***The Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) initiative began in 2008 as a mechanism of meetings aimed at coordinating and de-conflicting activities between the countries and coalitions involved in military counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean.
***The meetings are held in Bahrain at regular intervals and are co-chaired on a rotational basis by the Coalition Maritime Forces (CMF), NATO, and EUNAVFOR.
***Since the beginning in 2008, military and civilian representatives from 27 countries, 14 international organizations, the maritime industry and several governments have joined the meetings.
***The pact signed by India, japan and China to achieve the most efficient use of Naval forces present in the Indian ocean region. India, Japan and China signed a pact to share data to achieve the most efficient use of Naval Forces present in the Indian Ocean Region. This initiative is called the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE).
*** The initiative began functioning from 1 January 2012. The SHADE mechanism is likely to check sea piracy in Indian Ocean.