NATO Warships Conduct Security Patrol In Eastern Mediterranean

East Mediter­ranean, 21 Novem­ber 2011. Four NATO war­ships (Turk­ish frigate TCG ORUCREIS, Ger­man frigate FGS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, Roman­ian frigate ROS REGINA MARIA and French corvette FS CDT BIROT), and the Cana­di­an frigate HMCS VANCOUVER (in asso­ci­at­ed sup­port), have con­duct­ed a secu­ri­ty sweep through­out the East­ern Mediter­ranean. Dur­ing this Surge Oper­a­tion, Mar­itime Patrol Air­crafts have also ren­dered their sup­port.

Oper­a­tion Active Endeav­our (OAE), for more than ten years, has suc­cess­ful­ly deterred and dis­rupt­ed any pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist activ­i­ty. The com­bined sea and air oper­a­tion forms part of “OAE” which is designed to safe­guard the waters of the Mediterranean. 

The Task Group Com­man­der, Rear Admi­ral Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turk­ish Navy, said “Whilst NATO main­tains a con­tin­u­ous watch through­out the Mediter­ranean with a sup­port­ing net­work and sophis­ti­cat­ed tech­nol­o­gy, from time to time; we con­cen­trate our efforts to a spe­cif­ic area for an unpre­dictable peri­od to deter and dis­rupt any pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist or ille­gal activ­i­ty. How­ev­er, we are very well aware of the fact that none of these mil­i­tary efforts are sole­ly suf­fi­cient to erad­i­cate all the ille­gal activ­i­ties in the region. The inter­ac­tion and trust-build­ing with the mar­itime com­mu­ni­ty and their resul­tant sup­port is still the key to the suc­cess of this operation.” 

In order to achieve this goal, at every oppor­tu­ni­ty, OAE and asso­ci­at­ed sup­port units con­duct infor­ma­tion approach­es to fish­ing ves­sels in order to deliv­er durable goods such as first aid kits, tool sets and drink­ing bot­tles. Dur­ing these friend­ly vis­its, the fish­ing ves­sels are pro­vid­ed with infor­ma­tion on how to con­tact NATO should the need arise. In par­al­lel with this course of action, TCG ORUÇREİS sent her board­ing par­ty to deliv­er OAE mate­ri­als to an Egypt­ian fish­ing vessel. 

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