NATO ends anti-piracy op

Operation Ocean Shield ends.

NATO ends counter-piracy mission as focus shifts to Mediterranean

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO has ended its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission after a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said on Wednesday, as it shifts resources to deterring Russia in the Black Sea and people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

All ships and patrol aircraft have now left the area off the Horn of Africa, where they patrolled since 2009, as part of a broader international effort to crack down on Somali-based pirates who had caused havoc with world shipping.

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