Under the command of Captain Gokhan Temizoz, Turkish corvette Buyukada was the flagship for NATO's Operation Sea Guardian focused security patrol 20-2 in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, which took place from 21 March to 08 April 2020. The flagship was supported by submarines from Greece, Italy and Turkey, as well as maritime patrol aircraft from France, Greece and Italy.
Operation Sea Guardian is NATO’s non-Article 5 maritime security operation aimed at working with Mediterranean stakeholders to maintain maritime situational awareness, deter and counter terrorism and enhance capacity building.
Maritime security is a critical factor considering the world commerce uses sea routes including the Mediterranean. Thus, Operation Sea Guardian is as important tool NATO countries and partners have at their disposal.