategic Concept of 2010, in the one adopted in 1999 nor in the new Alliance Maritime Strategy of 2011”. Anders Fogh Rasmussen , NATO Secretary General, reminded in April 2012 that NATO’s maritime assets in the Mediterranean rescued over 600 migrants in distress at sea.
Ian Sundstrom, a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy says: "NATO should rebalance its maritime efforts to increase the relative weight devoted to the deterrence and collective defense mission" in the article: "An Adequate NATO Maritime Posture: The Missing Element For Deterring Russia" published by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) on 30 March 2017.