Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Excitement increases exponentially in the lead up to DIMDEX 2014 in Doha, Qatar, 25-27 March.  This will be the largest ever DIMDEX Conference and Exposition – however, it will still retain the same regal, personal, and intelligent character traditional associated with this event. 
The following is a statement from His Excellency Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Qatar please also see his exclusive interview in NAVAL FORCES issue I/2014.
“On behalf of Qatar Armed Forces we would like to extend a warm welcome to the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition, DIMDEX.   With the gracious support, in 2012, of 79 military delegations from 54 countries, over 9000 dedicated visitors from 54 countries and in excess of 160 exhibiting companies, DIMDEX is now firmly established as the Middle East’s leading maritime and naval defence exhibition and conference.
“The 2014 exhibition and conference will take place from 25 to 27 of March 2014 in Doha, and is set to be the largest event for the protection of the region's borders providing the latest solutions for maritime defence and the protection of critical off shore infrastructure.
With the new Qatar Naval Base under construction and the MENA naval market predicted to spend up to US $ 50 billion in the next 20 years, DIMDEX provides a critical platform that gathers senior delegations, key decision-makers, experts and buyers from all over the world to discuss the latest naval and maritime security solutions.
“DIMDEX and its event organizers, Clarion Events, will look to build on previous editions using their global connectivity and expertise. The 2014 show is set to be the biggest event yet attracting over 200 exhibiting companies, an increase in naval delegations, more strategic buyers and will provide a platform for the entire supply chain to do business, network and build new relationships.
“As in previous years, DIMDEX 2014 will feature a high-level strategic conference, the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), which will open the event and we are proud to announce that for 2014, further conferences will be added and will discuss, Unmanned Systems, Helicopters, Protection of Offshore Infrastructure and Maritime Border Security, C4ISR Technologies and Special Operations. An extensive warship display at Doha Commercial Port and a brand new outside demonstration area will complete the event.
“Held with the official support of the Qatar Armed Forces, hosted by the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces along with a strong commitment from neighbouring countries naval defence forces, DIMDEX 2014 is the definitive exhibition for the industry to take advantage of current and future procurement opportunities across the region.
“We look forward to welcoming you and the wider naval community to the city of Doha in March 2014.”
MAST Eursasia
The Long-Awaited MAST Conference Timetable is Ready
The content of MAST conference sessions echo from around the Global Maritime Defence and Security community long after the final session ends.  Information trusted and acted upon by the armed services; the government; development, research and technology organisations; academics and academies; and, defence industry innovators and leaders worldwide will be disclosed and shared exclusively at MAST Eurasia.
For now the long-awaited MAST Conference Timetable is ready (click the previous link to download the PDF).
Product briefings and senior-level networking opportunities abound in the international exhibition and complementary social functions: attendees will meet the game-changing global operators, policy-makers and unique technologists shaping the future of global maritime defence and security.
Soon, it will be too late to participate in MAST Eurasia in Istanbul.   As the only truly global conference and exhibition series for senior-level maritime security technologists, this is the best place to gain the “inside track” on future maritime security and naval defence concepts, capabilities and technologies.  Your counterparts - procurement executives, naval/coast guard officers, experts from over 40 countries – will be there.  Exclusive media support from the world-leading Naval Defence and Maritime Security publication, NAVAL FORCES magazine, completes.  When choosing where to be seen for long-term global maritime defence and security matters – Make it MAST!
INEC 2014
INEC 2014: IMarEST Confirms Keynote Speakers
Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, and Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Ministry of Defence, UK were confirmed by IMarEST as their two keynote speakers for INEC 2014. This addition fortifies an already strong line-up of international speakers and paper presenters.  Another benefit for attendees is an extensive networking and industrial visiting programme.  The list of current INEC sponsors and exhibitors can be viewed on the IMarEST website.
Mönch Publishing Group announces partnership with TDNUK for several specialist symposia throughout 2014.  Building on the successful partnership between NAVAL FORCES / MILITARY TECHNOLOGY and TDNUK’s popular Offshore Patrol & Security 2013; three of the seven Mönch publications will be LEAD MEDIA PARTNERS for OFFSHORE PATROL & SECURITY 2014 in Portsmouth UK and subsequent events, such as NAVAL DAMAGE CONTROL AMERICAS – the first of its kind ever in the USA – 20-21 May in Norfolk, Virginia, the birthplace of US shipbuilding.  Other events include: SOLDIER SYSTEMS 2014 in Berlin (MILITARY TECHNOLOGY and WEHRTECHNIK will feature prominently); NAVAL DAMAGE CONTROL 2014, 8-9 October in Portsmouth UK; and, several others already planned for next year. 
RIVISTA ITALIANA DIFESA, leading tri-service defence monthly in Italy, will be coordinating with NAVAL FORCES and the TDNUK for the 2014 MARITIME INTERDICTION OPERATIONS, Genoa 16-17 September; FORCE PROTECTION & MANOEUVRE, 23-24 September in Rome; COMBAT HELICOPTER 2014, 18-19 November in Rome; and, SEARCH, RESCUE & RECOVERY, also 18-19 November in Rome.  Contact info@tdnuk.com or +44 (0) 1245 707 530 for more information and to register, find out about sponsorship packages, or reserve a display area.
Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa 2014 (MCSWA)
NAVAL FORCES is pleased to announce that it is  The OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL NAVAL MEDIA PARTNER for Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa 2014  - a rather new and very unique event.  The Mönch Publishing Group has been a long time support of African-based and focused defence and national security events.  
NAVAL FORCES agrees with the organisers in that as more natural resources are being discovered - and rediscovered - in this rich, yet often impoverished part of Africa, there is a sharp increase in counter-productive activities set to arrest peaceful development and national security.  Oil producing, shipping, farms, mines, communities and every means of economic and social development - and progress - are at risk as piracy, religious extremism, insurgency, slavery - human trafficking, illegal mineral and animal exploitation, and civil strife put peace and prosperity at risk in the West African region.  This is no more true than along West Africa's beautiful, and once peaceful and envied coastline where much of these threats to stability and growth play out before our eyes.
Local naval forces are facing the need to rapidly increase maritime defence and security capability as well as private security operating in the region.  As the world's leading journal and authority on Naval Defence and Maritime Security matters, NAVAL FORCES takes a keen interest in the topics and success of Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa 2014. It presents the foremost opportunity for West African navy and coastguard officials, government leaders and stakeholders, and the Global Military-Industrial Complex interested in securing the future of West Africa through strong and adept navel defence and maritime security.
This is the place to meet, share and identify future requirements for the crucial development of West Africa naval defence and maritime security forces.
According to its organisers: "Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa 2014 will assist in developing and strengthening West African maritime alliances that will lead local naval forces to safeguard people, resources and national integrity. With long and short-term defence and security goals stating the need to be prepared for conventional and asymmetrical warfare situations as well as protecting high value natural resources in the Gulf of Guinea, Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa 2014 will merge navies across Western Africa, government and industry to explore roles and rules of engagement for bettering West African maritime security."
NAVAL FORCES is told that the conference programme will focus on issues relevant to the West African littoral environment including, but not limited to:
  • Economic stabilisation after increased pirate attacks and growing rebel militant groups
  • Preparing for the changing nature of warfare in the region
  • Socio-economic and mitigating factors related to the cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Maximising multi-lateral relationships with neighbouring regions and those abroad
  • Building capacity for patrol missions within the West African littoral domain
  • Integration and co-operation of private maritime security guards operating in West Africa
 We hope to see you there...

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