7th Annual Surface Warships Conference (Learn More)

AST is delighted to announce that the seventh annual Surface Warships Conference will be held at the Hilton London Docklands Riverside, London, UK between 24th and 26th January 2017.

This year will include a dedicated focus day on Naval Combat Systems. 

SWC 2017 has excellent speakers confirmed, and the following senior officers (and many more besides!) will be sharing their knowledge and insight this year:

  • Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Commander, Romanian Navy 
  • Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine, Deputy Commander, STRIKFORNATO
  • Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director Ships Acquisition in DE&S, Royal Navy

For a full list of speakers and further information on their respective presentations, please download the event brochure.


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SWC 2017 will enable you to engage with fellow technical specialists, officers driving policy and transformation, and the men and women commanding surface warships on the frontline.

All this in an intimate environment, that will help you establish opportunities for cooperation globally, and ensure the continued improvement of your organisation going forward.

You will also have the opportunity to gain strategic level insight from naval leadership, including information on long-term plans and goals, allowing you to define best practice and to understand how the application of the latest technologies will enable you to deliver greater effect as a naval force.

The strategic topics included in the 2017 programme include:

  • The impact of a resurgent Russian Navy and an increasingly capable Chinese Navy on strategic priorities and platform design/procurement
  • The quantity vs. quality debate: High-cost, high-capability vessels vs. larger numbers of lower-tech platforms, both as adversaries and as internal procurement options
  • Examination of concerns relating to ship design, in particular the need for area and near-peer denial vs. humanitarian considerations/disaster relief. We will examine the increasing need for a modular approach to ship design
  • Ensuring interoperability between high-end vessels in order to improve coordination and fighting ability, specifically focusing on NATO nations’ modernisation and procurement efforts 

The insight imparted by the above discussions will enable you to:

  • Improve your surface capability whilst reducing cost footprint by learning how to integrate new combat systems, weaponry and navigational technology whilst avoiding reliability issues
  • Increase your ability to interoperate with neighboring and allied navies through shared exercises and common communication/combat systems, whilst offsetting cost and mitigating security concerns
  • Maximise your ability to engage peer and near-peer threats by upgrading existing vessels, knowing which vessel-classes to procure according to your geographic/strategic needs, and achieving efficiency in your force composition whilst also increasing your fleet’s ability to sustain attrition and project power
  • Gain strategic, tactical and technical expertise by listening to senior naval officers and technical experts from some of the world’s most powerful or rapidly growing navies worldwide, enabling you to strengthen your own long-term planning and operational performance

If further incentive were needed, we are excited to announce the introduction of an in-depth focus day dedicated to Naval Combat Systems, featuring expert analysis on how the modernization and development of advanced Combat Systems is further increasing the capability of existing and planned platforms. 

To learn more about the seventh annual Surface Warships Conference, visit http://www.surfacewarships.com/.

To register for the event, please go to https://register.iqpc.com/

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Surface Warships Global Market Report 2016-17

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