Twenty percent of global trade passes through the Gulf of Aden, meaning considerable effort is given to safeguarding this strategic SLOC. This includes the 'big three' missions – EU Naval Force's Operation Atlanta, NATO's Ocean Shield and the Combined Maritime Forces' Task F151.
The following representatives from these three organisations will be outlining their strategies at the African Maritime Security Summit (AFSEC) in February:
* Michael Soula, deputy assistant secretary general for Operations, NATO;
* Major General Smith, commander, EU Naval Forces; and
* Captain Bill Nault, USN, chief of staff, Combined Maritime Force.
Last updated: 19 January 2015