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Underwater Defence & Security 2018 Conference Agenda
Global instability is focusing the lens of Underwater Defence and Security operators firmly on the operations of submarines and the risk of mines. The move away from land operations is creating a need for countries to develop their sea basing intent and capabilities. Failing to keep abreast of these developments could have dire consequences.
Underwater Defence & Security, chaired by Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant CB, Former Commander Operations, Royal Navy, returns for its sixth year to Portsmouth, welcoming an international audience of submariners, MCM and ASW operators, ship Captains, pilots, R&D organisations, procurements teams, academia and industry to discuss the key issues affecting this community.
The likelihood force projection from the sea has increased more so in the past decade that at any point since the Cold War. As Navies analyse their ability to protect their Flag Ships whilst ensuring ship-to- shore operations, close attention is being paid to how submarines can be deployed as well as MCM and ASW missions to ensure freedom of movement in access denied areas. The opening session will review some of these threats and how these are being overcome.
The opening keynote will be provided by Vice Admiral Clive Charles Carruthers Johnstone CB CBE RN, Commander, NATO Allied Maritime Command
INTEGRATING MODULAR ASSETS FOR OPTIMUM RESPONSE
Recent events have highlighted the effects of diminishing numbers of MPAs/ MPHs, resulting in Fleets being vulnerable to surveillance and ultimately attack. This session will examine how modular tools can continue to be a key contributor for ASW and surveillance. It aims to identify potential improvements in current capabilities and what transitions are necessary for the future.
Requirements for stealth technology has increased in line with the levels of submarine activity, but the race continues to develop sensors that can detect, identify and targets UW targets. Consideration must be given to what sensors should be deployed for both ASW and MCM and whether materials used for platforms are evolved and ready for combat?
SURFACE ASSET PROTECTION
As the complexity and frequency of subsurface programmes increase, innovative solutions are required to keep the surface community at the top of their game. To fully exploit the underwater domain, Commanders must have a deep understanding of more than just topography, temperatures and salinity. This session will explore the path to ensuring protection of surface assets.
Off board, remote, unmanned and autonomous technology present opportunities to either supplement or replace conventional systems and increase capabilities. Over 40 countries now operate some form of this technology and this session will analyse some of these platforms, whilst considering their potential impact on the underwater battlespace.
ENSURING FLEET SURVIVABILITY
As the complexity, frequency and threats of subsurface programmes increase, innovative solutions are required to keep operators in underwater warfare need to be at the top of their game. The final session will collate themes identified from the past three days and suggest ways forward for enduring Fleet survivability.
UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGY: REALISING AMBITIONS FOR GREATER COMMAND AND CONTROL
Forces that have both the capability and intention to disrupt allied activity are driving significant interest and investment in technology developments. Innovation is increasingly being sought from industry and this session will attempt to merge the requirements of the military with the ideas from industry.
Underwater Defence & Security 2018 will bring together the underwater defence community for three days of meetings and discussions. Please download the confirmed agenda.
Military, Navy and Government personnel receive free entry.