Past event: Surface Warships 2021 Virtual Conference

Surface Warships 2021: Agile and Lethal Naval Capability for the Future Fight

The Surface Warships conference will be taking place from 19-21 January online and will welcome senior Naval and Industry leaders, including 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, it has established itself as the premier event for the maritime community.

The 2021 conference will continue the discussion on the opportunities of digitisation and the peculiarities of maritime power projection in an information-dominated battlefield. We are seeing a return to great power competition, the rise of global information systems, spectacular technological advances and the growing rate of asymmetric engagement. The Pandemic has accelerated many of these trends and posed a great challenge to the resilience of national maritime capabilities. It is time to renew the competitive edge to fight and win at sea.

Over the course of 3 days, the Surface Warships Conference will address modernisation and acquisition, innovation, and operations across the spectrum of surface combatants. The conference days will be split across Future Operations, Future Technologies and Future Force Structures. Running on a secure digital platform, the event will feature closed roundtables and facilitate one-to-one meetings with leading stakeholders, enabling new partnerships and exclusive networking opportunities. Using advanced algorithms, the conference will connect the user with the vendor depending on unique procurement objectives.

The premier meeting ground for the Surface Fleet community

  • 30+ Speakers
  • 50+ Nations   
  • 10+ Networking Hours
  • 150+ Attendees

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

Who Attends

As Surface Warships returns for it's 11th annual conference, we welcome over 150 officials for high-level and tailored conversations surrounding future capability development for an information-centric operating environment, focusing on the nature of Future Operations, the required Future Technologies, and the makeup of the Future Force Structure.

This prestigious meeting ground welcomes higher naval commands of the NATO alliance and partner states, as well as attracting senior officials including navy commanders, directors of materiel, heads of strategic programs, capability planners, shipyard directors, as well as leading solution providers.

"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

Conference Chairman

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

2021 Speaker Faculty

  • Admiral Anthony D. Radakin CB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff,Royal Navy
  • Admiral Luis Orozco Inclán, Chief of the General Staff, Mexican Navy
  • Vice Admiral Eugene H. "Gene" Black, III, Commander, SIXTH Fleet/ Commander, Task Force SIX/ Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO/Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe, US Navy
  • Vice Admiral Christopher R.S. Gardner, Chief of Materiel (Ships), UK MoD
  • Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy
  • Vice Admiral Alberto Silvestre Correia, Commander,Portuguese Navy
  • Vice Admiral Manuel Antonio Martinez Ruiz, Director for Engineering and Naval Shipbuilding, Spanish Navy
  • Confirmed 3* Flag Officer, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition, Indian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Kiril Mihaylov, Commander, Bulgarian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, Admiral Danish Fleet, Royal Danish Navy
  • Rear Admiral Andy Burns OBE, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability), Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Simon Asquith OBE, Commander Maritime Operations (COMOPS),Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Jori Harju, Commander, Finnish Navy
  • Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum, Commander, Swedish Navy
  • Rear Admiral Christoph Mueller-Meinhard, Director Material, Command & Control Directorate, German Navy
  • Rear Admiral Oscar Darío Tascón Muñoz, PhD, CEO,COTECMAR
  • Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini, Operation Commander,EU NAVFOR Mediterranean
  • Rear Admiral Yusman bin Ostadi, Assistant Chief of Staff Communication, Warfare and Information Systems, Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Nils Wang, Director, Naval Team Denmark,Royal Danish Navy
  • Captain Rosario La Pira, Director of Training Support and Transformation, NMITOC
  • Rear Admiral Hüseyin TigliI, Head, Operational Capabilities Department, Turkish Navy
  • Confirmed Flag Officer, Representing Commander,Italian Navy
  • Captain Paul Mandziy, CSC, Naval Advisor, Royal Australian Navy
  • Mr. Marco Fani, Naval and Underwater Defence Systems Business Lead, Leonardo

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Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-22570