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Naval forces world-wide face a future of enforced adaptation and innovation to accommodate variable geopolitical constraints, whilst maintaining maximum operational capability.

The contemporary strategic context places a premium on surface warships. In an age of long range precision attack systems, their capacity to engage in the three dimensional maritime battlespace has never been greater, as is their ability to be 'network enabled'. In a highly uncertain strategic environment, the ability to use the majority of the world's surface and reach most of the world's population makes maritime forces those of choice for the world's main actors and their allies - and surface warships are key components of such forces. The need to police the oceans against the dual threats of terrorism and piracy also make surface warship programmes a crucial and indispensable part of the future maritime environment.

SMi's 6th Annual Future Surface Warships Conference will provide international perspectives from senior ‘world-stage’ naval representatives and examine key next-generation surface warship programmes.

Future Surface Warships will consider the innovative and different concepts being developed to address the challenges of providing the warfighter with the capability for effective naval strike support and the practicalities of turning them into reality.

Future Surface Warships will explore future design, propulsion and vulnerability issues. Enabling timely discussion on how technology can be adapted and obstacles overcome in order to develop the next generation of rapidly deployable and survivable platforms.

The questions of warship size and sophistication, quantity versus quality have no clear answers, but Future Surface Warships with its highly informed speakers in key positions, will be of enormous assistance in clearer thinking about what those solutions might be. An exceptional speaker line up includes:

  • Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, Corvette Project Director, South African Navy
  • Captain Ian Jess, IPT Leader, Major Warships (MW) Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Captain Paul Maddison, Director General, Maritime Force Development, Canadian Navy
  • Captain Walter J Wright, Program Manager, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules, US Navy
  • Captain Palle Cortes, Chief of Staff, Royal Danish Navy
  • Captain Mark Dannant, IPT Leader, Marine Propulsion Systems (MPS) Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Commander Hervé Boy, HORIZON Project Officer, Directorate of Navy Programmes, French Navy*
  • Lieutenant Commander Ian Cowper, EPT Leader, Marine Environment Survivability and Habitability (MESH) Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Commander Paulo Jorge da Silva de Pinho, PRT Navy Staff, Operations Division, Portuguese Navy
  • Lieutenant Commander John Rees, SSE Section Officer, Supportability Assurance Group, Technical Enabling Services, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Patricia Hamburger, Human Systems Integration Director, Naval Surface Warfare Centre, US Navy
  • David Manley, Technical Adviser, Maritime Platform Vulnerability Reduction, dstl, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Dr Gabriel Roy, Program Manager, Mechanics and Energy Conversion Division, Office of Naval Research, US Navy
  • Douglas Wright, Capability Leader, Vulnerability Assessment, QinetiQ
  • Caroline Day, Project Manager, Waste Management Group, QinetiQ

* Subject to Final Confirmation

Benefits of Attending Future Surface Warships include:

  • IDENTIFY the latest naval requirements for future surface warships
  • LEARN how ongoing surface warship programmes have evolved to meet requirements
  • EXAMINE the latest key design developments for the next generation of platforms
  • HEAR about the implications and advantages of emerging propulsion technologies
  • DEVELOP an understanding of surface warship vulnerability issues

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Eric Grove

Dr Eric Grove, Director, Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull

9:10 A SURFACE WARSHIP FOR TOMORROW’S SOUTH AFRICA

Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman

Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, Corvette Project Director, South African Navy

  • The operational requirement
  • Affordability challenges and strategies 
  • Program overview
  • The MEKO A200 SAN
  • Initial operating experiences
  • 9:50 A NEW VISION FOR THE CANADIAN FORCES

    Captain Paul Maddison

    Captain Paul Maddison, Director General, Maritime Force Development, Canadian Navy

  • Rapidly deployable adaptive joint force : Sea-based littoral manoeuvre

  • Standing Contingency and Mission Specific Task Forces

  • Major Capital Programmes: Joint Support Ship, Single Class Surface Combatant,  Amphibious Ship, etc.

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 TAKING THE DANISH NAVY INTO THE FUTURE

    Captain Palle Cortes

    Captain Palle Cortes, Chief of Staff, Royal Danish Navy

  • The Flexible Supportship Project
  • The Patrolship Project
  • 11:40 PORTUGAL AND ITS FUTURE SURFACE WARSHIP PROGRAMMES AND REQUIREMENTS

    Lieutenant Commander Paulo Jorge Silva de Pinho

    Lieutenant Commander Paulo Jorge Silva de Pinho, Navy Staff, Operations Division, Portuguese Navy

  • Surface warships and their place in tomorrow’s fleet
  • The perceived operating environment
  • Required platform capabilities
  • Overview: future surface warship platforms
  • International co-operation: global reach
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE GERMAN NAVY’S CLASS 130 CORVETTE AND THE MEKO DELTA WARSHIP FOR FOREIGN NAVIES

    Wolfgang Bohlayer

    Wolfgang Bohlayer, Senior Manager, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

  • Class 130 Corvette
  • Program overview
  • Project status
  • MEKO D Class
  • The perceived missions
  • Technical solutions
  • MEKO D Corvettes and Frigates
  • 14:30 CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES IN MAJOR WARSHIP SUPPORT

    Captain Ian Jess

    Captain Ian Jess, IPT Leader, Major Warships Integrated Project Team, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Overview: Major Warship support
  • Reducing logistical footprints: on and offshore
  • Future processes and technologies being utilised for effective logistical support
  • Maintaining current warship capability with Through Life Information Management
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE SUPPORT SOLUTIONS ENVELOPE (SSE)

    Lieutenant Commander John Rees

    Lieutenant Commander John Rees, SSE Section Officer, Supportability Assurance Group, Technical Enabling Services, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • SSE - the essential what and why
  • An overview of structure and content
  • Assessment, assurance and scrutiny explained
  • How to ‘do SSE’ - a high level view
  • Innovation and coherence - unlikely bedfellows?
  • 16:20 HOW VULNERABLE ARE SURFACE WARSHIPS?

    David Manley

    David Manley, Technical Adviser, Maritime Platform Vulnerability Reduction, dstl, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Overview: the current threat
  • Case study
  • The asymmetric threat environment
  • Linking the threat and the solution
  • The future
  • 17:00 SURVIVABILITY OF FUTURE SURFACE WARSHIPS

    Douglas Wright

    Douglas Wright, Capability Leader, Vulnerability Assessment, QinetiQ

  • Overview
  • Initial impact: blast and fragmentation
  • Secondary damage mechanisms: flood and fire
  • The crew: damage control and system restoration
  • The SURVIVE programme
  • Future requirements
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Eric Grove

    Dr Eric Grove, Director, Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull

    9:10 THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP: TRANSFORMING OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY

    Captain Walter J Wright

    Captain Walter J Wright, Program Manager, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules, US Navy

  • The use of modular, open systems architecture
  • Adapt and reconfigure for the operational environment and threat
  • Networked, unmanned vehicles (removing the crew from the mine danger area/torpedo danger zone)
  • Use of standardardized common vehicles and interfaces
  • Use of spiral development/rapid technology insertion
  • 9:50 21ST CENTURY SEA BASED COMBAT POWER SYSTEMS

    Edward Dudson

    Edward Dudson, Ship Design Director, BMT Nigel Gee and Asscoiates

  • X-Craft requirement and design
  • Sea fighter build and trials
  • Sea fighter II – meeting the LCS challenge
  • The future – transformational and affordable designs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SURFACE WARSHIP PROPULSION: THE NEXT GENERATION

    Captain Mark Dannant

    Captain Mark Dannant, IPT Leader, Marine Propulsion Systems Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organistion, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Current propulsion technologies
  • Propulsion for the 21st Century
  • 11:40 ADVANCED SURFACE WARSHIP PROPULSION

    Dr Gabriel Roy

    Dr Gabriel Roy, Program Manager, Energy Conversion-Propulsion, Mechanics and Energy Conversion Division, Office of Naval Research, US Navy

  • Current propulsion technology
  • US Navy vision for electric powered ships
  • Design and operational advantages
  • High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) research
  • Future directions and potential for fully integrated drive system
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 UNITED STATES NAVY MANPOWER OPTIMIZATION EFFORTS

    Patricia Hamburger

    Patricia Hamburger, Human Systems Integration Director, Naval Surface Warfare Centre, US Navy

  • LCS (Littoral Combat Ship)
  • DD(X)
  • Carriers (CVN 77 and CVN 21)
  • Virginia Class submarine
  • Human systems performance assessment capability
  • 14:40 WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ON FUTURE SURFACE WARSHIPS

  • Overview of current practice
  • Importance of robust waste management
  • Integration with the ship’s systems
  • Future directions
  • Caroline Day

    Caroline Day, Project Manager, Waste Management Group, QinetiQ

    Lieutenant Commander Ian Cowper

    Lieutenant Commander Ian Cowper, EPT Leader, Marine Environment Survivability and Habitability (MESH) Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

    15:20 TRENDS IN OBSERVATION SYSTEMS FOR FUTURE SURFACE WARSHIPS

    Bas Dunnebier

    Bas Dunnebier, Business Unit Manager, Observation Systems, TNO Defence, Security and Safety

  • Novel sensor concepts
  • The use of aerial and ground-based sensors
  • Integrated topside design
  • Sensor fusion
  • Network Enabled Capability
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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