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What to do after Operation Ocean Shield?

The Russian frigate NEUSTRASHIMIY (712) and the ITS SAN MARCO (L-9893), flagship of Ocean Shield, meet at sea (credit: NATO / Ocean Shield)

(BRUSSELS2) What to do after Operation “Ocean Shield” in the Indian Ocean? The question arises within the Alliance.

The operation Ocean Shield ends, in fact, at the end of 2014. And “ no anti-piracy system has yet been defined beyond this date » as an Alliance executive told B2. It must be determined whether it will be extended or whether there is no need to modify its mandate.

NATO could maintain a presence in the Indian Ocean in the form of a general surveillance mission. “ A military presence remains significant in the area. Because the roots of piracy are still there ". And there are other threats and all kinds of trafficking in the area (drugs, human trafficking, etc.).

« Apart from piracy, the discussion concerns the interest for NATO in maintaining a presence in the area, and links with certain partners. Thanks to this operation, the Alliance was able to (strengthen or develop) various contacts with non-traditional countries (India, China, Indonesia, etc.) ».

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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