Past event: Offshore Patrol Vessels International Conference

Defining a future role for the OPV

The International Offshore Patrol Vessel conference will be hosted by the Spanish Navy in 2019.

With the EU NAVFOR Headquarters moving from the UK to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz Spain, the conference will provide a timely opportunity to engage with senior officers involved in this mission as well as see the expertise of the conference's industrial partner, Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz. In advancing these discussions, OPV International 2019 will acknowledge an increasingly complex maritime security environment; an environment which demands an updated assessment of the role of the OPV platform itself.

The need to understand potential roles of the OPV across the spectrum of conflict is growing in this increasingly complex environment. Should the OPV concept include adaptability and readiness to contribute to a high-intensity conflict scenario for example? Engaging in debate about where this type of platform sits within the broader constabulary and battle fleet is critical, if such concepts are to sustain their relevance and deliver robust capabilities for the future.

Join us in September 2019 as we work to maximise situational awareness, upgrade inherent baseline capability and deliver a continuous patrol function for the OPV.

Attend Offshore Patrol Vessels for your opportunity to:

  • Define a blueprint for future builds which will maximise deployability, survivability and endurance for OPV operations in the complex environment
  • Enable future deployed operations by better integrating and leveraging the advanced situational awareness and C2 capabilities of the OPV
  • Execute multiple mission sets by integrating modularity and adaptability from the design phase - without compromising on baseline capability
  • Approach continuous vessel operation and minimise downtime by implementing predictive approaches to sustainment, maintenance and support
  • Network the OPV with unmanned and manned airborne assets to increase the platform's ability to patrol beyond line of sight

"The event is very interesting and ther information given is very useful for my job, the whole of the event team were excellent and very professional"
Ship Design Director, Mexican Navy

"Very interesting, especially the parts on maritime security operations. It was a good opportunity to know the best defence companies."
Captain, Italian Navy

"Great event, very well organised, very precise and very productive"
Vice President, ST Engineering

2019 Chairman

  • Vice Admiral (Ret) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17), Spanish Navy

2019 Speakers

  • Admiral Teodoro Calderon, Chief of Staff, Spanish Navy
  • Admiral Jose Antonio Sierra Rodriguez, Director of Naval Construction, Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR)
  • Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell, Operation Commander, European Union Naval Forces Somalia
  • Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu PhD, Chief of Naval Staff​​, Romanian Naval Forces
  • Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund, Chief of Operations, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Sujeewa Perera, Commandant, Volunteer Naval Force, Sri Lanka Navy
  • Commodore Andy Jordan, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships) ,Royal Navy
  • Commodore Adelius Bordado, Commander, Naval Installations Command, Philippine Navy
  • Commodore Eric Adu, Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Ghana Navy
  • Captain (N) Mike Davanzo, Chief, Office of Cutter Forces, US Coast Guard
  • Captain (N) Manuel Aguirre Aldereguia, Head of Capability Definition Plans Section, Spanish Navy
  • Captain (N) Gabriel Brana Estevez, Chief, Engineering and Contruction Works, Ferrol Naval Base, Spanish Navy
  • Captain (N) Kunio Ogawa, Staff Officer, Plans and Programs Division, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force
  • Captain (N) Gabriele Catapano, Head of Surface Ships Design Office, Italian Navy General Staff
  • Captain (N) Francesco Iavazzo, Chief, Strategy and Operations Office, Italian Navy General Staff
  • Captain (N) Nuno Bulcao Sarmento, Head of the Plans and Policy Division, Portuguese Navy
  • Captain (N) Albert Badou, Chief of Staff, Benin Navy
  • Captain (N) Charles Bamele, Operational Coordination Director, Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea, Office of the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
  • Commander Volkrad Kaphengst, Senior Systems Engineer, Integrated Project Teams, Germany Navy
  • Confirmed Rear Admiral, -, Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Confirmed Commodore, -, Bangladesh Armed Forces
  • Confirmed Senior Official, -, Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces
Conference Day One - 24 September 2019

Conference Day Two
- 25 September 2019

Site Visit - 26 September 2019

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Parador de Cadiz
Avda. Duque de Najera, 9 11002
Cadiz, Spain


Parador de Cadiz
Avda. Duque de Najera,
Cadiz 9 11002
Phone: +34 956 22 69 05

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee.

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 : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20463