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Surface Warships Conference

29 January, 2018 - 1 February, 2018, London, United Kingdom

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Surface Warships is the world's premier international conference for all elements of the surface fleet community, including senior serving officers, technical experts and industry leaders

This major international event is now in its eigth year, and will be held in London between 29th January - 1st February.

This year's Surface Warships event will be extended to a 4 day conference, focussing on the modernisation of naval forces, looking at interoperability by design and how the global naval community can intergrate with one another. Along with sharing current programs and projects, take the opportunity attend our dedicated focus days on Naval Combat Systems and Naval Training and Simulation. These new additions to the Surface Warships programme provides the opportunity for you to engage in in-depth, discussions and briefings from global thought-leaders and practitioners in the Combat Systems and Training fields.

A thematic balance is struck between operational/strategic discussion, and the design and construction of the platforms themselves, their combat systems, communications and armaments.

Key themes this year will include:

  • The impact of a resurgent Russian Navy and an increasingly capable Chinese Navy on strategic priorities and platform design/procurement, and how this will affect your business or organisation
  • The quantity vs. quality debate: High-cost, high-capability vessels vs. larger numbers of lower-tech platforms, both as adversaries and as internal procurement options, and what this will mean for the future composition of your navy - or the requirements of your customers.
  • In-depth analysis on how the modernization and development of advanced Naval Combat Systems is further increasing the capability of existing and planned platforms and how this could enable you to modernize and upgrade existing platforms more expediently
  • Examination of concerns relating to ship design, in particular the need for area and near-peer denial vs. humanitarian considerations/disaster relief, and what this means for future platforms. We will examine the increasing need for a modular approach to ship design, in order to guarantee that your high-cost platform is also high-capability
  • Ensuring interoperability between high-end vessels in order to improve coordination and fighting ability, specifically focusing on NATO nations' modernisation and procurement efforts, in order to reduce the cost-burden to individual navies and ensure that allied vessels form a seamlessly integrated fighting force

Led by senior military and industry personnel, you will have the opportunity to gain both strategic and technical insight from naval leadership and subject matter experts, including information on long-term plans and goals, allowing you to define best practice and to understand how the application of the latest technologies will enable you to deliver greater effect as a naval force.


Hilton London Canary Wharf
South Quay Marsh Wall
London E14 9SH
United Kingdom
Phone: 44-203-002-2300

More information to follow...

Please note:

We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Naval Combat Systems Focus Day - 29th January

Conference Day One - 30th January

Conference Day Two - 31st January

Naval Training and Simulation Focus Day - 1st February

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2018 Speakers

  • Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang, Director, National Chung- Shen Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Former Deputy Minister of Defence and Chief, ROC Navy
  • Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Deputy Commander, Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
  • Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Commander-in-Chief, Romanian Naval Forces Staff
  • Henry Parker, Director Ships Acquisition, DE&S, UK MoD
  • Rear Admiral Ulrich Reineke, Chief of the German Navy’s Planning Division, German Navy
  • Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu, Chief of Naval Transformation, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Ganesh Navaratnam, Inspectorate General of RMN, Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Commodore Arsyad Abdullah, Commandant of Combat Task Group, Western Fleet Command, Indonesian Navy
  • Commodore Arne Groenningsaeter, DACOS C2DS, Allied Command Transformation
  • Michael Roberts, Director, Development and Integration Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS, NAVSEA
  • Captain Kevin Quarderer, Commanding Officer, US Naval Research
  • Captain Shane Craig, Deputy Commander Fleet Air Arm, Royal Australian Navy
  • Captain Fredrik Palmquist, Commander 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla, Swedish Navy
  • Captain Corrado Campana, Director of Transformation, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre
  • Commander Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, SCOMBA Program Manager, Spanish Navy
  • Commander Andreas Uhl, Department of Planning, Group Future Development, German Navy
  • Commander Fred Douglas, Ballistic Missile Defence SME, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Commander Antonio González del Tánago de la Lastra, Capabilities Requirements Branch, Plans & Policy Division, Spanish Navy
  • Commander Matteo Falzarano, 7th Department - SHIP Platform Design & Combat System, Italian Navy
  • Mr Andy Fawkes, Synthetic Training Advisor, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Khristian Kowalski, Chief of Naval Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
  • Marco Merlani, Regional Manager Europe; Defence Systems, Leonardo S.p.A.
  • Jayne Adamson, Principal Advisor Above Water Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory UK
  • Don McKay, Director of Sales and Marketing, Curtiss Wright
  • Marco Brogi, Capture e Development; Defence Systems, Leonardo S.p.A.


Event details

Defence IQ
29 January, 2018
1 February, 2018
Hilton London Canary Wharf
United Kingdom


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