Allied Maritime Command

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Allied Maritime Command
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ActiveCINCEASTLANT: 1952–2004
CC MAR, Northwood: 2004–2010
Allied Maritime Command, Northwood: 2010–2012
MARCOM: 2012–present
AllegianceNATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
LocationNorthwood, United Kingdom
CommanderVice Admiral Keith Blount, RN
Deputy CommanderVice Admiral Bruno Paulmier, French Navy
Locations of NATO's two strategic commands—Allied Command Transformation (ACT; yellow marks) and Allied Command Operations (ACO; red marks)—the latter of which has Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as its headquarters. The subordinate centres of ACT and subordinate commands and joint force commands of ACO are also shown, minus the new Joint Force Command - Norfolk.

Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) is the central command of all NATO maritime forces and the Commander MARCOM is the prime maritime advisor to the Alliance. When directed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), it provides the core of the headquarters responsible for the conduct of maritime operations. The command is based at the Northwood Headquarters in northwest London.


The Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet (Royal Navy), gained a NATO responsibility as Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic Area (CINCEASTLANT), as part of SACLANT, when the NATO military command structure was established in 1953. CINCEASTLANT headquarters was established at the Northwood Headquarters in northwest London.[1]

Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic was redesignated as Commander, Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood ('CC-Mar' or AMCCN) around 2004.[2] The command, which was renamed Allied Maritime Command Northwood in 2010, reports to Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.[3]

At the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon it was decided to create a leaner and more effective command structure.[4] This reduced the number of major headquarters from 11 to 7 and, in particular, led to the deactivation of the Allied Maritime Command Naples on 27 March 2013 leaving the newly named MARCOM as the sole maritime component in NATO.[5]

MARCOM led Operation Active Endeavour, NATO's only Article-5 operation which ended in 2016. MARCOM also led Operation Ocean Shield, NATO's counter-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean which also ended in 2016.[6]


MARCOM was created through the North Atlantic Council to ensure the interoperability of NATO maritime forces, and placed directly under the Supreme Allied Commander Europe to be the leading voice on maritime issues within the Alliance. It is responsible for planning and conducting all NATO maritime operations.[7]

Current Structure[edit]

The NATO Command Structure (NCS), consisting of two strategic commands directed by the North Atlantic Council (NAC):[8]

Liaison:          Provides advice and support to the NAC
Brussels, BE
Brussels, BE
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International Military Staff DGIMS (IMS)
Brussels, BE
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Mons, BE
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Norfolk, US
Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum JFCBS Brunssum, NL
Joint Warfare Centre JWC Stavanger, NO
Allied Air Command AIRCOM Ramstein, DE
Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre JALLC Lisbon, PT
Allied Maritime Command MARCOM Northwood, GB
Joint Force Training Centre JFTC Bydgoszcz, PL
Allied Land Command LANDCOM İzmir, TR
NATO Communication and Information Systems Group CIS GP
Allied Joint Force Command Naples JFCNP Naples, IT

MARCOM leads four standing NATO maritime groups, two frigate groups and two mine countermeasures groups. The Standing NATO Maritime Groups are a multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from allied countries. The ships and any aircraft aboard are available to NATO to support Alliance tasking. These groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability. The command is also responsible for additional naval assets as they support NATO missions.[9]

Current groups are: Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCM2).

Currently, MARCOM leads Operation Sea Guardian designed as a Maritime Security Operation to provide security in the Mediterranean Sea.[10][11]


  1. ^ "The Military Structure". NATO. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ "The Permanent Joint Headquarters". UK Government. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The Evolution of NATO's Command Structure, 1951–2009" (PDF). NATO. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ "NATO Lisbon Summit 2010". NATO. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Deactivation ceremony of Allied Maritime Command Naples". Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command Naples. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  6. ^ "2009 Operation Ocean Shield News Articles". Manw.nato.int. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  7. ^ "MARCOM – Mission". NATO. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2018_02/1802-Factsheet-NATO-Command-Structure_en.pdf
  9. ^ "Allied Maritime Command - Standing Forces". NATO. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Operation Sea Guardian". NATO. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  11. ^ "2017 - OPERATIONS / SEA GUARDIAN". NATO. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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