Recent tensions in the Balkans and the South China Sea have highlighted the strategic importance for countries to expand their military influence without boots on the ground. It is in this context that large and smaller navies from across the globe will meet at the ninth iteration of the Surface Warships conference. Chairman Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE, former Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy explains here the political and operational context surrounding the conference, the type of solutions navies will need to overcome their challenges and what to expect at Surface Warships next January.
Ahead of the event, we wanted to share a presentation from the 2018 edition of the conference; Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director Ships Acquisition, DE&S, UK MoD provided an update on the Royal Navy’s acquisition priorities to maintain maritime superiority.
The market for new surface warships is expected to reach US$165 billion over the next ten years, with corvettes being its largest segment.
Ahead of Surface Warships 2019, Defence IQ compiled a report highlighting key programmes and requirements across the world’s navy. Download the full report to:
- Learn more about Australia’s acquisition of nine high-end anti-submarine warfare frigates, worth AU$35 billion
- Read an update on Portugal’s midlife upgrade of the Bartolomeu Dias (F333) M-class frigate
- Learn more about Romania’s plans to acquire four new corvettes to boost its capacities in the Black Sea