MARITIME INTERCEPTION OPERATIONS
SECURITY AWARENESS NOTICE
This course contains FOUO and a
request for training must be
on the requesting agency(ies)
•MIO Team will be called to enforce sanctions or national policies imposed unilaterally by a state/country, multilaterally by two or more states/coutries, or as directed by the United Nations Security Council or other regional authority. The authority to engage in maritime interception operations (MIO) is based on international law and is given by the (Countries Name) national authority or other regional authority. Commanders need to be familiar with NWP 1-14M and terms such as right of approach and visit, and understand what constitutes a consensual boarding (see definition of key terms in Paragraph 1.5). For the purposes of this NTTP, the entering assumption is that there exists a lawful order or directive to conduct MIO against suspect vessels. Therefore, once directed and committed, the mission will fall into one of three tactical categories: compliant, noncompliant, or opposed.
This NTTP provides MIO preparation and support guidance, including:
1. Tactical procedures for detecting, interrogating, approaching, and boarding suspect vessels
2. Recommendations for boarding team (BT) manning, equipment, and procedures
3. Command, control, and communications (C3) guidelines to support embarked MIO forces (special
operations, law enforcement detachment (LEDET), and coalition) during boarding operations
4. C3 guidelines for conducting MIO in a multinational environment.
The primary objective of MIO is to determine if a merchant ship is in compliance with the stated reason for interception. The secondary objective is to gather information about:
1. The merchant ship's itinerary and future intentions
2. Military and merchant activity in and around the embargoed nation's ports
3. Potential affiliation and/or support by a vessel for nonstate terrorist actors.
SPECIAL PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR ANY TEAM TO TAKE THIS COURSE, CONTACT US FOR REQUIREMENTS