Mediterranean Patrols Board 100th Ship
naval counter-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean, Active
Endeavour, has recently completed its 100th compliant boarding
of a suspect vessel, in continuing effort to protect against terrorist
activity in the region.
Reaching such a significant number of compliant boardings in
one of the most sensitive and crowded shipping routes is a significant
milestone for NATO.
Under Operation Active Endeavour, NATO ships patrol t he Mediterranean
, monitoring shipping and boarding any suspect ships to help
detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity.
Operation Active Endeavour has also been providing escorts through
the Straits of Gibraltar to non-military ships from Alliance
member states requesting them.
To date NATO ships monitored more than 75,000 vessels, boarding
some 100 suspect ships. In addition, over 480 ships have taken
advantage of NATO escorts.
evolved out of NATO’s immediate
response to the terrorist attacks against the United States
of 11 September
As the Alliance
has refined its counter-terrorism role in the intervening years,
the operation’s mandate
has been regularly reviewed and its remit extended.