Past event: Surface Warships and OPV Asia Conference

Combatting the full spectrum of maritime threats

Surface Warships & Offshore Patrol Vessels Asia 2023

Coming shortly after the publication of the Republic of Korea new Indo-Pacific strategy, this unique forum brings together senior representatives from navies, coast guards, procurement agencies, academia, international partners and domestic industry, Surface Warships and OPV Asia will cover the full spectrum of threats faced and operations conducted. With one of the nine core lines of effort in the Indo-Pacific Strategy being ‘Expand Comprehensive Security Cooperation’ there is much to discuss. Within this context the conference will address two key themes: How can current platforms deliver more capability? And how can we adapt future platforms to meet the evolving requirements of the region?

The conference takes places over 3 days - 18-20 April. The first day is reserved for a site-visit to the HHI Shipyard in Busan. The 19-20 April, are reserved for the conference session; presentations and panel discussions hosted at the Ananti Hilton Busan

The premier meeting ground for the maritime community

  • 30+ Speakers
  • 15+ Nations   
  • 10+ Networking Hours
  • 100+ 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 regional Navies to formulate winning business proposals
  • Collaborate with allies on shared threats in the region and discuss how to improve interoperability between Asian nations and global partners

Conference Chairman

  • Admiral (Rtd) Choi Yoon-Hee, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , President of the Republic of Korea Sea Power League, Republic of Korea Sea Power League


  • Vice Admiral Kim Myung Soo, Commander ROK Fleet, Republic of Korean Navy
  • Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander, seventh Fleet, United States Navy
  • Vice Admiral Andrew J. Tiongson, Commander, Pacific Area Commander, Defense Force West, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Vice Admiral Tea Sokha, Deputy Commander, Royal Cambodian Navy
  • Jae-Hyeong Choe, Congressman, People Power Party
  • Director General Bang Guckcheol, Chief of Naval Ships Program Department, Defense Acquisition Program and Procurement
  • Senior Superintendent General Lee Myung Jun, Director General for Maritime Security, Korean Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Azuwan Harun, Assistant Chief of Staff Planning and Development, Malaysian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Enrique Luis Arnáez Braschi, Director of Naval Projects, Peruvian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Pujitha Vithana, Director General, Sri Lanka Coast Guard
  • Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad, Deputy Commander, Philippine Fleet, Philippine Navy
  • Commodore A K M Afzal Hossain, Naval Aviation (COMNAV), Bangladesh Navy
  • Professor Eun-Bang Lee, Maritime Safety and Security System, Department of Coast Guard Studies, National Korean Maritime and Oceans University
  • Commander Joshua Chisholm, COMNAVFOR Busan, United States Naval Forces Korea
  • Dr. JANG Won Joon, Defense analyst and research fellow, Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade
  • Senior Representative, Senior Representative, Korean Coast Guard

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Ananti Hilton Busan
268-32 Gijanghaean-ro,
Busan, Gijang-gun, South Korea

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on this link. We have reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability
Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23813