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Underwater Warfare is changing radically, due both to the new international environment and to the introduction of new technology. More and more Navies are moving from deepwater large-scale operations to more covert shallow water operations in unfamiliar territory. The event will look at current and future operational requirements for underwater warfare, including submarines and associated weapons and equipment. It will also look at the growing importance of combat systems, sonar’s, torpedoes, countermeasures and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles for underwater warfare.

This conference will also describe the evolving threat, in terms of submarines and of changing undersea weapons. Parallel to the changing threat is a change in the role of the major navies, in many cases from sea control in the North Atlantic, to power projection into distant waters, potentially in support of multinational coalitions. Emerging markets, new programmes, current and prospective sensors, weapons and the platforms deploying them, will also be addressed.

A unique opportunity to hear international case studies and expert perspectives from leaders in the field including:

  • Rear Admiral Paul Stephen Stanley USN, Commander, Submarine Group 8, Commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South
  • Captain Harald Håkonsen, Commander, Norwegian Submarine Flotilla, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Captain Phil Webster, Naval Advisor to the Canadian High Commission
  • Captain (Ret’d) Arcangelo Simi, Head, Naval Armaments Section, Defence Investment Division, NATO*
  • Commander Franck Magarian, Programme Officer, Barracuda Programme, French Navy
  • Commander Jonty Powis, Commander, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO
  • Commander Mats Nordin, Chief Engineer, Submarines and Underwater Systems, FMV
  • Commander Mike Dyer, ASTUTE Combat Systems Manager, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence UK
  • Commander Rainer Preuss, Assistant Branch Chief, Operational Planning, German Ministry of Defence Naval Staff
  • Dr John Walker, MOD Strategic Advisor, Underwater Weapons, DSTL Naval Systems
  • Professor David Lane, Director, Ocean Systems Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University
    * Subject to Final Confirmation

    Benefits of Attending:
    ENHANCE your understanding of warfare in the contemporary underwater battlespace
    ASSESS current and emerging operational requirements for underwater platforms
    DEEPEN your knowledge of national and international undersea programmes
    GAIN insight into developments in underwater technology
    DISCOVER emerging underwater weapons and countermeasures
    IDENTIFY the processes towards their development, experimentation and implementation

    “A good mix of interesting subjects, well-presented and well-timed”
    Ian Hawkes, Submarine Refit Manager, BAE SYSTEMS (ASTUTE)

  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Alec Lyon

    Alec Lyon, Business Development Manager, Thales Underwater Systems

    9:10 THE EVOLUTION OF UNDERWATER WARFARE

    Captain (N) Phil Webster

    Captain (N) Phil Webster, Commander Maritime Ops Group 5, Canadian Navy

  • Change and evolution in submarine warfare
  • The role of the submarine in the modern naval environment
  • Operational uses: coastal defence; sea denial; power projection; strategic deterrence
  • Tactical uses; reconnaissance; mine-laying; ship-killing; land attack; SPEC OPS
  • Limitations of submarines
  • Evolving threats and asymmetrical threats
  • Future underwater requirements
  • 9:40 OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Rear Admiral Paul Stephen Stanley USN

    Rear Admiral Paul Stephen Stanley USN, Commander, Submarine Group 8, Commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South,

  • The changing nature of requirements
  • New approaches
  • Current and future operational requirements
  • submarines
  • associated weapons and equipment
  • combat systems
  • sonars
  • torpedoes
  • countermeasures
  • unmanned underwater vehicles
  • The way ahead
  • 10:20 THE CHANGING STRATEGIC BALANCE

    Commander Mats Nordin

    Commander Mats Nordin, Chief Engineer, Submarines and Underwater Systems, FMV

  • Shifting focus from the Cold War
  • The murky waters of the littoral areas
  • Asymmetric underwater warfare
  • Advanced or robust technology
  • Adaptable and flexible system of systems
  • Capability vs cost
  • A new operational concept will change strategic balance
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SUBMARINE TASKING

    Commander Jonty Powis

    Commander Jonty Powis, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO

  • The role of submarines in modern joint warfare and submarine contribution to coalition operations
  • The continuing need for covert ISR
  • Land attack
  • Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD)
  • coercion
  • preparing the battlespace
  • Future joint SSN missions
  • command
  • theatre ballistic missile defence
  • real-time responsive counter-battery fire
  • 12:00 THE NATO VISION FOR ARMAMENTS CO-OPERATION IN UNDERSEA WARFARE

    Richard Archer

    Richard Archer, Staff Officer, International Staff, Naval Armaments Section , Defence Investment Division, NATO

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NORWAY

    Captain Hårald Hakonsen

    Captain Hårald Hakonsen, Commander, Submarine Flotilla, Headquarters Defence Command Norway

  • From anti-invasion to integrated operations
  • Covert surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Experience from operation “Active Endeavour”
  • The way ahead
  • why update the ULA class?
  • how and when to update
  • mission need statement
  • 14:40 GERMANY

    Commander Delef Schaefer

    Commander Delef Schaefer, Assistant Branch Chief, Operational Planning, German Ministry of Defence Naval Staff

  • Significance of mine clearance for expeditionary warfare
  • Trends and tendencies in submarine development, mine counter systems and underwater surveillance
  • Current projects of the German Navy
  • Outlook
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS FOR UNDERWATER WARFARE

    Mark van den Brink

    Mark van den Brink, Project Leader ASW, TNO-FEL

  • What is operational analysis?
  • The need for operational analysis
  • Operational analysis for anti-submarine warfare
  • Operational analysis for mine warfare
  • Operational analysis for submarine warfare
  • 16:20 MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN UNDERWATER WARFARE

    Dilys Grant

    Dilys Grant, Programme Manager, ODIN Programme, QinetiQ

  • How generic simulation environments can help determine future underwater warfare operational requirements
  • System design and evaluation
  • Modelling concepts
  • Applications
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Bob Allwood

    Dr Bob Allwood, Director of Offshore Technology, Cranfield University

    9:10 TORPEDO DEVELOPMENT

    Dr John Walker

    Dr John Walker, MOD Strategic Advisor, Underwater Weapons, DSTL Naval Systems

  • The evolving requirement and the factors driving it
  • Making the most of available technology
  • STING RAY life extension
  • Heavyweight torpedo initiatives
  • Life extension vs new development
  • The future in-water weapon
  • 9:40 ASTUTE CLASS SUBMARINE COMBAT SYSTEM

    Commander Mike Dyer

    Commander Mike Dyer, ASTUTE Combat Systems Manager, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The role of the ASTUTE class
  • Developments from current submarine classes
  • The changing nature of submarine warfare
  • Developing the future capability
  • 10:20 BARRACUDA

    Commander Franck Magarian

    Commander Franck Magarian, Programme Oficer, Barracuda Programme, French Navy

  • Impact of littoral warfare and new technologies on the Barracuda class
  • Challenges and solutions
  • Programme status
  • The future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLES

    Professor David Lane

    Professor David Lane, Director, Ocean Systems Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University

  • The impact of UUVs on underwater warfare
  • conceptual
  • operational
  • tactical
  • UUV development
  • Challenges of integration
  • Autonomous UUV operations
  • The way ahead
  • 12:00 SONAR TECHNOLOGY

    Dr David Randles

    Dr David Randles, Technical Manager (Sonar), Marine and Acoustic Centre, QinetiQ

  • The advantages of using underwater sonar to monitor the air, surface and subsurface littoral domain
  • Achieving optimal sonar coverage
  • Submarine tactical environmental data
  • Sonar self noise reduction
  • Sonar analysis
  • Improvements and developing technologies
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 MINE WARFARE

    Ole Refshal

    Ole Refshal, Director MCM Programmes, Naval Systems, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace

  • Mine warfare systems
  • Operational issues: strategic use of mines; tactical positioning; trigger development; methods of delivery
  • In-service systems
  • Countermeasures; mine avoidance; minehunting; minesweeping; mine disposal
  • The future
  • 14:40 FIBREOPTIC TECHNOLOGY

    Mr Idwal Jones

    Mr Idwal Jones, , Cogent Defence Systems

    15:20 CHECKMATE

    Chris Hickey

    Chris Hickey, Director, International Underwater Storage

  • Why true stealth does not exist in the underwater environment
  • The Checkmate concept – effective deterrence at minimal cost
  • Applications
  • training
  • ISTAR
  • navigation
  • defensive function
  • Advantages
  • The inverse square law – how any vessel hunting Checkmate by sonar invites self-destruction
  • Challenges
  • Next steps; deployment by air, surface or subsurface vessels
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks

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    Achieving situational awareness in the underwater battlespace
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    Achieving situational awareness in the underwater battlespace

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