6th – 8th June
Portsmouth, UK

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“Challenges to modern in service management of naval platforms"

09:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee.
09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former ACOS Operations and Capability, UK MoD


Surface vessels are expensive to procure and maintain through their life cycles. Efficient and effective management of the maintenance, repair and modernisation during a platform’s operational life is a challenging balance of resource management and operational availability. Implementing management structures and integrating contactors into the though life support system will significantly promote cost effectiveness of future vessels. This session explores various strategies for the support of vessels in service.

09:30 -

Ship life cycle management through new ship support strategies

  • New relationships with industry to support in service units
  • Planning for effective maintenance and refits during the design phase
  • Preparing investment plans for future classes

Commodore Matthew Harrison OBE, DES Ships Support, Common Support Model Programme Director, DE&S, UK MoD

10:00 -

Delivering ship support on time and within budget: The industry challenge

  • Building export friendly multi-functional naval ships and the support they will need
  • Planned programs with the possibility to implement better partnership concepts
  • Development opportunities with partners and industry

Babcock International

10:30 -

Managing cost of ownership and through life costs separately

  • The difference between owning and running a ship
  • Splitting responsibilities impact on operational effectives
  • Future vessel planning and what that will mean for in service support contracts

Commodore Simon Page, Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada

11:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Contractors managing the in-service management of naval platforms must be able to meet the demands of operational platforms. They need to be able to conduct maintenance, deliver replacement parts and restore capability anywhere in the world, often at short notice. The following session will explore the challenges this brings and describe recent operations such as patrolling the middle east where some of these contracts have proven their effectiveness.

11:30 -

System issues faced in different climates

  • Common system defects on propulsion, power and fresh water effect on ships readiness
  • Expense of malfunctioning equipment during deployments
  • How solution providers are mitigating the downtime of deployed vessels

Captain Jerome Zinni, Chief, Maintenance Centre, US Navy Europe

12:00 -

After sales support for deployed forces

  • Durability of propulsion systems for maritime operations
  • In service after care solutions for deployed vessels
  • Capability investment to ensure more rapid support

Marc Sommer, Director After Sales and Services, Business Unit Marine Propulsion Systems, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

12:30 -

Managing OEMs and delivery availability

  • Changing behaviours through Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that increase operational availability
  • Resources dedicated to supporting deployed units
  • Future systems that will incorporate a though life partnership

Khristian Kowalski, Chief of Naval Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

13:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Many nations are now faced with the challenge of managing platforms operating beyond their original design life and new and demanding requirements. These changing demands on naval platforms must be planned to ensure successful integration and efficient implementation. Failure to do so will adversely affect platform effectiveness. This session explores planning for upgrades to in-service vessels and the design thinking behind new designs for future agility.

14:00 -

Predicting future technology upgrades

  • Advancement of telecommunications, weapons and external platforms
  • Comparison of ships life expectancy and possible ramifications
  • Effective modernisation planning to mitigate gaps in capability

Captain Juan Bautista Pérez Puig, Head of Capability Requirements Branch, Plans and Policy Division,Spanish Navy

14:30 -

Overcoming structural issues that prohibit platform upgrades

  • Examples of vessels that have been better equipped to operate in different climates
  • Time scale and integrity challenges rebuilding platform aspects to accommodate modern systems
  • Considerations when designing future vessels for HVAC&R systems

Bronswerk Group

15:00 -

Civilian expertise when implementing upgrades whilst at sea

  • Time scale and integrity benefits to refitting on the move
  • Successful upgrades that have updated platforms with modern technology
  • Examples of company partnerships that improve on in service upgrades

Cris Crossley, Fleet Manager, Carnival UK

15:30 -
Chairman’s Summary and close of focus day

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD

“Floatation and propulsion”

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD


Security missions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East have increasingly influenced Naval capability requirements. However, over the last few years Navies have been increasingly involved with migration crises, disaster relief and boarder security. To open the main conference, programme developers and industry partners will hear from those tracking the issues that are shaping the design of future vessels and their capability priorities.

09:00 -

The Royal Navy’s surface fleet capability to provide power projection and territorial defence

  • Changes to RN force structure at Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015
  • Strategic capabilities of RN and current tasking
  • Capabilities and programmes of future ship classes

Henry Parker CB, Director Ships Acquisition, UK MoD, DE&S

09:30 -

Total platform care and delivery from design to decommissioning

  • Commercial infrastructure tailored to the needs of the fleet
  • Ability to address and manage refits , builds and repairs
  • Future investment that will significantly improve naval support

BAE Systems

10:00 -

Strategic trends: The drivers for today’s Navies

  • The spectrum of operations undertaken by Navies and influence on procurement
  • Where is the trend and what should nations be preparing for
  • Future technologies that need to be implemented into new platforms
10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking

Hosted by


Shipbuilding programmes that are long term and continuous, creates issues for government and industry alike. The management of this complexity while maturing an informed understanding of the environment is challenging the need to develop the skills and experience to control acquisition and transition into service is significant. Implementation delays can result in out of date technology and the need to extend the ships being replaced. This session explores these challenges and describes some recent approaches used by those engaged in current programmes.

11:15 -

Future fleet design for the Royal Netherlands Navy including replacement ship programs

  • Impact of operational trends and life cycle cost on procurement
  • Early concepts for new MCM capability, Frigates and Submarines
  • Potential opportunities for ship building industry and secondary supplies

Captain Sebo Hofkamp, Head of Naval Plans and Requirements, Netherlands MoD

11:45 -

Making the strategy real: Shipbuilding options for future programs

  • Analysing the available industry and infrastructure for previous programs
  • Techniques and tools to dissect complexity and create options
  • Methods for choosing partners in future programs

Babcock International

12:15 -

Exploiting commercial expertise and systems by naval architects

  • Bilateral civilian/military cooperation in upcoming projects
  • Examples where Naval platforms have benefited from non-traditional input such as consultancy’s
  • Investment in information technology such as CAD systems and 3D modelling

Michael Garrety, Counsellor, Defence Material, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Australian Defence Force

Captain Shane Craig, Naval Attaché, Australian Defence Force

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


Designing a new class of Frigate, Destroyer OPV or MCM platform is a complex project. Taking in to account all the specifications a new class needs to possess and might have to adapt in the future requires a unique and refined skill set. This group of presentations will provide all stakeholders involved in naval shipbuilding the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques, technology and tailored packages being used in warship design.

14:15 –

Complexity of the warship design process

  • Incorporating necessary systems in Italy’s future surface programs
  • Priorities for the multifunctional battleship that were established in the ship design review
  • Opportunities for industry to be involved in Italy’s ship building projects

Captain Enrico Olivo, Head of the Surface Ship Design Office, Italian Navy

14:45 –

Designing for high specification survivability, integrity and floatation

  • Constraints to achieving ideal superstructure dynamics
  • Concepts derived from older classes that will impact future designs
  • Next generation materials that will maximise movement, stealth and durability


15:15 -

Procurement model and ship design in the Finnish SQ 2020 Corvette project

  • Operational requirements that have prompted the need for the new Corvettes
  • Specifications analysis to avoid unnecessary delays in production
  • Incorporating civilian expertise into the Naval shipbuilding process

Commander Jon Von Weissenberg, Project Manager 2020, Finnish Navy

15:45 –
Afternoon Tea and Networking

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Propulsion systems are the one of the early considerations in designing a platform yet recent high profile failures in this area are cause for concern. Manoeuvrability and speed will be key assets when undertaking maritime security operations therefore, it is imperative appropriate systems are implemented that can be adaptable in future upgrades. These presentations will explore the issues and potential solutions.

16:30 –

Factoring propulsion design reliability and performance in new designs

  • Developing the optimum superstructure and propulsion system
  • Shortfalls in previous systems that have hindered operational activities
  • Assessment of commercial products suitable for future procurement initiatives

Commander Phil Bradshaw, Director Naval Engineering, Marine Engineering Branch Head, Royal New Zealand Navy

17:00 –

Evolution of propulsion systems including applicability of new technologies

  • Activities where ships need to be reliable, manoeuvrable and fast
  • Specification comparison between new systems and legacy platforms
  • Incorporating user friendly controls to allow non-technical sailors to operate machinery


17:30 –

Power demands of sophisticated information and weapon systems

  • Power demands of modern technology such as weapons and C4ISTAR
  • Issues with outdated generators ability to power modernised systems
  • Planning for replacement alternative energy sources during the planning

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD

18:00 –

Chairman’s Summary

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD

18:10 –
Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

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Conference Day Two – 8th June 2017

“Integrating Communications and external platforms”

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD


Information technology, radars and new weapons need to be considered early in the design of naval platforms. Antennae and radars are critical to the warfighting and C2 capability yet their position must be carefully considered in relation to the superstructure, and helicopter and UAV operations. This session will discuss how planning can optimise connectivity though a platform’s life including the challenges of modernisation and maintenance of these essential structures.

09:00 -

Planning superstructure design for the ADA class corvettes

  • Achieving reliable C2 including radar effectiveness in a busy superstructure
  • Adapting legacy platforms to new telecommunications and radar capability
  • Opportunities for industry to get involved with future shipbuilding projects

Rear Admiral Ahmet Cakir, Commanding Officer, Istanbul Naval Shipyard, Turkish Navy

09:30 -

Unmanned systems considerations for future platforms

  • Mission dependence on unmanned systems such as aero surveillance
  • Control system connectivity dependencies that need to be embedded during planning
  • Future unmanned equipment that will improve platform capability

Chris Day, Director of Capability Engineering, Schiebel

10:00 -

Factoring the rise of unmanned technology into future platform specifications

  • Ensuring suitable connectivity systems are in place to house UAV,UUV and UV’s
  • Using unmanned technology to promote a mute-role platform capability
  • Current off the shelf-products that have that could be incorporated in future vessels

Robert Been, Programme Manager Engineering Department, NATO Science and Technology Organisation, Centre for Maritime Research Experimentation

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Almost every warship including some smaller vessels requires the capability to host, or operate with a variety of helicopters. Securing, maintaining and launching a helicopter requires a variety of supporting systems, which need to be considered during the build process.

11:15 -

Employment of helicopters from surface ships for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare

  • Recent missions and that have demonstrated the reliance on helicopter
  • Lessons derived from recent operations that demonstrate areas of capability shortfall
  • Implications on design requirements

Captain Tate Westbrook, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 60, Commander, Task Force 65, US Navy Europe

11:45 -

Integrating helo operations into ship specifications

  • C2 connectivity considerations for air to ship communications
  • Tracking and monitoring helicopter operations and how it affects platform designs
  • Ensuring the full spectrum of helicopter operations can be carried out on future surface vessels
12:15 -

Operating a 21st century helicopter from future surface platforms

  • Versatility of the Wildcat helicopter to function in an attack, surveillance and reconnaissance role
  • Dimensions that allow it operate from multiple platforms
  • Future capability considerations that will allow the Wildcat to stay in line with future vessels

Lieutenant Commander Alexander Sims, Senior Warfare Officer, 825 Naval Air Squadron,Royal Navy

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


Launching and recovering smaller, faster craft are imperative to maritime interdiction, humanitarian and many other types of naval operations. Effective and reliable davits, cranes and boat housing systems will therefore have a significantly influence a ships operations in theatre. The position, reliability and safety of the launch mechanism will be among the first considerations when implementing these systems into the ships superstructure.

13:45 -

Future sea boat dimensions and launcher requirements for naval priorities

  • Launch speed and man power considerations when procuring boat launchers
  • Effect on mission objectives due to launching elementals such as sea state and weather conditions
  • Optimising cradles and small craft technology to enhance future ship capability

Rob White, Canadian Coast Guard, Director General, Major Crown Projects-Vessel Procurement, Canadian Coast Guard

14:15 -

The role of multi-purpose davits, crane and recovery systems

  • Durability when used as a multifunctional capability
  • Finding solutions to deterioration, system failures and release issues of legacy systems
  • Optimising proven systems with better protection and small modifications
14:45 -

Space saving deployable safety systems

  • Capabilities required when deploying sea survival systems and MOB markers
  • Streamlining recovery methods to mitigate time lapses
  • Digitalisation of sea survival systems for future project s
15:15 -

Chairman’s summary and close of conference

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD