Friday, 24 January 2014


ISTANBUL (…Not Constantinople)

Recently the MAST 2014 Steering Committee met to finalise plans for its annual conference in Istanbul. Welcome remarks were made by Conference Chairman RAdm. (ret) Savas Onur, well-known and respected internationally.
Highlight of the May event’s structure include an Opening & Keynote Session,“Optimising Maritime Operations,” that includes participation at the Highest Levels of the Turkish Navy.  
Coincidentally, NAVAL FORCES Magazine has been selected by the Turkish Navy to produce an OFFICIAL Special Issue dedicated and focused entirely on the Turkish Navy.  This Special Issue will have full global circulation to NAVAL FORCES’ subscribers and 2000 copies have been advance-ordered by the Navy itself. (contact Jan Wiedemann for more details)
The proposed Plenary Session Panel discussion will be “Future Global Challenges for Navies,” featuring selected visiting International Navy VIPs.
Although the full list of topics can be found on the MAST web site - - here is a sample of the compelling topics throughout the symposium that include, but not limited to:
  • An Inertial Technology Based Rapid Static Alignment Method for Sensors and Weapons On-board Naval Vessels
  • A New Compact, Cost-Effective Marine Inertial Navigation System Solution for Surface Vessels
  • A Piracy Incident Reporting System for Improved Maritime Security in The Gulf Of Guinea
  • Evidence Based Target Motion Analysis: A New Paradigm for the Design of Combat Systems
  • Software Solutions for Expeditionary MCM
  • Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicles
  • Efficient HF Submarine Antennas
  • AQUO European Collaborative Project Mitigation Measures for Underwater Noise Shipping Noise Footprint and Impact On Marine Life
  • Legal Considerations for Securing Offshore Installations
  • Hydrodynamics of Super-Cavitating Vehicles Research of Possibilities for Decrease of Gravity Influence
  • A New Manufacturing Process that Utilises Adhesive to Permanently Attach Fasteners to Structure
  • A Review of Probability of Detection Models for Camouflage Assessment in the Maritime Environment
  • Coordinated Operation Capability Using Scalable C2
  • Benefits Gained Using New Maintenance Concepts and International Logistics Standards.
  • Multi-Link Processors and Integration Architectures
  • Africa Offshore Maritime Security on Both Sides of the Continent
  • Dutch National Technology Project Holon
  • Quality of AIS Services for Wide-Area Maritime Surveillance
  • Mechanical Drive Gas Turbine
  • MQ-4C Triton Maritime Security
  • Multi-Sensor Situation Awareness Adapted to Small Targets Greatly Manoeuvring
  • CBRN Detection in the Maritime Theatre
  • Coastal Security System for Critical Infrastructure
  • Modular Lightweight Acoustic-Electromagnetic Minesweeping - Towed by ASV
  • Study on Bubble Behaviour in Underwater Explosion
  • Coastal Situational Awareness
  • Composite technology in Naval Ship Applications
  • Using Serious Game Technology to Improve Navy Crew Training
  • Naval Architectural Aspects of Naval Auxiliary Support Ships, Capable of Underway Replenishment
  • Next Generation Sensor-to-Shooter Solution against the Naval Mine Threat
  • Challenges Upgrading Glass/Steel Periscope Capabilities with Modern Optronic Masts on Existing Submarines
  • Life Cycle Cost Reduction, Optimisation Consideration
Please note: the first-ever MAST Asia will take place next year in Japan…a rather curious and yet expected development.  Taking place at the Pacifico Yokohama, 13 -15 May 2015, the venue is a modern facility directly in the bay of Yokohama and is quickly accessed from the US 7th Fleet and Japanese Navy bases in Yokosuka and Tokyo.
Endorsement of the event has been officially given by:
  • Japan Maritime Self Defence Force;
  • Technical Research and Development Institute of Ministry of Defence;
  • Japan Coast Guard; and, the
  • Defence Technology Foundation
MAST Asia 2015 will be the first international naval event to take place in Japan, underscoring recent geo-political concerns in the region and the important role Japan and its industry plays in national defence and regional security.  There are numerous international organisations with offices / facilities in Japan that are expected to participate and exhibit.

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