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This year our Future Surface Warships conference will provide new perspectives and in-depth analysis such as:

An SMi exclusive on the US Naval Surface Warfare Center perspective on ROI and human system improvements on DDX ships

A case study success story of how the Spanish Navy and NAVANTIA are co-ordinating efforts and innovating globally

An evaluation by three experts on how to best integrate UAVs onto ship platforms

An interactive-workshop in association with dstl and QinetiQ that will explore various traditional and asymmetric threats as they affect naval vessels

    It will also highlight greater naval expectations and will create an open forum for industry and military leaders to identify solutions for improving productivity and competitiveness. In conjunction with international experts, a Special Panel Discussion will evaluate and take into consideration how to create an optimal naval fleet of more capable yet flexible ships and how best to meet the demands of current and future missions.

    The exceptional and diverse speaker line up includes:

    • Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, South African Navy
    • Captain Javier Romero, Head, Capability Development Branch, Plans Division, Spanish Navy General Staff
    • Captain Bjørn Egenberg, Norwegian Surface Flotilla, Norwegian Navy
    • Commander Mark Tunnicliffe, Head, Maritime Research Coordination Cell, Director General Maritime Force Development, Chief of Maritime Staff, NDHQ, Canadian Forces
    • Commander Jean Lavallee, Project Manager, Single Class Surface Combatant, Canadian Forces
    • Trish Hamburger, Director, Human Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center, US
    • Simon Binns, Naval Architect, Naval Systems, dstl
    • Professor Mike J Grimble, Director, Industrial Control Centre, University of Strathclyde
    • Dr Richard Bucknall, Senior Lecture & Director, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University College London
    • Dr Michael Bell, Chief Scientist, Alidade
    • Francisco Barón, Naval Architect, Director, International Naval Programs, NAVANTIA

    Chaired by Dr Eric Grove, Senior Lecturer in Military History & Director, Graduate Studies, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford

    Future Surface Warships will:

    • Evaluate future trends and naval developments
    • Examine the navy and the industry counterpart relationship
    • Analyse shipbuilding strategies and perspectives on ROI
    • Provide insights into UAV developments and integration
    • Discuss prospects for optimising human capital and ship systems

    Conference programme

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Eric Grove

    Dr Eric Grove, Senior Lecturer in Military History & Director, Graduate Studies, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford

  • Current trends of more capable yet flexible ships
  • Capability mixes as a cost efficient solution
  • Meeting the requirements of littoral warfare
  • 9:40 SOUTH AFRICAN OVERVIEW OF CURRENT AND FUTURE FLEETS

    Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman

    Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, , South African Navy

  • Current developments
  • Collaboration with industry
  • Continued modernisation
  • Future implications
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 SPANISH SURFACE WARSHIPS AND SHIPBUILDING DEVELOPMENTS

  • Introduction
  • Creating a complete fleet
  • Current projects
  • Innovation and industrial challenges
  • Co-ordination efforts
  • Future projects
  • Incorporating innovations globally
  • Captain Javier Romero

    Captain Javier Romero, Head, Capability Development Branch, Plans Division, Spanish General Staff

    Francisco  Barón

    Francisco Barón, Naval Architect, Director, International Naval Programs, NAVANTIA

    11:50 TOOLS, TECHNOLOGIES, AND ROI

  • HSI Tools and Processes:
  • Crew, watchstander, and command center models
  • DDX Manning Uncertainty Issues List (MUIL)
  • Technologies; automation, commonality, food services
  • ROI for HSI strategies, tools, and technologies
  • Application to mixed capability ships
  • Future outlook
  • Trish Hamburger

    Trish Hamburger, Human Systems Integration Director, Warfare Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Justin Kingsford

    Justin Kingsford, Lead, Human Systems Integration Surface Mission Module, Warfare Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:10 SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION

    Chaired by Dr Eric Grove, Senior Lecturer in Military History & Director, Graduate Studies, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford
    Dr Michael Bell

    Dr Michael Bell, Chief Scientist, Alidade

    Dr Richard Bucknall

    Dr Richard Bucknall, Senior Lecturer & Director, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University College London

    Commander Jean Lavallee

    Commander Jean Lavallee, Project Manager, Single Class Surface Combatant, National Defence Headquarters

    15:00 THE FRIGATES OF THE FRIDTJOF NANSEN CLASS

    Captain Bjørn Egenberg

    Captain Bjørn Egenberg, Commander Norwegian Frigate Service, Royal Norwegian Navy

  • Procurement as a political and military signal
  • Weapons and capabilities
  • The lean manning concept
  • Frigates in the littorals
  • Co-operation with allied navies
  • 15:40 LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP AND ASSOCIATED OFF-BOARD SYSTEMS

    Dr Michael Bell

    Dr Michael Bell, Chief Scientist, Alidade

  • Assessing LCS as a distributed, networked system
  • Limitations of centralized command and control (C2) structures
  • Off-board systems as both distributed C2 nodes and extended weapons of a central LCS
  • Role of naval helicopters in distributed C2
  • Implications for other future naval systems
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

    9:00 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Eric Grove

    Dr Eric Grove, Senior Lecturer in Military History & Director, Graduate Studies, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford

    9:40 CANADA’S DEVELOPMENTS OF UAVS

    Commander Mark Tunnicliffe

    Commander Mark Tunnicliffe, Head, Maritime Research Coordination Cell, Director General Maritims Force Development, Chief of Maritime Staff, NDHQ, Canadian Forces

  • Overview of programme
  • Maritime UAV trials
  • UAV research initiative
  • Prospects for use of sensors for UAVs on ships
  • Future opportunities
  • 10:20 PHYSICAL INTEGRATION OF UXVS

    Simon Binns

    Simon Binns, Naval Architect, Naval Systems, dstl

  • How ships can apply the developments
  • Possibilities for UAVs, AUVs, and land based sensors
  • What operating changes will have to happen
  • Positive outlook for integrated future fleets
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 THE IMPACT OF UNMANNED VEHICLES ON FUTURE SHIPS DESIGNS

    Dr Richard Bucknall

    Dr Richard Bucknall, Senior Lecturer & Director, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University College London

  • The growth of unmanned vehicles and potential future use in naval warfare
  • Types of unmanned vehicles and impact on ship operations
  • Unmanned vehicles on ship design:
  • Impact of launch and recovery
  • Operation, storage and maintenance
  • Ship design optimisation issues and hullform selection
  • 12:10 THE MEKO CSL LITTORAL WARSHIP

    Wolfgang Bohlayer

    Wolfgang Bohlayer, Senior Manager, Technical Proposal Management, Surface Vessel Division, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

  • Client specified requirements as deciding factors
  • Design and Technical Results
  • Flexible alternatives: different designs and systems
  • Cost effective considerations and benefits
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:20 ADVANCED CONTROL FOR IMPROVED SHIP ROLL STABILISATION

  • Advances over previous systems based on linear control techniques
  • Development of simple controllers structures for easy commissioning and tuning
  • Performance benefits
  • Minimisation of adverse wear and tear effects
  • The family of optimal controllers to optimise different ship capabilities including noise
  • Improved operational effectiveness through use of rudder and fin stabilisation examples
  • Professor Mike Grimble

    Professor Mike Grimble, Director, Industrial Control Centre, University of Strathclyde

    Dr Leonardo Giovanini

    Dr Leonardo Giovanini, Technical Manager, Industrial Control Centre, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University Of Strathclyde

    15:00 STEALTH RADARS AND WARSHIPS

    Eric Heemskerk

    Eric Heemskerk, Senior Research Scientist, TNO Defence, Security and Safety

  • Need based on new challenges
  • Meeting the navy’s expectations
  • Use within the navy ships
  • Current achievements
  • 15:40 WARSHIP’S ROLE IN RESPONSE TO ASYMMETRIC THREATS

    Alan Stevenson

    Alan Stevenson, Naval Business Segment Manager, Defence Optronics, Thales

  • Meeting the Navy’s expectations
  • Naval infra-red search & track systems case study
  • Current use within the navy ships
  • Future plans for further implementation
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

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