Ten Years Of Operation Active Endeavour

F-245 TCG Oruçreis

In the wake of the 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks on WTC, NATO  implemented  Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. One of the actions taken in this regard was the starting of Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) in Eastern Mediterranean.

The aim of OAE is to control the shipping through the Mediterranean basin by hailing ships or by boarding them so that the flow of the terrorists, or their tools of trade can be intercepted.

Building on the experience acquired over the years, OAE has become largely network-based and has developed a considerable Maritime Situational Awareness through the use of modern tracking and analysis technologies. It also benefits enormously from cooperation with non-NATO contributing nations. However, surge operations remain an integral part of OAE and are specifically designed to deny terrorists the option of operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Vice Admiral Veri: “The ship remains at the centre of NATO’s presence in the Mediterranean but it is what lies behind and supports this presence which is now so very impressive. Networking both in the sense of NATO networking with other countries and organisations, as well as in the sense of computer and digital networks, gives me a vision of the Area of Operations that just wasn’t there for the first commander of OAE. And although they are two distinct operations, the situational awareness that OAE has given me has been of enormous use during the maritime operations carried out in Operation Unified Protector”

Many NATO, EAPC/PfP Partners, Mediterranean Dialogue countries and other selected nations supported OAE. Currently SNMG2 flagship, F-245 TCG Oruçreis along with German frigate F-216 FGS Schleswig Holstein is patrolling the Mediterranean Sea in support of OAE.

Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of SNMG2:

Our presence and patrols in support of Operation Active Endeavour will continue to deter terrorists transporting personnel, equipment and materials through the Mediterranean. As a vivid example of the global fight against terrorism, OAE not only serves to deter terrorist or illegal activities but also provides reassurance to the all sailors legitimately using this vast area. Therefore, the key to the success of the operation is the interaction with the maritime community. This sharing of information gives us a good inside to detect anomalies very quickly and to take appropriate actions.”

I am glad to see that the strength of SNMG-2 was increased by %100; from one to two ships.

H/T: David Shirlaw.

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