Surface Warships Conference

London, United Kingdom

Developing the Future Surface Combatant for an Information-Dominated Battlespace

The surface warships conference has become established as the premier meeting ground for the higher naval commands of the nato alliance and partner states, attracting over 150 senior officials including navy commanders, directors of materiel, heads of strategic programs, capability planners, shipyard directors, as well as leading solution providers.

Over the course of 3 days, the event will address the themes now, tomorrow, and the future, focusing on operational requirements for current operations, anticipated platform modernisation, and integration of disruptive technologies for future surface warships.

The conference will allow the exchange of knowledge in the field of ship design, construction, and operations across the entire spectrum of surface warships - identifying solutions for modernising capabilities and enhancing interoperability to maintain maritime superiority against near-peer opponents and asymmetric threats.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Enhance your understanding of ship design priorities to retain maritime superiority against near-peer opponents
  • Upgrade operational versatility and multi-mission modularity to face the full spectrum of threats in the future operating environment
  • Improve battlespace awareness by meeting leading solution providers of combat management systems, mission planning software, and sensor systems
  • Inform your organisation of national shipbuilding strategies and modernisation requirements of NATO Navies to formulate winning business proposals
  • Upgrade unit lethality and increase offensive power by learning about advancements in air defence, ASW, and surface-to-surface missile systems

"Excellent opportunity to focus on one of the most important maritime aspects."
Italian Navy

"Very valuable as a networking event"
Director, Strategic Programs, DRS Power Technology, Inc.

"I thought the quality of the speakers was excellent and the way they were grouped together created a lot of synergy. I have been to 3 Surface Warships events it is an outstanding opportunity to interact with counterparts from a wide range of navies and industry."
Programme Manager, US Navy

Meet the Speakers

Conference Chairman

  • Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE, Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Royal Navy

2019 Speaker Faculty

  • Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy
  • Vice Admiral James Malloy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), US Navy
  • Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
  • Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, Commander, MARCOM
  • Vice Admiral William Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, US Navy
  • Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Commander Joint Operational Command, Italian Ministry of Defence
  • Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, Fleet Commander, Portuguese Navy
  • Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Commander, Romanian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Evelio Enrique Ramirez Gafaro, Chief of Naval Operations, Colombian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, US Navy
  • Vice Admiral Manuel Antonio Martinez Ruiz, Deputy for Engineering and Naval Shipbuilding, Spanish Navy
  • Rear Admiral Paul Halton, Commander Maritime Operations, Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Jerry Kyd, Incoming Commander Maritime Forces, Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund, Chief of Operations, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Oscar Alejandro Torrico Infantas, Head of Welfare, and Former Commander Naval Component of Combined Forces (CFMCC), Peruvian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jerzy Jaworski, Commander Maritime Operations Centre, Polish Operational Command
  • Rear Admiral David Burden, Director General of Materiel, Argentine Navy
  • Rear Admiral Francois Moreau, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff for Plans and Programmes, French Navy
  • Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy
  • Major General Charles Stickland, Commander, EUNAVFOR Somalia
  • Incoming Rear Admiral, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy), Royal Navy
  • Admiral (Ret'd) Chen Yeong-Kang, Director, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science
  • Rear Admiral Nils Wang, Director, Naval Team Denmark
  • Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Maritime Component
  • Captain Fredrik Palmquist, Commander 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla, Swedish Navy
  • Captain Giuseppe Scorsone, Naval Armaments Directorate, Italian Navy
  • Captain Shane Craig, Naval Advisor, Australian High Commission
  • Commander Andreas Uhl, SME Maritime Integrated Air & Missile Defence, German Navy
  • Kees Posthumus, Head, Office for Marine Engineering, Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation
    Laurent Sellier, Director Management Unit Naval Armament Operations, French Ministry of Defence DGA
    Confirmed Representative, Representing Operations Commander , EU NAVFOR Mediterranean
Conference Day One - 29 January, 2018

Conference Day Two - 30 January, 2018

Conference Day Three
- 31 January, 2018


Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Scarsdale Place, Kensington London W8 5SY
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7937 7211

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Surface Warships 2019. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

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.
Event details
Organizer : Defence IQ
Venue : Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-19050