Allied Maritime Strategy (AMS) sets out, in full consistency with the Strategic Concept, the ways that maritime power could help resolve critical challenges facing the Alliance now and in the future, and the roles-enduring and new-that NATO forces may have to carry out in the maritime environment in order to contribute to the Alliance’s defence and security and to promote its values. These roles capitalise upon the ability of maritime forces to provide a spectrum of strategic options to the Alliance, and include appropriate contributions to:
NATO launched the Smart Defence Initiative in 2011 that aims at providing cost-effective solutions for capability development. This was very appropriate and timely taking into account the recent worldwide financial and the shrinking defence budgets.
This initiative, mainly aims at collective prioritisation of the nations’ defence requirements, role specialisation among nations and the multinational projects developments to this end, has been welcomed and fully supported by the nations. Turkey fully supports this initiative and encourages all Allies to foster it in NATO. Maritime security is suitable area for cooperation with partners.
Piracy directly affects the crew of merchant fleets and company owners in a negative way. Today, NATO, CTF-151, EU (ATALANTA) and several countries (such as Japan, India, China, RF, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia) are actively taking part in activities conducted against piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. However, a common platform in which solutions could be found and acted upon, is needed in implementing a maritime cross–functional inter-agency approach, healing the wounds of the maritime sector, as well as easing the workload of defense and security forces.
MARSEC COE could be ideal platform for cross-functional inter-agency approach besides Counter Piracy Training in Mediterranean before deployment of maritime forces.
In sum, MARSEC COE approach to Maritime Security is based on Multi-national cross-functional inter-agency co-operation.