Following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (OAE) was launched as an Article V operation, in support of the Alliance’s collective self-defence.
OAE is part of NATO’s multi-faceted response to current terrorist threats. Its mission is to conduct maritime operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Straits of Gibraltar to actively demonstrate NATO's resolve to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorism.
Through the Mediterranean Voluntary Reporting Scheme, merchant ships are encouraged to send an Initial Report to the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) upon entering the Mediterranean or leaving a Mediterranean port. This enhances NATO’s forces ability both to assist shippers and to avoid interference between military and merchant ships.
This voluntary reporting and participation of the shipping industry significantly contributes to MARCOM’s network approach and understanding of vessel traffic patterns and activities, and remains significant and useful in the Alliance’s efforts to counter-terrorism.
Story by HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office
To learn more about NATO's Allied Maritime Command, visit their website at www.mc.nato.int