Night Ops

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

NATO to guard oil facilities?

Maybe, see NATO eyes naval patrols to secure oil facilities:
NATO is talking to oil and gas producing companies and countries about how it could help combat security threats to energy infrastructure, a senior NATO official said on Monday.

Jamie Shea, Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General, said the likely measures would involve providing sea-borne rapid reaction forces to combat attacks on facilities, hostage taking and piracy in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Other areas NATO could be able to help included fighting hostage-taking in Nigeria where workers are being seized from oil facilities on an almost daily basis and piracy in Asia.
Interesting, though my experience with NATO was of a "low speed, high drag" organization, not well suited to rapid reaction. But my experience was limited and I hope my impressions are wrong.

And credit must be given to NATO for the anti-terror patrols of Operation Active Endeavor.
Photo caption:
NATO air and maritime assets during patrol and escorting operations in the Strait of Gibraltar.


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