From Allied Command Operations: On Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (known as SACEUR), Admiral James Stavridis made his first visit to NATO’s Maritime HQ based at Northwood, London. Northwoods commander, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, welcomed SACEUR to the headquarters.

During his visit to Northwood HQ Admiral Stavridis received an update on NATO’s maritime counter piracy mission code-named Operation Ocean Shield, which sees NATO warships patrolling the waters off the Horn of Africa. Afterwards the Admiral commented ‘how very proud he was” of the work Northwood HQ and the NATO warships are doing to combat the scourge of piracy.

During his visit Admiral Stavridis took the opportunity to update Northwood staff on wider NATO missions, including operations in Afghanistan. (photo:  ACO)