29 - 31 January, 2019 | Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

DAY ONE | OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES | 29 JANUARY

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE

Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Royal Navy

9:15 am - 9:45 am HOST NATION OPENING ADDRESS: ROYAL NAVY OPERATIONS

Rear Admiral Paul Halton - Commander Maritime Operations, Royal Navy
·          Examining current operations of the Royal Navy and outlining operational challenges
·          Delivering operational support to NATO missions
·          Maintaining high readiness and enhancing operational versatility  
·          Looking at the future of the underwater battlespace
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Rear Admiral Paul Halton

Commander Maritime Operations
Royal Navy

9:45 am - 10:15 am STRENGTHENING NATIONS’ MARITIME CAPABILITIES

·          Assessing the current threat environment and CONOPS against asymmetric maritime threats
·          Providing insights into the evolving CTOC challenges
·          Defeating terrorism and piracy through regional cooperation and multination operations
·          Restricting illegal activities and disrupting freedom of manoeuvre of adversaries in the maritime areas of responsibility
·          Outlining operational challenges and ways to enhance interoperability 

10:15 am - 10:45 am MODERN MARITIME DETERRENCE

Major General Charles Stickland - Commander, EUNAVFOR Somalia
·          Multi-national cooperation
·          Warships at the heart of deterrence
·          Using hard & soft power
·          Complex Maritime Security Architectures
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Major General Charles Stickland

Commander
EUNAVFOR Somalia

10:45 am - 11:15 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:15 am - 11:45 am THE STRATEGIC CENTRALITY OF MARITIME CAPABILITIES IN THE OVERALL GEOSTRATEGIC SCENARIO, WITH PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE ‘ENLARGED’ MEDITERRANEAN SEA AND ITALY

Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone - Commander Joint Operational Command, Italian Ministry of Defence
·          Centrality of “maritime” geopolitics
·          Strategic versatility, tactical flexibility, logistic sustainability of the naval assets and component Capability to influence “on the sea” and “from the sea” every kind of environment
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Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone

Commander Joint Operational Command
Italian Ministry of Defence

11:45 am - 12:15 pm CURRENT OPERATIONS AND MULTI-MISSION MODULARITY OF THE PORTUGUESE NAVY

Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo - Fleet Commander, Portuguese Navy
·          Ensuring full operational capability of recently commissioned Karel Doorman-class M frigates and Viana do Castelo-class OPVs
·          Examining multi-mission modularity and reevaluating TTPs to prepare for the planned replacement of corvettes
·          Addressing littoral warfare and repurposing M-frigates for low-intensity conflict
·          Upgrading Mk-46 lightweight torpedoes launching systems to the Mk 54 standard, and integrating the  Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) to retain maritime superiority 
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Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo

Fleet Commander
Portuguese Navy

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES: FROM COUNTER-NARCOTICS TO ANTARCTIC AND MULTINATIONAL MISSIONS

Vice Admiral Evelio Enrique Ramírez Gáfaro - Chief of Naval Operations, Colombian Navy
·          Aligning capabilities to the rapidly evolving regional security dynamics
·          Ensuring high readiness and accelerating rapidity of response for counter-narcotics operations
·          Establishing a permanent base on Antarctica in line with the Colombia Antarctic Program (PAC)
·          Lessons learned from participation in NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield 
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Vice Admiral Evelio Enrique Ramírez Gáfaro

Chief of Naval Operations
Colombian Navy

·          Outlining Poland’s Strategic Concept for Maritime Security
·          Assessing operational challenges and emerging requirements for air defence systems against aginst cruise and ballistic missiles
·          Ensuring full operational capability of recently procured minehunters
·          Validating TTPs and mapping out future capability development  
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Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jerzy Jaworski

Commander Maritime Operations Centre
Polish Operational Command

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm CHALLENGES IN PERUVIAN NAVY CAPABILITIES DESIGN TO FACES CURRENT AND FUTURE DEMANDS

Rear Admiral Oscar Alejandro Torrico Infantas - Navy Project Director, Peruvian Navy
·          Improving the capability to operate efficiently in joint and combined operations
·          Maintaining high readiness to perform MSO, counter-terrorism missions, jungle and riverine operations against illicit activities
·          Outlining the current structure of the Naval Forces and emerging requirements for operations in the future decade
·          Examining indigenous shipbuilding and Offset agreements for new projects and multi-role vessel program
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Rear Admiral Oscar Alejandro Torrico Infantas

Navy Project Director
Peruvian Navy

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm MINES ARE ON THE RISE – CHALLENGES AND POSSIBILITIES FOR SURFACE COMBATANTS

Confirmed Representative - Representing Operations Commander , EU NAVFOR Mediterranean
·          Addressing requirements for enhanced Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Systems
·          Assessing the role of unmanned vessels and autonomous self-propelled acoustic-magnetic  minesweepers
·          Evaluating plans to upgrade the propulsion system and enhance CBRN detection and protection capabilities
 
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Confirmed Representative

Representing Operations Commander 
EU NAVFOR Mediterranean

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm DISRUPTING HUMAN SMUGGLING AND TRAFFICKING NETWORKS

Confirmed Representative - Representing Operations Commander , EU NAVFOR Mediterranean
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Confirmed Representative

Representing Operations Commander 
EU NAVFOR Mediterranean


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm BUILDING A COMMON TACTICAL PICTURE FOR MULTINATIONAL OPERATIONS

Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund - Chief of Operations, Royal Norwegian Navy
·          Executing coalition-level mission planning and engagement coordination
·          Enhancing ISR and information sharing
·          Understanding individual and collective capabilities in a multinational task group to attain combat superiority
·          Upgrading individual and collective maritime integrated air and missile defense capabilities
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Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund

Chief of Operations
Royal Norwegian Navy

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm UTILISING AUTOMATED FORCE LEVEL FUNCTIONS

Commander Andreas Uhl - SME Maritime Integrated Air & Missile Defence, German Navy
·          The maritime theatre missile defence-forum on it's path to multinational integration of maritime air & missile defence capabilities
·          Lessons learned from At Sea Demonstration tests: developing a common naval architecture to enhance multinational operations
·          Addressing sensor-networking and information sharing to maintain superior battlespace awareness 
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Commander Andreas Uhl

SME Maritime Integrated Air & Missile Defence
German Navy

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING A COMMON ARCHITECTURE FOR NAVAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS

Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund - Chief of Operations, Royal Norwegian Navy
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Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund

Chief of Operations
Royal Norwegian Navy

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE

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

Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Royal Navy