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Focused Operations - Force Composition

Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) is a standing Maritime Security Operation aiming at deter on counter terrorism and mitigate the risk of other threats to maritime security in the Mediterranean. These efforts are operationalized in coordination with NATO Partners and other maritime security stakeholders. Focused Patrols embrace these efforts for specific periods throughout the year.  

Focused Operations (FOCOPS) utilise various types of assets deployed under NATO Operational Control (OPCON), to gather, develop and maintain an accurate picture of daily activity in different parts of the Mediterranean Sea. 

These assets are tasked to contribute to:

• Maritime Situational Awareness on a broad spectrum of threats.

• Regional Maritime Security Capacity Building of the Selected Regional Partners.

• Deterrence on Terrorist and other transnational threatening illegal activities in different parts of the Area of Operations (Mediterranean Sea).

Currently, the second Focused Patrol of the year is underway in international waters of the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea. 

Force Composition:

Commander Task Group 440.03

LCDR Alberto Sánchez Expósito (ESP Navy)

Captain Antonio Neves Rodrigues (PRT Navy), Commander of the Portugese Maritime Force (PRTMARFOR) – Biography


Commanding Officer NRP Viana do Castelo

Commander Hugo Miguel Paciência da Silva (PRT Navy) - Biography

NRP Viana do Castelo

Flagship – NRP Viana do Castelo (Portuguese Navy)


Commanding Officer ESPS Audaz

Lieutenant Commander Marcos de Sousa Fuchs (ESP Navy) - Biography

ESPS Audaz

ESPS Audaz (Spanish Navy)

Commanding Officer HMS Trent

Commander T M Knott (Royal Navy)

ESPS Audaz

HMS Trent (Royal Navy)

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