Past event: Surface, Air and Seabed Warfare Conference

Warships at the Centre of Innovation: Projecting Naval Power Across Domains

Transiting Capability Gaps with Technological Solutions: Meeting the Requirements of Tomorrow's Navies

The Surface, Air and Seabed Warfare (SASW) conference, will focus on how warships, as a platform, can be augmented by technology and operate as a key asset across the multi-domain battlespace. Considering evolving threats, with the increasing potential of higher intensity conflict, as well as contemporary challenges like the threat of autonomous systems, hypersonic capabilities, and securing critical undersea infrastructure.

Highlighting: how to address leaps in technological development; increasing endurance and survivability in highly contested environments; lean-manning concepts alongside Manned-Unmanned Teaming; as well as evolving threats, projecting naval capability across domains. With the naval vessel market size estimated to grow to $206.43 billion by 2029, SASW 2024 will provide a valuable forum for those with a stake in how future warships will develop to meet the challenge.

Topics Include:

  • Empowering innovation for practical integration into the fleet
  • Vessel Survivability in highly contested battlespaces
  • Manned-unmanned teaming and uncrewed systems
  • Evolving challenges, such as protecting Critical Undersea Infrastructure
  • The next generation of naval platforms
  • Projecting naval capability across domains
  • Availability and endurance to meet mission requirements

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn how innovation and technological integration is being empowered by leading Navies, engaging with the problem sourcers and defining their requirements, facilitating industry solutions for the lifecycle of the next-generation of platforms.
  • Examine real case studies on the appropriate integration of uncrewed systems in the maritime space, how they can augment the fleet and how navies are pioneering there use alongside industry partners, delivering greater mass for increasingly lean-crewed forces around the globe.
  • Understand how naval platforms are projecting capability across domains, seeing how technology can enhance their reach, providing greater security at surface, air and seabed levels of operations, accounting for the evolving threat landscape.
  • Engage with discussions around survivability, armour, defensive measures and length of deployment; focusing on how large surface combatants must adapt to meet the challenge of contemporary higher intensity conflict, whilst meeting the requirements of the navy anywhere at sea.
  • Interact directly with senior decision makers dedicated to maximising the force structure of tomorrow’s navies, whilst putting this into context alongside specialists in naval technology and R&D, with the common goal of advancing the system of systems in warship design, in a dedicated and intimate forum.

SASW Chairman

  • Rear Admiral (Retd) Alex Burton, Former Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships, ASW Conference Chair

SASW Speakers

  • Admiral Daryl L. Caudle, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, US Navy
  • Admiral Juan Andres de la Maza Larrain, Commander-in-chief, Chilean Navy (Subject to final confirmation)
  • Vice Admiral Nuno Chaves Ferreira, Fleet Commander, Portuguese Navy
  • Vice Admiral James Pitts, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations - Warfighting Requirements & Capabilities, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral Eric Lavault, Head of Seabed Control, French Navy
  • Rear Admiral James Parkin, Director Develop, Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Henrik Ryberg, Admiral Danish Fleet, Royal Danish Navy Command
  • Commodore Steve Bolton, Deputy Director Aviation Programmes and Futures, Royal Navy
  • Commodore F.J.G. Lenssen, Director of Operations, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Brigadier General C.J.J. Schellens, Programme Director North Sea, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Captain Isidro Carrara Navas, Head of Capacities Definition Plans Section, Spanish Navy
  • Captain Jon Wikingsson, Head of Strategy Department, Naval Division, FMV - Swedish MoD
  • Jon Reed-Beviere, Programme Director - Mine Hunting Capability Programme, Royal Navy
  • Commander Dan Weil, UK Director, London Tech Bridge - NavalX
  • Senior Representative, NavalX, US Navy

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Portsmouth Marriot Hotel
Southampton Road, PO6 4SH
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)23-9238 3151

Group Rate: £152.00 per night, including VAT and Breakfast

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on the reservation link below. We have reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability;

Book your group rate for Surface Air and Seabed

Cut-off date: Monday, 27th May 2024 (After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.)
Event details
Organizer : Defence IQ
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24869