Operation Sea Guardian is a non-Article 5 maritime security operation of NATO aimed at working with Mediterranean stakeholders to maintain maritime situational awareness, deter and counter terrorism and enhance capacity building. OSG Focused Patrol 20-4 run between July 14 and July 31, 2020 in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Task Group was directly supported by an Italian and a Turkish submarine under NATO command. Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA) and Airborne Early Warning units from several NATO countries including the NATO-owned AWACS aircraft were also contributing with associated air support.
This Operation remains one of the most important tools for NATO projecting stability throughout the Mediterranean Sea and sustaining maritime situational awareness. Focused patrols of NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian help NATO maintain an accurate maritime picture of daily activity in the focused areas of the Mediterranean Sea and is a great opportunity to increase cooperation and interoperability.