"We will launch a new maritime security operation in the Mediterranean sea, Operation 'Sea Guardian'. It will have a broad scope, including situation awareness, counter terrorism and capacity building. We intend to work closely with the European Union's Operation Sophia in the central Mediterranean," Stoltenberg told reporters at the NATO summit in Warsaw.
The United States and NATO have been building up their combined military presence in Europe. In early February, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Washington would quadruple its funding to support the US posture in Europe, to reach $3.4 billion in 2017.