Thursday, 27 March 2014

D I M D E X 2014 - H.E Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani Officially Opened DIMDEX 2014

DIMDEX 2014, the 4th International Maritime Defence Exhibition, held under the patronage of His Highness, The Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, opened at Qatar National Convention Center with the attendance of H.E Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who in association with H.E Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiya, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, officially opened the exhibition during a VIP Opening Ceremony.
Major General Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi, Commander Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, welcomed guests and extended his deep gratitude and thanked H.H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir and Commander in Chief of the Qatar Armed Forces, for his patronage and his continuous support.
Due to his leadership, DIMDEX is now a pioneer in naval defence technology, providing a platform for leaders to interact and exchange views and discuss appropriate solutions to meet the challenges and threats facing the countries of the region.
A film documentation, showcasing the Qatari Armed Forces' defence capabilities and the Emiri Guard highlighting DIMDEX 2014 various wings and functions was also shown during the opening ceremony to the audience of VIPs, international delegations, Sponsors, and media attending DIMDEX 2014.
Following the opening ceremony, H.E Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani toured the exhibition with officials of the DIMDEX organising committee where he was shown the Qatari and international exhibitor stands along with latest technologies being displayed at the exhibition.
The first day of DIMDEX also included an official opening for the visiting worships under the auspices of Chief of General Staff of Qatar Armed Forces, Major General Ghaneim bin Shaheen Al-Ghanem.
DIMDEX 2014 includes more than 175 exhibitors, over 80 delegations from 53 countries and 20 visiting warships from 12 countries; the exhibitors cover various domains in the naval and maritime defence including: anti-piracy, diving and underwater operations and vehicles, maritime domain awareness and technology, naval aviation and much more. The exhibition also showcases international warships and vessels of different classes, including frigates, corvettes, minesweeper as well as the KILO submarine, berthed at Doha Commercial Port.
DIMDEX has established itself as a leading naval defence and maritime security exhibition that creates a platform to gather senior representatives from Qatar’s Armed Forces as well as VIP delegations from the Middle East and around the world.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

D I M D E X 2014 - New Marine Genset to Complete MTU's Marine Propulsion Portfolio

In Doha, Rolls-Royce Power Systems unveils its new marine genset carrying the MTU brand. The genset is based on a six-cylinder Series 1600 inline engine delivering up to 323kW Output. It is compliant with IMO Tier II and EPA Tier 3 regulations. The genset engine is highly versatile and meets not only classification society regulations in the commercial segment, but also the strict demands of civil and military applications with respect to acoustics, shock, and magnetic signature. Series 1600 engines run through marine engine production processes to enable them to meet Advanced Logistic Requirements (ILS) that prevail in the naval and Coast Guard segment worldwide.
At DIMDEX’14, MTU also showcases its latest IMO Tier II-compliant 2000, 4000, and 8000 units and ist Series 396 and 1163 engines, whose range of applications includes frigates, corvettes, Coast Guard vessels, patrol boats, amphibious landing craft, and other special-purpose vessels. MTU’s Series 8000 engines cover power outputs up to 10,000KW and the 20-cylinder version is the ‘top seller’ in its performance class for the propulsion of naval vessels. With their compact design and high power density, these MTU engines are also suitable for re-powering older vessels in which engine room space is very limited.
MTU’s propulsion portfolio is completed by its gas turbine that delivers outputs up to 35,320kW to facilitate top propulsion speeds in combination with diesel engines.
Charging units offered by MTU supply submarines with the power they require. The advanced technology Series 4000 diesel genset for undersea platforms with 1300kW output is currently being developed and is to be launched in 2016. This genset will allow the potential offered by lithium-ion battery technology to be exploited to a maximum, resulting in significantly shorter load cycles and a lower indiscretion rate. Fuel consumption in relation to Series 396 units has been substantially reduced, allowing the submarine a much bigger range with the same tank size. The genset can also be run in optimised emissions and acoustics mode so that IMO Tier II emissions specifications are met in surface operation.
In-House Development of State-of-the-Art Ship Automation Concepts
As a systems supplier, MTU also provides ship automation systems. The latest version of the company’s CALLOSUM automation system is entirely based on COTS products, making it much more open and flexible compared to the previous generation. It is a user-friendly ship automation system that enables optimum monitoring and control of marine propulsion and all ship’s services. Modular software for damage control, on-board training, and maintenance support allows the function scope to be expanded as the customer requires. CALLOSUM has been selected for monitoring and control of the new patrol vessels currently being constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman.

Monday, 24 March 2014

D I M D E X 2014

New Opportunities
Interview with Brig. Dr. (Eng) Thani A. Al-Kuwari, Assistant Chief of Staff for Financial Affairs, Qatar Armed Forces, and Chairman of DIMDEX


NAVAL FORCES: How do you describe the present business climate for naval systems in the Gulf Region?
Brigadier Al-Kuwari: In contrast to the downsizing trend globally, the MENA naval market continues to show strong growth with a regional new construction ship market valued at US$45Bn. Not only are the naval forces in the Gulf Region spending on naval platforms, but also on UAV, training and simulation, and supports services. Qatar is not different with ambitious procurement plans.


NAVAL FORCES: What is the function of DIMDEX in this market perspective?
Brigadier Al-Kuwari: DIMDEX provides a platform for industry to meet with [the] world’s key decision makers, defence officials, and government high dignitaries to discuss current and future requirements. DIMDEX has a strong history of delivering VIP military delegations at the highest level, and under the Patronage of the Emir in 2014 this support will only increase.


NAVAL FORCES: How is DIMDEX different compared with other defence exhibitions, both outside and within the MENA region?
Brigadier Al-Kuwari: Apart from being the only comprehensive and fully integrated naval show in the region, DIMDEX is now also renowned to be the MENA’s leading maritime defence exhibition and conference. With success of three prior editions, it is evident that DIMDEX is a ‘must-attend’ show. Despite having various events of the similar concept in the global forefront, the MENA naval market has been forecasted to have strong growth over the next 20 years and beyond.


NAVAL FORCES: What are your expectations for 2014? Can you provide numerical figures, such as expected number of exhibitors and visitors?
Brigadier Al-Kuwari: We expect over 200 exhibitors and close to 100 VIP delegations. With exhibitors taking bigger booths and bringing in additional equipment and crafts to showcase the show is also almost sold out and is set to be almost double the size of the 2012 edition – a testament to the work the Qatar Armed Forces has been doing with its existing suppliers and potential partners.


NAVAL FORCES: DIMDEX includes both an exhibition and a conference. How these two events complement each other?
Brigadier Al-Kuwari: The exhibition is quite simply a platform to network and do business enabling industry to present both examples and also fully operational static displays of their capabilities. The conference focuses on thought leadership and sharing of knowledge amongst defence industry leaders. Both aspects are very important for the market to develop and for relationships to be forged between armed forces and also with industry. Every level of the value chain will be catered for.


NAVAL FORCES: We thank you very much for your impressions on DIMDEX 2014.

D I M D E X 2014

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Exhibiting at DIMDEX 2014
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), one of the leading European system providers for non-nuclear submarines and high-end naval vessels, will be participating at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX) 2014, Doha, from 25-27 March 2014. At TKMS' booth No. H420, Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), visitors can experience an interactive display of a wide range of submarines, naval surface ships, and naval services including Blohm+Voss MEKO Flex Corvette
Blohm+Voss MEKO A-200 Frigate
HDW Class 212A Submarine
HDW Class 214 Submarine
Kockums FLEXpatrol
Kockums SAM 3
Naval Education and Training

The Naval System House is present in the Middle East through its subsidiary ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems International Qatar, located in Doha. This enables TKMS to maintain close relationships with Navies in the region and customise its product and service offering to specific requirements. TKMS has a long shipbuilding tradition spanning hundreds of years, while at the same time securing the technologies and skills required for the future. As a leading system supplier for non-nuclear submarines and state-of-the-art naval surface vessels, TKMS has gained massive experience supporting more than 30 countries and their Navies.
In the area of first-class naval education and training as well as service support, the company has proven its expertise for more than four decades.


TKMS comprises the four operating units Submarines, Surface Vessels, Services, and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB.

Thursday, 20 March 2014


MCSWA: Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa



NAVAL FORCES  announces that it has been appointed the Official International Naval Media Partner for MCSWA 2014 in Accra, Ghana - 19-21 November 2914.


Responding to a demand from governments, navies and coastguards in the region, the Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference moves to West Africa to address increasing problems with piracy, related sea-borne crimes, and maritime security in the very strategically important Gulf of Guinea. 


Looking beyond how the local oil and gas industry, international merchant marine mitigate dangers and risks, MCSWA addresses how individual and joint naval defence force operations can actively interdict advancing and shifting maritime threats.

MCSWA is deemed by many to be the premier platform for the full spectrum of "seafarers" operating along the West African coastline.  It is the event at which the discussion begins on how to collaboratively identify future requirements to counteract sea-borne threats, mapping the future maritime security seascape's parameters, and creating a sustainable, long-term security strategy for safe West African economic and social development. Contact Taryn van Zanten today on taryn.vanzanten@spintelligent.com - or  visit www.maritimesecurity-westafrica.com/  

French contractors ambitions for DIMDEX 2014


Assembled under the French banner, nine entities: DCI, DCNS, DIGINEXT, ECA, EURONAVAL, GICAN, LACROIX, NEXTER and OCEA, will make their way to Doha from 25 to 27 March 2014, for the 4th edition of trade exhibition DIMDEX; Thales, Rafale International and NH Industries are also present with their own display areas, confirming the importance of the Qatari event.

Despite strong international competition, these French contractors are hoping for a large slice of Qatar's projected 20 billion euros of armament and security acquisitions. This shopping list includes, for the sole naval and air/sea sectors — the centrepiece of the DIMDEX exhibition — frigates, corvettes and patrol boats, helicopters of various types, naval combat systems and surface-to-air missiles, all technological sectors where the operational performance of French products is acknowledged.

In addition, the excellent Franco-Qatari relationship provides a good political underpinning to the French bids, as demonstrated by the high-level bilateral committee meeting held on 20 March 2014, chaired by the French minister of defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Qatari opposite number, General Hamad Al Attiyah.

More generally, the Qatari exhibition DIMDEX offers the French naval defence and security sector a chance to gain new market shares in a context of sharply increased demand throughout the Middle East.

French naval industries trade group GICAN, which will be running the French pavilion at DIMDEX, will also have an excellent opportunity to promote its own exhibition, EURONAVAL, the oldest and most important international show of defence and naval security procurement, created in 1968, whose 24th edition will be held in Paris from 27 to 31 October of this year. Find out more at www.euronaval.fr 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

NATO Naval Armaments Group Chair to Address MAST Audience


NNAG Chair, Rear Admiral Jose Belo Garcia (Portuguese Navy)  confirmed his participation in the MAST EURASIA Opening / Keynote session: “Optimising Maritime Operations.”
Following the successful integration of the NNAG Group meeting with MAST last year in Gdansk, the 111th NATO Naval Armaments Group meeting will be hosted by the (11th) MAST in Istanbul, Turkey.

MAST EurAsia opening session will set the tone for the week’s comprehensive conference programme (93 presentations in 33 sessions).

Senior-level authors-presenters come from 58 MOD/Navy/Research & Technology/Academia/Industry organisations, 16 countries, and four continents.

Rear Admiral Garcia joins an international line-up of the very highest level. Turkey’s top contributors so far include Chief of Navy and the Undersecretary of Defence (invited).
View the latest MAST conference timetable here: http://www.mastconfex.com/timetable.asp


MAST gets a MENA/Asia boost
Record-high pre-registrations for MAST EurAsia are proof to the extensive reach of Istanbul’s location. Straddling Europe and Asia and with direct access to many MENA countries, registrations are showing a significant up-swing from Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkmenistan.


...Many of these countries have imminent (and / or current) naval procurement programmes. Not surprisingly, the MAST EurAsia exhibition is already the largest in five years; and, visitors can expect displays of over 100 platforms, systems, and solutions.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Saab Expands Activities in the Naval Arena

Saab announced that it is recruiting new employees to strengthen and develop its naval capabilities.
Saab is one of the leading companies within the naval arena. It is a provider to the Royal Swedish Navy, the major contractor to the Royal Thai Navy and is responsible for development, Integration, and support of the Combat Management Systems (CMS) on-board Australia’s ANZAC frigates. Saab is now preparing to take a full responsibility within the naval domain. The business area Security and Defence Solutions (SDS) will maintain its overall responsibility while strengthening its organisation with additional skills. SDS is managing an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to study the prerequisites for a consolidated strategy to support the underwater domain.
Saab currently provides the integrated ship control management and monitoring systems for Norway’s "Ula" class submarines and Australia’s "Collins" class submarines. Saab is delivering Electronic Warfare (EW) systems for submarines in several countries and recently further contracts were signed to deliver autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) targets. Saab is also a world leading provider of autonomous military and civil underwater vehicle systems (AUV and ROV).
“Saab is today a leading provider of naval systems, and this initiative will enable Saab to strengthen and develop its naval capabilities", says Gunilla Fransson, Senior Vice President and Head of Security and Defence Solutions.
“Saab is looking for employees, who want to continue to develop naval products for Sweden and the global market. Saab offers its employees great opportunities to practice their knowledge, to develop it further and contribute to strong and competitive products for future customers", says Gunilla Fransson.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ukraine vs Russia: What now?

Russia's deployment in the region “was to protect Russians in Crimea”, assured Putin.
Sources: Theguardian.com; Bloomerang.com; Huffingtonpost.com

”President Putin sought and quickly got his parliament’s approval to use military force to protect Russia’s interests” and ”Russian troops deployed in Crimea” were the breaking news shortly before this issue went to press.
The green light the Russian parliament granted President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2014 included the use of military force to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. On 28 February, the airport at Sevastopol was occupied by well-armed, masked gunmen believed to be pro-Russian militia. This was followed by the occupation of the airport at Simferopol and seat of the 100-member unicameral parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, leaving the newly installed government under President Turchynov powerless to react. Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovych left Ukraine on 27 February.
Russian intervention on the Crimean peninsula cannot be denied. Military trucks and armoured personnel carriers seen on their move from Sevastopol to Simferopol were identified as belonging to the Russian military. Air space over Crimea has since been under Russian control. Unusual helicopter movements were also observed. “We are on the brink of a disaster”, Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine said.
After an emergency meeting about Ukraine at the United Nations Security Council in New York on 1 March, Russian Ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin stressed :“We have an agreement with Ukraine on the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and we operate under this agreement”.
Crimea, as an autonomous parliamentary republic within Ukraine since 1917, has close historic ties to Russia. Hence, Russian is de facto the official language and culture.
The ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovych claimed in a news conference in the Russian city of Rostov on 27 February, that he is still Ukraine’s lawful President, describing the “fascist threat posed by extremist forces” in Kiev as widely influenced by the West.
Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr V. Turchynov stated that Russian troops were being deployed to Crimea, because Russia has a major naval base in Sevastopol. These movements occurred in violation of the two countries’ agreements”, he said. Meanwhile, some 18,000 Russian soldiers were deployed on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation, President Putin told Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel that their deployment in the region “was to protect Russians in Crimea”.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet is in Crimea since 1783 and operates in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Today, it represents a major operational-strategic sub-unit of the Russian Navy.
Under the command of Vice Admiral Aleksandr Vitko, the fleet is composed of some 40 combatants. Older GRISHA I/III missile corvettes were seen patrolling off Sochi “to provide safety and security at the Sochi Winter Olympics”, Kremlin representatives told. Russian warships were blocking Ukrainian Navy ships at their common base with the Black Sea Fleet. Reported moves on the Crimean peninsula may have parallels to steps Russia took before the war with Georgia in 2008. Kiev meanwhile has mobilised troops and reservists across the country.
The Crimea crisis put the Americans and the European Union in a great debacle. Foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland were in Kiev to hold crisis talks with former President Yanokovych in an effort to end the Kiev standoff. US President Barack Obama understood that the West cannot respond with a military intervention in an effort to preclude a full-scale military escalation. And in a telephone conversation, he urged President Putin to withdraw his forces from Crimea and to refrain military action elsewhere in the former Soviet Republic.
What are the options to respond? With President Putin having reached the ‘red lines’, the West, among them Washington and London, which heavily support Ukraine’s sovereignty, may consider economic steps. Boykotting the G8 summit in Sochi this June could be one option, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry. London and Ottawa meanwhile joined Washington in pulling out of a round of preparatory talks due to be held in the coming days to pave the way for the summit in Sochi. Talking about ‘red lines’ would not be sufficient to end the crisis.


The port city of Sevastopol, which is located in southernmost Ukraine on the Crimean peninsula, is an important naval base due to the numerous inlets and bays along the coastline, accommodating naval ships of both the Ukraine
and the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
(Photo: Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory)
Further information about the Ukrainian Navy and the Crimea standoff in the March/April issue of NAVAL FORCES is provided by Joshua T. Cohen, also reflecting upon the strength of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

EXPOSITION AND SYMPOSIUM IMPORTANT UPDATES

DIMDEX 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.
 
OFFSHORE PATROL & SECURITY 2014
MÖNCH  DEVELOPS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK UK (TDNUK)
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.
 
MCSWA
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...