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Inside Operation Sea Guardian

Footage released by NATO offers an insight into Operation Sea Guardian and shows how crews aboard ships from Croatia, Italy and the UK work together to carry out maritime counter-terrorism missions.

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In 2016, NATO launched a maritime security operation called Sea Guardian, which is currently underway across the Mediterranean Sea. Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) is a standing Maritime Security Operation to deter and counter terrorism and other threats to Allied maritime security.


At present, Sea Guardian also provides maritime situational awareness and can carry out tasks to help build naval capacity of NATO partners. Besides daily activities, focused patrols are conducted for three weeks every two months.


NATOChannel visited the British ship HMS Echo, the Croatian ship Vukovar and the Italian ship Espero during the first days of their focused patrols, and followed the crews during a practice operation boarding the HMS Echo as though it were a potentially hostile vessel.