Friday, 9 May 2014

Navy's Newest Electronic Attack Aircraft Reaches Centennial Milestone

The U.S. Navy officers and distinguished visitors from Missouri and Illinois gathered for a ceremony May 5 in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate the production of the 100th EA-18G Growler.
The Growler, the newest advancement in the Navy's electronic attack (EA) arsenal, is a variant of the Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet and is the Navy replacement for the EA-6B Prowler. (What next? the Trowler? Browler? Cowler? - ed.)
The airborne electronic attack aircraft combines modern advances in Airborne Electronic Attack systems and weapons with the tactical versatility, advancements and capabilities of the Block II Super Hornet.
"The EA-18G Growler is a high demand asset that is equally critical in disrupting our enemies operations as it is enhancing our own," said Capt. Frank Morley, program manager for the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) during the ceremony at Boeing.
Next week, Capt. Darryl Walker, commander of the Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), will accept delivery of the aircraft on behalf of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 in Whidbey Island, Washington, before its transfer to a designated operational squadron in the fleet.
The Growler is designed to perform an array of airborne electronic attack missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields, similar to the EA-6B Prowler. Through these capabilities, warfighters may jam or suppress enemy radar and communication systems to protect friendly assets in the air and on the ground.
"NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) is continuing to advance the capabilities of the Growler as the U.S. Navy's electronic attack mission becomes more robust and potential adversaries up their game with increasingly lethal air defences," Morley said.
With new technologies, such as the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), the Growler will have greater capabilities in the EA arena then its predecessor. Currently, the Growler still uses the Prowler's ALQ-99 Jammer Pods, slated to be replaced with the NGJ in the early 2020s. The NGJ features active electronically scanned array antennas and a lighter, more aerodynamically shaped pod, which can allow for faster airspeed bringing greater lethality and capability to the EA-18G.
The EA-18G program remains on the same schedule and cost projected when the program began in 2003, and the aircraft is projected to serve beyond 2040. The Navy accepted its first Growler Aug. 3, 2006.

NGC Names Diane M. Balderson VP of Contracts and Pricing

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Diane M. Balderson, vice president, Contracts and Pricing, reporting to James F. Palmer, corporate vice president and chief financial officer. She will succeed Harry Q.H. Lee, who will retire from Northrop Grumman at the end of 2014. Lee will work with Balderson to ensure a smooth transition. Until his retirement, Lee will continue to have primary responsibility for all contract and pricing matters, and will work closely with Balderson to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities and customer relationships.
The vice president, Contracts and Pricing provides oversight to all companywide contracts and pricing policy, and is responsible for the company's contract risk review process.
"We welcome Diane to the Northrop Grumman team," said Palmer. "She brings 33 years of experience in U.S. government acquisition leadership, 21 of which she was a member of the federal senior executive service. She has led a broad range of large contracting organizations and has executed complex business deals for both defence and civil agencies. We look forward to her contributions to our company."
Balderson comes to Northrop Grumman from her most recent position as executive director/assistant commander for contracts, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), where she was responsible for executing $30 billion in annual contractual obligations and expenditures and led 850 civilian, military and contractor personnel across seven major locations. She was the first civilian to lead the NAVAIR contracting organization.
Prior to that, Balderson served as contracting department head for NAVAIR Air Assault and Special Missions;and other notable posts in government.
In addition, Balderson earned the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, Department of Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award and Department of Navy Superior Civilian Service Award during her tenure with the U.S. government.

Navy's X-47B Programme Ramps-up Flight Test & Readies for Summer Sea Trials

Finally, the X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.
The programme’s test team will conduct various test events with the X-47B over the next few months in an effort to mature air traffic control and ground support standard operating procedures for co-use of airspace between unmanned and manned aircraft during day and night operations.
“Continuing to fly the X-47B in the Patuxent River air space will further exercise the research, test, development and evaluation (RDT&E) infrastructure with an unmanned air system,” said Capt. Beau Duarte, programme manager for Unmanned Carrier Aviation at Patuxent River. “These tests are a build-up for the next carrier event this summer.”
As the first unmanned aircraft to take off and land from a modern aircraft carrier, X-47B will once again embark on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the August timeframe.  This time, the test team will focus on perfecting flight deck operations and integrating the X-47B with manned carrier aircraft.
“We are working toward a new set of firsts for the X-47B,” said Matt Funk, X-47B lead test engineer.  “We’ll test the new capabilities of the X-47B wing-fold and tailhook retract system, and will demonstrate compatibility with a carrier jet-blast deflector on the flight deck for the first time.”
The proven use of these functions will allow the air vehicle to take off, land, and hold in the same pattern as manned aircraft, the next step toward UAS operations aboard aircraft carriers without disruption to normal carrier flight deck operations, he said.
“This at-sea period will mark the first time manned aircraft and the X-47B will operate together on the flight deck,” Duarte said. The goal is to clear the deck within 90 seconds after landing and demonstrate deck handling on-par with manned aircraft.
The Navy will conduct X-47B flight operations over the next year to "mature technologies" for the future Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system and refine the concept of operations to demonstrate the integration of unmanned carrier-based aircraft within the carrier environment, Duarte said.
Source : Naval Air Systems Command

NOAA’s HF Radar Paves Way for Safer Navigation

A new US NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers.
The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays, areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow. The product was made possible by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) using data from the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).
 “By partnering to create new tools like HF radar surface currents, we are providing a more complete picture of a very dynamic environment,” said Richard Edwing, director of CO-OPS.
“This is a great example of how coastal environmental intelligence better enables informed decisions to be made for safe navigation and other uses. We will continue to work with our partners in the navigation community to enhance and expand this product and eventually integrate it into NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) products.”
Currents in the ocean are equivalent to winds in the atmosphere because they move things from one location to another. These currents carry nutrients as well as pollutants and marine debris, so it is important for scientists and mariners to know the currents for ecological, economic and safety reasons. HF radars can measure currents over a large region of the coastal ocean, from a few miles offshore up to 125 miles out, and can operate under any weather conditions.
Located near the water’s edge, HF radar does not need to be atop a high point of land. Traditionally, crews placed current measuring devices directly into the water to retrieve current speeds. While these direct measurement systems are still widely used as a standard reference, HF radars are the only sensors, including satellites, which can measure large areas at once with the detail required for important applications.
HF radar ocean surface current data complements NOAA’s PORTS, a system that provides real-time water level, current and meteorological observations for safe navigation and also benefits search and rescue, oil spill response, harmful algal bloom monitoring, water quality assessments, ecosystem assessments, and fisheries management.
“This is an excellent example of taking the environmental data that US IOOS collects, and putting that information into the hands of people who need it,” said Zdenka Willis, director of the NOAA-led US IOOS Programme. “By working to translate that data into an existing suite of real time navigation products and services, we are showing that NOAA’s investment in key observational platforms provides the vital services our maritime communities rely upon to operate both safely and efficiently.”

EURONAVAL Trophies Provide a New Exposure to Exhibitors' Expertise

For this edition of EURONAVAL, the new trophies scheme will focus on innovation and export strategies. Two of the three categories cover international innovation and open to all exhibitors; however, the other is for French SMEs, providing them with the unique and much-needed opportunity to showcase their innovations and solutions' performance.
Trophies for international innovation on the following themes (routinely covered by NAVAL FORCES magazine): 
  •  The Vessel of the Future
  •  Maritime Security
These two categories are open to French and International exhibitors.   The French SME exhibitors' trophy for export performance is based on the following criteria /  theme: " A company that has established a project for international export, diversification, or partnership."
Taking part means that entrants and winning exhibitors will benefit from:
  • Special media coverage in NAVAL FORCES magazine, the world's leading Naval Defence and Maritime Security journal
  • Enhanced visibility from additional media coverage in the digital show daily, the NAVAL FORCES Blog, and other media in attendance
  • Longer term promotion of your company
  • Increased international influence
  • Naval professional and industrial recognition for excellence
Stand out; communicate information about your successful projects; and, showcase your innovative concepts by contacting:
Anne de Villoutreys
Anne-Charlotte Micca 

HI Shipbuilding Floats Out USCG's 5th Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) on Saturday. James is the company’s fifth NSC and is expected to deliver in 2015.

“Our learning curve continues to improve in this program, and the hot production line certainly provides a foundation for this progress to continue,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager. “We are able to provide an affordable ship for our customer while providing a capable ship to the Coast Guard fleet. We have delivered three ships, with a fourth one to deliver later this year. Our shipbuilders’ effective and efficient work ensures the men and women who will serve on this ship, a high-quality product that will be a valuable asset for our nation for many years to come.”

 Ingalls’ launch process moves the ship on rail cars over to the company’s drydock. The dock is moved away from the pier and then flooded to float the ship. Tugs then guide the ship to its berthing area where it will complete construction.

“We have an outstanding shipbuilding team who worked tirelessly to make certain this translation process and launch were completed as proficiently as possible,” said NSC 5 Ship Programme Manager Jim McKinney. “Now we look forward to completing the construction so we can take her to sea next year and deliver another outstanding NSC to the Coast Guard.”

Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs and has three more under construction, including James. Hamilton (WMSL 753) will undergo sea trials this summer and is expected to deliver later this year. Ingalls’ sixth NSC, Munro (WMSL 755), began construction late last year and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.

Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s, they are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.

NSCs are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High-Endurance Cutter. They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.

The Legend class is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defence missions.

NATO Warships Provide Anti-Piracy Training to Regional Partners

Two NATO counter-piracy task force (CTF-508) warships, ITS MIMBELLI  (Italy) and TCG GÖKÇEADA (Turkey), recently engaged in training regional partners in counter-piracy operations to enhance their respective abilities in improving maritime security in the waters off their coasts.

Last week, the Italian frigate ITS MIMBELLI, currently deployed with NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, provided training to two Yemeni officers of the Yemeni Navy and Coast Guard respectively.

The two Yemeni officers followed a fully integrated programme supported by ITS MIMBELLI’s operational and boarding teams, receiving training, both theoretical and practical, on merchant traffic control and counter–piracy operations.

After their integration with the boarding team, the Yemeni officers actively participated, acting as interpreters, for maritime situational awareness visits to Yemeni vessels during counter-piracy operations and safety of life related tasks.

In late April 2014, the NATO Warship TCG GÖKÇEADA conducted a visit to Port Louis to reinforce relationships with the Mauritius Coast Guard and help build their capacity to combat piracy.

The Commanding Officer of TCG GÖKÇEADA, Commander Y. Metin Pehlivan, paid courtesy calls to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, the Mayor of Port Louis, and the Mauritius National Coast Guard Commandant.

During the visit, 35 Mauritius National Coast Guard boat crew members visited TCG GÖKÇEADA and were briefed on counter-piracy operations and ship capabilities.
“The visits to Mauritius Government Authorities, National Coast Guard Commandant and Port Authorities were quite beneficial to reinforce relationships between NATO and Mauritius,” said Commander Pehlivan.

These activities helped reinforce the importance of cooperation and inter-operability between NATO and the coastal regional countries.

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USCG Hands Over Decommissioned Cutter to Nigerian Navy

The US Coast Guard and the Nigerian Navy held a ceremony in North Charleston to officially sign the decommissioned USCG Cutter Gallatin over to the Nigerian Navy.

The Gallatin was offered to Nigeria April 24, 2013, through the Foreign Assistance Act (FSA), and was decommissioned from Coast Guard service March 31, 2014.
The FSA allows the transfer of excess defence articles as a grant to friendly foreign governments under the auspices of the US State Department.

During the ceremony, Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer RAdm. Bruce Baffer and Nigerian Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro signed transfer documents in front of US and Nigerian observers, marking the official handover of the ship to Nigeria.
Baffer said the transfer was bittersweet but said he believes the ship, renamed NNS Okpabana, will provide valuable service to Nigeria in protecting its territorial waters and offshore assets.

Two weeks until INEC 2014 is held in Amsterdam   

More than 15 countries will be represented at the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2014) being held Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 May at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The three-day conference is organised by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in association with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

“We are delighted to welcome delegates and speakers from Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, and USA;” said Commodore John Newell MBE RN (UK), Ministry of Defence and the INEC 2014 Conference Chairman. “We have a superb programme lined up with a rich diversity of topics addressing our overall theme of ‘Innovative solutions to global trends.’

“Navies and the international defence industry rose to the challenge set by INEC 2014 and our Technical Advisory Committee developed a truly inspiring programme. The themes of the technical programme address the topics which most affect the maritime operating environment and require the best that our engineers and industry can provide whilst, of course, remaining within tight financial constraints."

According to Commodore Newell, Vice Admiral Matthieu J M Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy and Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Ministry of Defence (UK) will launch INEC 2014 off to a flying start with keynote addresses on 20 May.

“I am naturally delighted that this year we have a record number of candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award for authors aged 35 or under. This aims to encourage involvement and attendance from younger participants from the military, industry and academia. The presentations will be made on the last afternoon of the conference when our Patron, Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST will present the prizes.”

Highly relevant range of exhibits
 There are eleven exhibiting companies at INEC 2014 – Babcock International Group; BMT Defence Services; Imtech Marine; L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd; MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands); Metalock Engineering UK Ltd; QinetiQ; Rolls-Royce; Thales Nederland B.V.; TNO; and, Wärtsilä Corporation.

“They are showing a highly relevant number of topics and areas of expertise, and can be assured of a great deal of interest from delegates during all conference breaks,” says Cdre Newell.

BMT Defence Services Ltd, the major sponsor of INEC 2014, will focus on a generic BMT presence. They will be exhibiting a model of one of their more recent concept designs, the Venator®-110. This combines BMT’s com¬prehensive knowledge of CONEMP (Concept of Employment) and CO¬NOPS (Concept of Operations) with their extensive naval design knowledge and research in order to balance capabilities within design constraints for an affordable multi-functional warship.

Using a systems engineering approach to whole ship design, their experts have mapped capabilities and have eval¬uated how equipment, function and capability trade-offs impact on ship design parameters and operational effectiveness.

This platform offers through-life capability options for added future flexibility. It achieves this by its baseline design, which has been developed by assessing operational requirements.

This makes the Venator®-110 capable of open ocean performance, while affordably supporting configurable top side arrangements with variable modular plug-in mission systems depending on role requirements and the need to respond to fast changing threats.

The two design configurations of this warship demonstrate how intelligent design, through simple understanding of operational requirements and equipment integration can support platform flexibility. Mission adaptability is facilitated by potential re-role functionality via module and batch based equipment options. It also provides operational survivability at the patrol ship level and float, move and personnel survivability at the patrol frigate level.
They are always exceptionally keen supporters of INEC with both sponsorship/stand presence and technical attendance. This year they have five technical papers in the conference, two of which are candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award.

Imtech Marine Netherlands B.V. is exhibiting their new Fire Fighting and Damage Control FFDC electronic incident board display system. A warship standard unit will be operating to demonstrate capability and ease of use and visitors to the Imtech stand are invited to try out the system for themselves to experience the ease with which the information can be entered and status information displayed.

The touch sensitive screen allows easy input of status information. The clear and intuitive graphics, with plot symbol libraries including the Royal Navy standard BR2170, enables trained naval personnel to start using the system with a minimum of training.

The system has been developed in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Navy to ensure system functionality fully addresses the needs of the on-board FFDC teams. By using electronic HMI and information distribution techniques, enabling all FFDC display stations to be synchronised with current status information, the size of the FFDC team can be reduced. The resulting system provides clear and unambiguous information on the status of the fire, smoke, chemical, radiological or flood incidents, enabling a co-ordinated response and escape routes to be planned based on real time status information.

The system is ideally suited for installation on lean-manned, new-build warships and to upgrade existing warships, utilising the existing sensor and fire fighting system equipment with only additional signal interfaces and multiple screen interconnecting cables being required.

The system also allows multiple configuration options making it suitable for all types of navy ships, but can also be customized for any commercial vessel or offshore platform.

L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd’s (L-3 MSUK) products cover an exceptional range from bridge to propeller and are supported by over a hundred L-3 Corporate companies worldwide, employing over 50,000 dedicated and experienced personnel. They have much to talk about to visitors to their stand.

L-3 MSUK is providing the Platform Management System to the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers with HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier due to “flood up” which is when the biggest warship in the UK Royal Navy’s history is to be named at a ceremony on 4 July 2014 by Her Majesty The Queen of Great Britain (ironically, taking place on the day the, then, American colonists seceded from the UK and formed the forerunner of the USA 238 years earlier).

L-3 MSUK’s state-of-the-art Platform Management System benefits from a distributed software server architecture that mitigates single to treble port failure ensuring reliability when stressed and flexibility at all times. They recently delivered a significant software release with the next release due August 2014.

The UK’s Astute Class Submarine programme continues at pace. Boat 1, HMS Astute is on operational deployment and Boat 2, HMS Ambush, will deploy during 2014 with both Submarines fully supported by L-3 MSUK, who provided the Control and Instrumentation (C&I) capability. Work continues on the build of Boat 3, HMS Artful, which is due to deploy for the first time during 2015.

L-3 MSUK has been supporting the Platform Management System (PMS) on the UK’s Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Class since 2005. HMS Bulwark is operational whilst HMS Albion is currently on Extended Readiness having had a complete LAN replacement. HMS Albion will begin the regeneration process early in 2015 to become operational once again and HMS Bulwark, will then receive its LAN replacement.

 In the Commercial Shipping sector, L-3 MSUK continues to grow with a number of high profile bridge replacement contracts in the cruise market including a complete new bridge system for Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner.

Their exhibits are INEC 2014 are of interest to European military and commercial marine business sector customers where state of the art, reliable and flexible products and capabilities are required from a proven global company. L-3 MSUK prides itself on bridge to propeller solutions and would be happy to discuss your specific requirements.

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) will show their services in hydrodynamic and nautical research by means of a big video wall, including in particular research in naval engineering. The video wall will demonstrate their impressive research experience, their facilities and the added value they provide for their clients from early design to operations.
MARIN Is an independent research institute providing reliable and innovative services in hydrodynamic and nautical research. They provide a unique combination of know-how and expertise, using numerical, model test and simulator facilities, to assist their clients from the conceptual design stage up to operational challenges of new and existing solutions.
MARIN operates globally in a broad range of application areas, varying from ship design and operations, through offshore engineering to port & channel design, nautical safety and training. Their facilities are located in Wageningen and Ede, The Netherlands. They have an office in Houston, USA, a joint-venture in Shanghai, China and an agent in Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Metalock Engineering UK Ltd has been involved in naval construction since 1984 and work closely with navies from around the world. They will showcase the varied types of engineering services they offer to companies involved in naval vessel construction and operation and maintenance on surface and sub-surface vessels.

They will be explaining the use of pre machining/metal spraying/finish machining on marine diesel engine block liner entablatures. This process can return sealing surfaces back to original sizes and prolong the working life of the engine. This technique has also been successfully applied on naval gas turbine exhaust volutes.

Metalock UK is involved in the on-going work on the new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
They have completed all required in situ machining work on all six of the new Type 45 Destroyers. Metalock works on all Type 23 Frigates since 1984, carrying out all of the above machining activities. The services they offer can be done in situ which saves money and reduces operational costs incurred due to expensive dock time.  Their exhibits are of interest and use to every navy or company involved in the construction repair and operation on surface and subsea naval vessels.

QinetiQ is pleased to announce that the HP-led ATLAS Consortium has selected them as preferred bidder to support the rollout of a Smart Information Management Service as part of DII Afloat. In this application, PRIME, highlighted on their stand, will be deployed fleetwide to submarines. The PRIME software tool helps maximise Maritime Wide Area Network availability for deployed ships and submarines by enabling users to determine what email they access over the network prior to downloading it, ensuring the available bandwidth is used more efficiently. This system has previously been demonstrated to great effect on board HMS Illustrious.

The main Qinetiq exhibit will be a visualisation of the 21st Century Maritime Defence and Security battle space - QinetiQ play an important role on behalf of the UK MoD and other governments around the world as an independent advisor and assessor of new technology and military capabilities. This puts them in a unique position regarding the future maritime defence and security scenario as they understand the importance of creating an integrated capability ranging from data link satellite communications to the recovery autonomous vehicles at sea. The QinetiQ Maritime Division has 600 highly skilled engineers and scientists who together provide one of the largest teams in Europe with specialist maritime knowledge. They have an excellent track record in utilising this team to allow customers to make the right decisions when procuring new equipment and ensuring that it can be integrated into your existing C4ISR capability.

The use of virtual and constructive simulations allows personnel to train with scarce or high value assets within the C4ISR integrated battle space, and means that live training capabilities can be adapted to meet evolving operational needs. Taking a technology-agnostic approach, QinetiQ integrates training systems and equipment supplied by different manufacturers to build the most effective synthetic representation possible. By using after action review they can determine if your training achieved the maximum performance from your platform assets and personnel.

Rolls-Royce plc will be highlighting the MT30 compact package 1:5 scale model. MT30 is the most power dense marine gas turbine available today and is designed to be the gas turbine of choice for the world’s future naval programmes able to deliver 40MW at ambient temperatures up to 380C.

MT30 has a free power turbine making it the best choice for mechanical drive applications because of the engine’s wide performance envelope. This enhances propulsion system performance and operational flexibility.  MT30 can be delivered as a "genset," whereby the engine’s architecture delivers excellent dynamic performance and maintains quality of power supply during large load steps, enabling a stable and robust electrical distribution system as required by modern mission systems.  MT30 is of interest to navies around the world

Visit for more information on INEC 2014, or contact them at;  +44 (0)20 7382 2702. Registration will be open until the start of INEC 2014.

NAVAL FORCES magazine is the Official International Naval Media Supporter of IMarEST's INEC 2014.

INEC 2014 Patrons Include:
• Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng Hon FIMarEST
• Rear Admiral (Ret) Ruurd Lutje Schipholt KNL OON HonFIMarEST
• Rear Admiral Dr Arie Jan de Waard
• Commodore (Dr) Rakesh K Rana
• Tony Graham RCNC

INEC 2014 Technical Advisory Committee include:
• Cdre John Newell MBE RN, Ministry of Defence, UK (Chairman)
• Jens Ballé, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Germany
•Cdr Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Capt Mark Dannatt RN (Rtd), GE Power Conversion
• Lt Alex Davies RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Frans de Wildt, ProRail, the Netherlands
• Ian Grant, QinetiQ
• Dr Alistair Greig, University College London
• Tim Hardy, BMT Defence Services Ltd
• Dr Michael Harper, Office of Naval Research Global
• Lt Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Lt Cdr André Hertsenberg RNLN, Royal Netherlands Navy
• Keith Howard, Babcock International Group
• Simon Knight, Babcock International Group
• Lt Cdr Hugh Maddison RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Paul Maillardet, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Dr Phil Rottier, The MathWorks Limited
• Cdr Dr Paul Schulten RNLN, Netherlands Defence Academy
• Prof Douwe Stapersma, Netherlands Defence Academy
• Cdr John Voyce RN, Ministry of Defence, UK

INEC 2014’s Major sponsors is:
• BMT Defence Services

INEC 2014’s Associate Sponsors include:
• Babcock International Group
• Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
• Imtech Marine
• QinetiQ
• Thales Nederland B.V.

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