15-jun-93    to    02-oct-96

Operation Sharp Guard

15-jun-93    to    02-oct-96

yugoslavia Adriatic Sea

Operation Sharp Guard was established by the UN in Jun 1993, to combine NATO-led (Maritime Guard) and Western European Union - WEU-led (Sharp Fence) operations into one overall command.

Its objective was to enforce an emabrgo on arms and commercial activities (principally oil imports) to the warring factions in the then Republic of Yugoslavia. Maritime forces were brought together under Combined Task Force 440.

It was an undoubted military success in terms of preventing the embargo leaking but was gradually eroded in scope by politically driven relaxations, especially in the commercial activities as the parties concerned edged towards a peaceful solution to the conflict. UNSCR 1074 terminated the operation on 1 Oct and NATO and the WEU implemented that on 2 Oct 1996.


Dates UnitModels
    jan95 to dec95 PT EHM Marinha Portuguesa Lynx

Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


Guided-Missile Cruiser   Ticonderoga VLS class US Navy CG-58 USS Philippine Sea,
Guided-Missile Destroyer   Charles F. Adams class Hellenic Navy D221 HHMS Themistocles,
Guided-Missile Destroyer   Iroquois TRUMP class Canadian Armed Forces DDG 280 HMCS Iroquois, Canadian Armed Forces DDG 283 HMCS Algonquin,
Guided-Missile Destroyer   Type 42 (Batch 1 and 2) class Royal Navy D91 HMS Nottingham,
Guided-Missile Frigate   Oliver Hazard Perry long-hull class US Navy FFG-58 USS Samuel B. Roberts,
Guided-Missile Frigate   Santa Maria class Spanish Navy F-84 Reina Sofia,
Guided-Missile Frigate   Baleares class Spanish Navy F-74 Asturias,
Frigate   F 122 Bremen class German Navy F210 Emden, German Navy F214 Lübeck,
Frigate   Kortenaer class Royal Netherlands Navy F809 Hr.Ms. Van Kinsbergen,
Frigate   Karel Doorman class Royal Netherlands Navy F827 Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman,
Frigate   Maestrale class Italian Navy F 572 Libeccio, Italian Navy F 577 Zeffiro,
Frigate   Lupo class Italian Navy F 564 Lupo,
Frigate   Vasco da Gama class Portuguese Navy F330 NRP Vasco da Gama,
Frigate   La Fayette class French Navy F710 La Fayette,
Frigate   Type 22 (Batch 1) Broadsword class Royal Navy F91 HMS Brazen,
Frigate   Type 22 (Batch 2) Boxer class Royal Navy F93 HMS Beaver,
Frigate   Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class Royal Navy F87 HMS Chatham,
Corvette   d'Estienne d'Orves class French Navy F793 Commandant Blaison,

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