23rd - 25th May 2017
Portsmouth, UK
Focus Day 23rd May 2017

Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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"Speed, multi-role, energy efficiency"

09:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee.
09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Former ACOS Operations and Capability, Royal Navy


This focus session enables the attendees to gain an understanding of current and future construction projects in relation to geographical and operational demands, whilst addressing efficiency factors associated with patrol vessels.

09:30 -

Situation update and critical requirements from Operation SOPHIA

  • Regional trends including piracy, counter-terrorism and other challenges
  • Coalition navies and the role of corvettes in their response to these threats
  • The way ahead for maximum stabilisation of littoral regions

Rear Admiral Gilles Hameau, Deputy Commander, EU Naval Forces Mediterranean Operation Sophia

10:00 -

EU Coast Guard Functions operations: opportunities and challenges

  • The impact of a EU Coast Guard on the Offshore Patrol & Surveillance market
  • The debate around leasing and which countries are benefiting from this concept
  • Specific upgrade opportunities that are negating the need for new purchases

Rear Admiral Georgios Vourekas, Head of Sea Border Sector, FRONTEX

10:30 -

Turkish Coast Guard current operations, challenges and projects

  • Acquisition plan for surface, air assets and other capabilities
  • Integrating cutting edge command and control systems into innovative new platforms
  • Effects of current and planned operations on future requirements

Commander Isa Aydin, Command Executive Assistant, Turkish Coast Guard

11:00 -
Lunch and Networking


The type of engines that can be used on vessels monitoring coastal waters is a difficult issue. Whilst patrol and loitering speeds give optimum fuel conservation, there remains a need for high top speeds for interdiction and searches. This will analyse the options available and plans for increasing energy innovations on new platforms.

11:30 -

Optimum hull shapes under consideration for Polish patrol vessels

  • Trials and development that led to current proposals
  • Unique aspects of ice pack operations affecting engine requirements
  • Specific areas that will impact future Naval requirements

Captain Krzysztof Zdonek, Head of Armament Division, Polish Navy

12:00 -

Integration of engine monitoring systems for optimum performance

  • The efficient OPV – integrated automation, power supply and propulsion
  • Modular OPV – key to changing operation profiles in different threat scenarios
  • Mission modular OPV – key to successful adaption to a variety of missions

Simon Riddle, Sales Director Electrical & Automation, Wartsila

12:30 -
Lunch and Networking


Each unit involved in controlling an EEZ will have an array of assets that can significantly boost their capability. Whether in the air, on the surface, or underwater the acquisition, training, logistics and costs need to be carefully analysed before being deployed by a Fleet. This session will hear some of the proposed solutions, and difficulties faced when attempting to incorporate them into Fleets.

13:30 -

Experience and challenges of procuring navigation equipment for the Royal Norwegian Navy

  • Implementing civilian type approved equipment on a military unit
  • Commercial off the shelf equipment solving military requirements
  • Specific requirements for military navigation

Commander Stein Egil Iversen, Leader Procurement Office,Royal Norwegian Navy

14:00 -

Enabling small boat operations as an integral part of offshore response

  • Why choose small boat operations over multi mission frigates
  • Constraints of deployment of small boat operations and how these are being overcome
  • Plans for increasing the range of small boats in line with the protective envelope of the mothership

Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Jeremiah Rogers, Air and Marine Operations,US Customs and Border Protection

14:30 -

Force multipliers for arctic operations

  • Air assets and mission flexibility: law enforcement, replenishment, medical evacuation and SAR
  • Continuous surveillance options in use and under consideration
  • How units are trying to achieve fully unmanned/autonomous assistance

Lieutenant Commander Frank Edlefsen, Commanding Officer HDMS EJNAR MIKKELSEN,Danish Navy

15:00 -
Chairman’s Summary and close of focus day

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Capability, Royal Navy

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Capability, Royal Navy


The geographical distance and array of tasks carried out by units involved in Offshore Patrol & Surveillance are expanding significantly. One patrol can detect, interdict and exploit multiple acts of illegality in a single mission. The conference will open with a look at the factors a force must consider if it is to equip itself effectively to tackle a wide spectrum of activity.

09:00 -

Global strategic trends and future operating environment

  • Background to the requirements of increasing the organic surveillance envelope
  • Implications for the future maritime operating concept
  • Future scope outside of Naval arena

Commodore Mike Wainhouse, Head of Futures and Strategy, Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Royal Navy

09:30 -

EEZ surveillance using COTS assets

  • Detection, classification and identification of small vessel intrusion via integration of sensors
  • Optimal platforms to carry ISR sensors
  • ISR on demand

George DeCock, SCAR-pod & ISR sensors, Airborne Technologies

10:00 -

Enabling Offshore Patrol & Surveillance in post-conflict countries

  • Current working environment in Somalia and Libya
  • How Offshore Patrol & Surveillance units are best being deployed
  • Plans for developing capabilities to enable optimum capabilities

Captain Fredrik Lindblom (Swedish Coast Guard), Maritime Security Expert, European External Action Service

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Satellite technology is moving from becoming a military/SAR asset to the definitive tool in the arsenal of Offshore Patrol & Surveillance assets. Persistent surveillance cross checked with recognised maritime pictures can be a highly accurate indicator of maritime users engaged in illegal acts. This session will reveal the role of sensors, data and satellites in achieving effective Offshore Patrol & Surveillance.

11:15 -

Integrating satellite use on Turkish OPVs

  • Vessel identification systems and other issues monitored by current systems
  • Solutions being considered for future development
  • Multiagency approach to ensuring appropriate and effective levels of assistance

Müjdat Uludağ, Head of Department, Naval Platforms, Turkish SSM

11:45 -

Real time sensor and data sharing for Offshore Patrol & Surveillance operations

  • Maritime broadband radio; a game changer for real time communications
  • Resolving the "3D communications" challenge
  • Operational experience from Offshore Patrol & Surveillance operations in Norwegian and international waters

Lieutenant Commander Vegard Haugen RNN (Retd), Area Sales Manager Americas, Kongsberg Seatex AS

12:15 -

European Copernicus program and impact on Offshore Patrol & Surveillance

  • From space technology to user friendly data
  • Invite for further unit collaboration
  • 5 year plan to increase surveillance capabilities

Nicolae Mitu, Policy Officer, EU Copernicus Program

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


A plethora of sources, from land, sea, air and space are collating vast quantities of data. Many units find their ability to react to this information hampered when the distance from ‘source’ to ‘interpreter’ is too far, the ‘answer’ being given is unclear and when resources are drained to analyse and interpret data. This is unsustainable, and here we will review what works, and what doesn’t, in order to maximise the usefulness of information being collected.

14:15 –

European Maritime Safety Agency ensuring land/sea agency compatibility

  • Current coastal surveillance projects and how these are informing recognised maritime pictures
  • Which land based projects are boosting the abilities of surveillance and operational units
  • Developing the ability to synchronise both sets of information

Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency

14:45 –

Delivering wide area maritime surveillance to overcome the challenge of small targets

  • From people in the water to small fast boats – the challenge of small targets
  • The technological advantage - ViDAR: Visual Detection and Ranging
  • Practical applications: Search and Rescue, Counter Narcotics, Counter Piracy

Simon Olsen, Director Business Development, Partners and Strategy, Sentient

15:15 -

Critical technology and training enabling interdiction for Offshore Patrol & Surveillance units

  • Application of innovative sensors and IT capabilities for maritime interdiction
  • Future maritime drivers: Autonomous intelligent sensing and actuating networks (CUAxS)
  • The role of NMIOTC in support of S&T organisation as hub for research and doctrine development

Captain Corrado Campana, Director of Training Support and Transformation, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center

15:45 –
Afternoon Tea and Networking


The need for effective control along the littoral is particularly prevalent as the recent IS attack on an Egyptian Navy ship, and a blue-on-blue incident between two Navies confirm. The amalgamation of UK SAR and MCA is a great example of the synergy created by effective integration of maritime stakeholders, and this session will explore some of the implications for other nations.

16:30 –

Providing effective industrial support in a challenging economic environment

  • Common challenges for industry and navies, and appropriate measures to mitigate the concerns
  • Recent affordable solutions designed to provide mission winning capabilities
  • Delivering on time and within budget

Horst Oltmanns, Chief Representative, ABEKING & RASMUSSEN

17:00 –

Panel Discussion: Key drivers for achieving littoral control via an integrated land/sea approach

  • Coastguard perspective in line with increased legislative control and responsibilities
  • Naval resources balancing combat power vs domestic versatility
  • Border force requirements and discussions for further collaboration

Captain Fredrik Lindblom (Swedish Coast Guard), Maritime Security Expert, European External Action Service

Mark Blackwell, Senior Manager Maritime, Aviation & Military Intervention Cell, National Crime Agency

Captain Corrado Campana, Director of Training Support and Transformation, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center

17:45 –

Pre drinks reception address

Kristian Tornivaara, VP, Comprehensive Navy Combat Survivability Assessment, Surma

18:00 –

Chairman’s Summary

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Capability, Royal Navy

18:10 –
Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

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08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s Opening Remarks


As the threats to offshore targets develop so does the need to ensure monitoring, identification, and interdiction of suspicious activity is constant. Protection is a layered effort of public and private technology from land and at sea, and this session will review some of this technology and how it is being matched with current requirements.

09:00 -

From the Tropics to Antarctica: The NZ OPV Experience

  • Range of climates patrolled in recent years by NZ OPVs
  • Considerations for construction of a 3rd OPV optimised for cold weather operations
  • Lessons learned and potential design drivers for the 3rd OPV

Commander Phil Bradshaw, Director Naval Engineering, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

09:30 -

The role of the Royal Norwegian Navy and eLoran in ensuring Arctic coverage

  • Maximising accuracy of recognised maritime picture via automatic identification systems
  • Impact of increased arctic threats on Offshore Patrol & Surveillance units
  • Challenges related to arctic offshore operations due to changing conditions in the north

Commander SG Steinar Nyhamn, Leader Navigation Centre, Royal Norwegian Navy

10:00 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Dominating the maritime environment is not just a surface vessel responsibility. MPAs and rotary wing aircraft play a major part in covering large areas quickly, detecting submerged threats and assisting in targeting and reconnaissance for any vessel or task force.

10:45 -

The potential of helicopters to aid force commanders

  • Introduction of the New Wildcat HMA Mk 2 capabilities
  • Relevance to offshore patrol and surveillance operations from the first RN deployments
  • Impact on future maritime capability

Lieutenant Commander Phil Barron, Senior Observer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy

11:15 -

Helicopter integration on vessels

  • Change of tasks & requirements
  • Equipment for helicopter integration
  • All electric helicopter traversing system

Jörg Heithus, Senior Sales Manager, Aljo

11:45 -

Testing US helicopter over water capabilities

  • Roadmap to current requirements: Identifying the gaps whilst looking for solutions
  • The boost to Offshore Patrol & Surveillance capabilities provided by rotary surveillance
  • Cockpit and associated system improvements to boost response times

Chief Warrant Officer Four Brian Roush, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Master Gunner, US Army

Chief Warrant Officer Four Kevin Clark, 1-3 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion Standardization Officer, US Army

12:15 -
Lunch and Networking


Recent technological developments have increased the options to conduct Offshore Patrol & Surveillance operations using remotely controlled or autonomous vehicles. As Offshore Patrol & Surveillance units struggle to deliver the full range of capabilities needed using conventional, manned platforms, there is increasing pressure to find less costly and more effective solutions. Unmanned systems may assist in this quest.

13:15 -

Emerging concepts for unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)

  • Autonomous airborne surveillance operations
  • Realism of future operational concepts for unmanned autonomous systems
  • Roles and platforms for future autonomous surveillance platforms

Lieutenant Colonel Jonn Birkeland, Senior Officer Plans & Policy Maritime Air Directorate, NATO

13:45 -

Panel discussion: Unmanned maritime vehicle use and impact on Offshore Patrol & Surveillance

  • An overview of technological advancements, system capabilities and multi-role use
  • Current NATO platforms and effects on Offshore Patrol & Surveillance
  • Lessons from the civilian market: Adapting COTS technology for cost effective and rapidly deployable systems

Lieutenant Commander Phil Barron, Senior Observer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy

Chief Warrant Officer Four Brian Roush, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Master Gunner, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Jonn Birkeland, Senior Officer Plans & Policy Maritime Air Directorate, NATO

14:45 -

Chairman’s summary and close of conference

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Capability, Royal Navy