6th - 8th March 2017
Portsmouth, UK

Focus Day 6th March 2017
Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

To download full agenda, click here.


Maritime aviation remains a critical asset during a time of changing priorities. Air assets can enable constant deterrence via greater range, speed and accuracy when providing surveillance to hunt enemy submarines.

Recent events have highlighted the effects of diminishing numbers of MPAs/ MPHs, resulting in Fleets being vulnerable to surveillance and ultimately attack. The focus day will examine how aircraft 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.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE MA FRAeS RN (Retd), Former Assistance Director Carrier Strike & Aviation, Royal Navy


Manmade and natural interference creates a cluttered environment where enemy forces can easily conceal their position. Aircraft augment Fleet’s lethality through precision and enabling fast attacks at distance, but within congested environments it is best deployed alongside other assets. This section examines current technological developments and strategies to maintain a dominant force posture.

9:30 -

Increasing security in the Indian Ocean through the new P-8I ASW platform

  • Difficulties securing Indian territorial waters prior to the introduction of the P-8I
  • New systems specifically designed for the increased submarine traffic
  • Future modifications to meet growing challenges industry can assist with

Rear Admiral P G Philipose, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air), Indian Navy

10:00 -

Delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class to the Fleet

  • Post ’99 SDSR: A 15 year programme in the making
  • Future trials and delivery plan
  • Moving towards Carrier Strike 2020

Captain Mark Blackmore, DACOS (Carrier Strike), Royal Navy

10:30 -

Using Aircraft to Increase the Precision and Range of an ASW Networked Environment

  • How allied interoperability ensures optimal ASW
  • Overcoming shared data exploitation to enable coherent communication
  • Ensuring effective collaboration to negate capability disparities between nations

Commodore Andreas Vettos, Commander Maritime Air, NATO Maritime Command

11:00 -

Coffee and Networking


Multi static technology can provide the key to exploiting information, but whilst it is no longer a juvenile concept its application is still in its infancy. Currently there is a lack of synchronisation amongst capability and technology and the concept must mature to become a useable operational asset. Here we explore current developments and pioneering technology to equip Navies.

11:30 -

P-8A / Triton / TacMobile "Family of Systems Approach" to next generation ASW

  • Importance of the Long-range maritime patrol partnership in the Atlantic
  • Analysing investment priorities between MPA vs MPH
  • Potential solutions for improving sensors and connectivity for the airborne ASW community

Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad, Commander Patrol & Reconnaissance Group, US Navy

12:00 -

Update on the UK’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft programme

  • The requirement
  • The UK programme
  • Progress to date

Air Commodore Ian Gale, Senior Responsible Owner for C4ISR Programmes, Royal Air Force

12:30 -

Keeping legacy systems communicating with modern sensors

  • Utilising the Dauphin and its operators for increased probability of detection
  • Unique challenges of working in the Gulf
  • Next generation plans for Saudi Naval Aviation

Air Commodore Khaled Aljuhani, Head of Supply Wing for Aviation Group, Saudi Armed Forces

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


Unmanned technology is high on the list of priorities for those looking at Naval capabilities, but full operational dependency is beyond the reach of many aspiring to effectively hunt and track submarines. Thought must be given to the maturity of these systems and how they are prepared for underwater warfare; are they fully protected from attack by adversaries, are they evolved and ready for combat?

14:00 -

Hardening autonomous combat vehicles against adversaries

  • Technology to overcome enemy interference
  • Feedback from flight operations and classification
  • Look to future requirements and calls for research

Colonel Assoc Prof PhD Slawomir Augustyn, Chief of Staff, Polish Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies (I3TO)

14:30 -

Future of ASW Maritime Aviation; role of UAVs/MPAs in future ASW

  • How new technology will fit in the RN ASW role
  • Integrating technology across different platforms
  • Future considerations of underwater ASW

Lieutenant Commander Aidan Riley, Merlin Capability Manager, Royal Navy

15:00 -

Chairman’s summary

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE MA FRAeS RN (Retd), Former Assistance Director Carrier Strike & Aviation, Royal Navy

Maximising MCM Capabilities

With mine detection assets from many Fleets reaching the end of their service life, there has been a push to upgrade mine countermeasure (MCM) capabilities such as sonar, diving and unmanned vehicles. The challenge for capability managers is to establish whether specialist vessels or offboard systems are the best option for Navies looking to focus their efforts on acquiring and sustaining effective MCM.

Power projection missions are increasingly being challenged by a range of anti-access and area denial strategies including the use of mines. It is for this reason and the type of current operations that MCM vessels are the workhorse of the modern Navy. The MCM focus day will examine the implications for MCM and look at what tactics and technology can offer in wresting the initiative away from the defending force.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Commodore (Retd) David Burton, Strategy Director, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation


In spite of autonomous developments surface ships remain the stalwart of effective MCM, but this comes at a heavy price due to the specialist materials required to mitigate magnetic signature. With several countries requiring imminent solutions to the next generation of MCM vessels questions are being asked about multi mission versus dedicated platforms, and this session will explore some of the options available.

09:30 -

MHC Programme (Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability)

  • Delivering the MHC assessment phase
  • Exploiting autonomous technology – opportunities and challenges
  • Technology demonstrator programmes

Commander Mark Savage OBE, Maritime Capability – Minor War Vessels, Royal Navy

Alex du Pré, Team Leader Mine Countermeasure and Hydrographic Capability, UK MoD DE&S Ships

10:00 -

AQS-24B Mine Hunting Synthetic Aperture Sonar

  • High resolution side scan sonar for real time detection at high coverage rates
  • Improvements allowing systems to maintain effectiveness against evolving threats
  • Examples of positive finds from recent from manned and unmanned operations

Daniel Pressler,, Mine Warfare Project Manager, Northrop Grumman

10:30 -

MCM Operations for 4th Flotilla and its continual role on contingency operations

  • Predicted mine stocks in current operating environments
  • Key issues identified from recent deployments
  • Opportunities for sonar improvements in future platform development

Captain Fredrik Palmquist, Commander 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla, Swedish Navy

11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) offer a compelling method of disarming/destroying mines covertly and at low risk to human life. Hardware development is well established and the struggle now lies with integrating, powering and connecting internal software. This session looks at the current realities of UUVs, their utility and at what technical solutions may exist to overcome some of the major challenges.

11:30 -

Developments and overview of CMRE’s Autonomous Naval MCM (ANMCM) Programme

  • The use of simultaneous multiple vehicles in the water to accelerate MCM timeline
  • Distributed autonomous intelligent sensing and actuating networks as future drivers
  • The role of international S&T organisations in driving consensus

Dr Samantha Dugelay, Project Manager for Collaborative Autonomous MCM, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation


Future MCM operations using unmanned maritime systems (UMS)

  • Transforming mine hunting and mine sweeping using UMS
  • Collaborative MCM operational concepts with UMS and MCMVs
  • Expanding the mission set of offboard systems for MCM Fleets

Dave Berry, Sales & Product Manager MCM, Atlas Elektronik UK

12:30 -

Hell Bay 4 demonstrations in Unmanned Warrior

  • World first: 10 air, UW & surface vehicles operating simultaneously to prosecute MCM
  • Demonstration results, their significance and the respective multinational contributions
  • Impact of Maritime Autonomy Framework, including integrated C2 using ACER MCM C2

Phil Brown, Principle Scientist, UK MoD DSTL

Bill Biggs, Autonomy – Campaign Leader, QinetiQ

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


The drive to achieve deep water survey capabilities using off board systems is boosting interest and investment in increasingly sophisticated sonar technology. As Fleets align themselves to overcome increasing military activity in the underwater arena the long term strategy for improved hydrography, sonar and detection must be discussed.

14:00 -

Operating unmanned vehicles in austere military missions

  • Using Teledyne Marine UUVs to overcome problems associated with heat, ice, and depth
  • System sensor packages for observation and intervention
  • Next generation modifications being considered for UUV platforms

Sean Newsome, Business Development – Middle East, Teledyne Marine

14:30 -

Changing perceptions in Underwater Defence & Security: The march of technology

  • Technical and processing developments that are shaping the underwater revolution
  • Lower costs and unmanned systems
  • What opportunities there are for industry

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord 2013-2016, Consultant, Liquid Robotics

15:00 -

FUSION: Next generation multifunction underwater vehicle

  • Improving operational efficiency with intuitive hybrid (AUV/ROV/DIVER) design
  • Augmented capability through forward looking development practices
  • Enhanced sensor feedback, automation control and data management

Jesse Rodocker, President, Strategic Robotic Systems

15:30 -

Chairman’s Summary

Commodore (Retd) David Burton, Strategy Director, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation



Recent technological developments have increased the options for conducting Underwater Defence & Security operations using remotely controlled or autonomous vehicles. As military budgets struggle to deliver the full range of capabilities needed using conventional, manned platforms there is increasing pressure to find less costly and more effective solutions; unmanned systems may assist in this quest.

Underwater Defence & Security 2017 will analyse the opportunities being presented by the introduction of unmanned systems in the ASW, submarine warfare, ISR, MCM and Underwater Security environments and examine the conceptual challenges which they potentially pose.

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy


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.

09:00 -

Experiences from Command: Creating a unified approach to Underwater Defence & Security

  • Current threats and the future of the underwater environment
  • The strategic importance of the underwater battlefield
  • Specialist and flexible platforms to meet a variety of challenges

Vice Admiral James Foggo, Chief of Naval Staff, US Navy

09:30 -

Managing the transition to Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) in the underwater domain

  • Overcoming the challenges of Integrating MAS into maritime force structures
  • Exploiting unmanned/autonomous systems in congested/contested environments
  • Capitalising on MAS potential through the evolution of sensor technologies

Stuart Robinson, Business Development Director Underwater Systems, Thales

10:00 -

A26- Swedish next generation AIP submarine

  • Design drivers for Swedish submarines; how littoral seas affect key design parameters
  • Programme timeline, challenges and solutions
  • A brief overview of the A26-submarine

Dr Fredrik Hellström, A26 Project Manager, FMV

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


A proliferation of underwater threats highlights the requirement for an increased focus on security and self- defence capabilities for UW, surface and air platforms. Some new programmes are phasing out organic ASW capabilities completely in favour of off board air/Ux sensors. This session will consider the contribution of new technology, its integration and fusion with current systems.

11:15 -

Interchangeable and fast solutions for SF operations in littoral operations

  • Broadening the Diver Delivery Unit mission set to deliver capacity to support units
  • Scope of Autumn 2016 wet trials and implications for UDS operation
  • Looking beyond 2017 integration into fast response Fleets: Scope for increasing capabilities

Bill Barfoot, Specialist Advisor, Subsea Craft

11:45 -

Meeting current & future challenges in littoral ASW with lightweight torpedoes (TS47)

  • Overcoming Baltic ASW operating conditions, cost efficiencies and requirement harmonization
  • Critical success factors including national UW strategy and a torpedo system development
  • Key functionalities for TS47 in order to meet the Baltic Sea conditions

Lieutenant Magnus Lind, Project Manager New Lightweight Torpedo System (NLT/TS47), FMV

Anders Svensson, Product Manager Torpedo System, FMV

12:15 -

The way forward for sensors and effectors in torpedo defence

  • Sensor concepts for optimal torpedo detection
  • Challenges in torpedo defence
  • Modern torpedo countermeasures

Thorsten Bochentin, Director Business Development Underwater Warfare, Atlas Elektronik

Sascha Wuerker, Product Manager Anti-Submarine Warfare, Atlas Elektronik

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

sponsored by:


With increasing scrutiny of Naval investments, there is a developing trend towards remote controlled, networked and robotic technology. Autonomy has the potential to revolutionise the underwater warfare arena however with limited policy, regulations and user experience there is a challenge to integrate these systems into legacy procedures.

14:15 -

UNMANNED WARRIOR and its impact on the future of UDS

  • Current threats shaping NATO requirements to protect its allies
  • Aims of the exercise including reducing the need of manned requirements within operations
  • Lessons to help ensure effective collaboration for development of capability disparities

Commander Pete Pipkin, Fleet Robotics Officer and Unmanned Warrior Commander, Royal Navy

14:45 -

Sea Wasp: The answer to underwater IED disposal

  • The top issues in ensuring connectivity between platforms, and current solutions
  • Testing and evaluation results from Sea Wasp trials
  • Plans for increasing the spectrum of operations

Commander Chris Lade RN (Retd),, Defence Sales Manager, Saab

15:15 -

Promoting UV capability through experimentation with legacy systems

  • Collaborating the data from unmanned systems currently in service
  • Modifying serving Ux platforms to limit disruption to operating procedures
  • Paving the way for industry to introduce more innovative technologies

Commander Eric van Pabst, Head of Underwater Warfare Technology, Netherlands Defence Material Organisation

15:45 -

Coffee and networking


The Underwater Defence & Security surface and subsurface community face a common threat that impacts all platforms: mines. These inexpensive, easily manufactured and easily laid devices can and do wreak havoc on Fleets. Yet there is a frightening lack of intelligence around their locations and usage. Countermeasures are time consuming and dangerous, and this session will examine some of the key issues to counter the mine threat.

16:15 -

Integrating robotic systems into a multitude of UDS tasks

  • Current legacy MCM systems in need of review
  • Versatility of robotic innovations particularly in both mine and submarine detection
  • Integrating acute sensors to further improve remote controlled capabilities

Vice Admiral Christian Canova, Former Deputy Commander, Allied Maritime Command NATO

Marc Pinto, Former Head of MCM research group, NATO CMRE

16:45 -

Future Naval Mine Warfare Capability requirements for the German Navy

  • Roadmap to the 2017 decision for 2025 capabilities
  • Planned integration with Naval allies
  • Considerations for the use of next generation MCM ships/equipment

Commander Stefan Rings, Staff Officer Naval Mine Warfare, German Navy

17:15 -

USV underwater warfare: Challenges and solutions

  • From surface security missions USV to underwater missions
  • Deploying underwater sensors from an unmanned vessel and the limits of autonomy
  • Photos and videos from ASW/MCM tests and training missions

Commander (Retd) Amir Alon, Marketing Director Naval Systems Business Line, Elbit Systems ISTAR

17:45 -

Enabling timely innovations in MCM signature reduction technology

  • The transition to autonomous MCM capability and its effect on materials used
  • Different operational requirements and impact on research
  • The role of industry in the development and delivery of MCM EM systems

Jim Pederson, Head of Ships Electro-Magnetic Signature Reduction Team,Canadian Directorate of Naval Platform Systems

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy

18:05 -

Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

Hosted by:

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy


All those that play a part in Underwater Defence & Security face some common issues; power supply, remaining undetected and resupply being just a few. To really create synergy in Fleets effective communicationn is required so assets can be cued onto increasingly quiet targets. This session looks at the role of fusing this information for complete situational awareness.

09:00 -

Study results of maritime unmanned systems in the ASW Domain

  • Developing doctrine and concepts in line with technological developments
  • Modular implementation of unmanned systems into NATO tactics & other communication protocols
  • Next steps for ensuring a smooth and safe transition to autonomous/unmanned operations

Commander Gwenegan Le Bourhis, Transformation Branch, NATO Combined Joint Operations from the Sea COE

09:30 -

Maximising information sharing via multi-functional towed array

  • How the system needs changing to ensure it can pinpoint modern threats
  • Testing facilities for improved developments and planned live trials
  • Partnership programs for increased knowledge sharing

Rear Admiral (Retd) Nevin Carr USN, Vice President - Navy Strategic Account Executive, Leidos

10:00 -

Research and Development on Networked Multistatic MUS for ASW

  • The potential value of Maritime Unmanned Systems for ASW
  • Update on CMRE’s results for Underwater Unmanned Multistatic Networks
  • Engaging with the operational community and industry to develop requirements and solutions

Dr Kevin LePage, Principle Scientist ASW Program Manager, NATO CMRE

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Whether operating from land or sea, airborne assets are a significant boost to the ASW capability of a Fleet. Recent incursions into exclusive economic zones have highlighted the need for international co-operation, and this session will identify what factors can aid in maximising the abilities of airborne ASW.

11:15 -

Plans for off-board autonomous sensing networks for ASW

  • Potential of air networks combined with surface pictures to augment ASW capability
  • ASW research plans at the Chilean Navy
  • Results and lessons learned from participation in recent ASW exercises

Captain Claudio Carrasco, Chief of Staff Naval Aviation, Chilean Navy

11:45 -

Modelling and simulation: The key to unlocking multistatic capabilities

  • Pervasive hurdles in developing a mature multistatic acoustic capability
  • Prediction and planning as the key link to synchronization of tech and capability
  • Moving forward with the end user

Steven Murphy, Senior Systems Engineer, Saab

12:15 -

Ensuring precision and range for protection of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier

  • Peak C2 interoperability within a multi static network
  • Fusing data across sensors such as sonobuoys and surface ships to optimise detection
  • A look forward to contingency operations and how best to prepare the Fleet

Lieutenant Commander Ian Varley, Deputy Force Commander Merlin, Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Ashley Smith, Merlin Force Aviation Warfare Officer, Royal Navy

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


As the complexity and frequency of subsurface programmes increase, innovative solutions are required to keep the ASW 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 the next generation of UDS.

13:45 -

A coherent approach to enhancement of ASW for the Royal Thai Navy

  • Current capabilities of ASW in the Royal Thai Navy
  • Feedback from ASW exercise with other navies
  • Future requirement for ASW capabilities

Commander Narunat Panckam, Staff Officer to Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Fleet

14:15 -

Panel discussion: Step changes required to achieve Underwater Defence & Security in the 2020s

  • Doctrinal guidance vs equipment availability when considering the capabilities of surface ASW
  • Optimising sonar and enabling ASW persistence through platform agility
  • The challenge of delivering and sustaining ASW suitably qualified and experienced personnel

15:15 -

Chairman's summary and close of main conference

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy