Operation Allied Protector
Operation Allied Protector, conducted between 24 March and August 2009, helped to deter, defend against and disrupt pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa.
From 24 March until 29 June 2009, the operation was conducted by ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). SNMG1 was usually employed in the Eastern Atlantic area, but it could be deployed, as in the case of Operation Allied Protector, anywhere NATO required. The first phase of Operation Allied Protector was undertaken as the force left for NATO's first ever deployment to South East Asia. SNMG1 made a short visit to Karachi, Pakistan on 26-27 April 2009. However, with the increase in pirate attacks, on 24 April 2009, NATO had already decided to cancel the other 2 port visits planned to Singapore and Australia. As such, the second phase of the operation, which was meant to take place as SNMG1 made its return journey towards European waters end June 2009, was brought forward to 1 May 2009.
From 29 June 2009 through August 2009, Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) took over responsibility from SNMG1. SNMG2 had previously been involved in NATO first counter-piracy operation, Operation Allied Provider. It was subsequently determined that a rotational presence was required to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa and Operation Allied Protector was subsequently succeeded by Operation Ocean Shield in November 2009.
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