Monday, 12 May 2014

Saab Launches Five New Radars for Total Air Domain Awareness

Saab Launches 5 New Radars for Total Air Domain Awareness

While NAVAL FORCES  Editor-in-Chief Stefan Nitschke is on a media visit with Saab business areas Electronic Defence  Systems with Saab BA EDS's head of Comminication Anna Bergenlid, the Saab Press centre made a relavent announcement...

The defence and security company Saab announced that it is extending its surface radar portfolio, with the introduction of five all-new complementary Giraffe radars for land and sea. This strengthens the current product offering but also takes the Giraffe firmly into the long-range air surveillance domain and puts an entirely new capability onto the market.

Saab’s combat-proven and highly-regarded surface radar portfolio, including the renowned Giraffe AMB and Arthur radars, has been improved and expanded through the addition of new technologies and designs. Alongside its existing products, Saab is now producing new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar variants for land and sea.

These radars use leap-ahead design techniques that put them in a class of their own in terms of performance and capability. For the first time Saab’s Giraffe radars also offer a solution for long-range air surveillance. There is now a Giraffe option for every air surveillance and air defence application, on land and at sea.

Saab has more than 30 years of AESA design experience. This depth of experience –and Saab’s understanding of radar cost, performance, reliability and packaging issues – results in a unique technology solution. Saab’s advanced surface-based radars are highly-effective against multiple ‘difficult’ air targets in the most dense and challenging operational environments.

“I’m proud to present this important milestone in our surface radar development,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems. “Our portfolio now caters for all advanced radar requirements, from very short- to long-range air defence, but also surveillance, and weapons location with true multi-role functionality.”

Members of Saab’s surface-based radar family for land and sea now include:
Giraffe 1X and Sea Giraffe 1X: short-range radars fitted with an X-band AESA, offering a comprehensive set of 3D functions with impressive performance and flexibility.

Giraffe 4A and Sea Giraffe 4A: medium- to long-range radars, combining air surveillance, air defence, sense and warn and weapon locating capabilities in a single, low-footprint S-band AESA-based unit.

Giraffe 8A: a long-range S-band AESA radar, including anti-ballistic missile capability, that pushes performance and functionality to a new level.

Giraffe AMB and Sea Giraffe AMB: Saab’s existing short- to medium-range surveillance radar and command and control system for ground-based air defence. These combat proven C-band systems have now been enhanced with increased range and coverage.

Arthur: Saab’s combat proven C-band medium-range weapons-locating system which detects and locates enemy fire. With 80 units sold to date, the system’s performance and functionality has now been further enhanced.

Saab’s In-Service Solutions is another vital part of the overall radar family product offering and is currently contracted by more than 20 customers worldwide. Saab’s radar logistics support removes 100 percent of real-life risks related to cost of ownership and has proven to deliver 98.5 percent long-term mission availability.

Finally, Saab also offers a Common Radar Upgrade solution, providing upgrades to or extending the lifetime of customers’ existing (non-Saab) radar systems.

Saab is one of the world’s leading radar suppliers with 60 years of experience and more than 3,000 radar systems in operation in 30 countries.

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.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Damen Names Royal Oman Navy flagship

GORNICHEM (NL) and MUSCAT- 9 May 2914 - Dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence of Oman joined senior Damen management at a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen on May 8th to mark the naming of the Royal Navy of Oman’s new flagship, the Sail Training Clipper Shabab Oman II.

The 87m long steel-hulled vessel is a three-mast, full square rigger built to design principles set for the iconic tea clippers of the 19th century, benefiting from 21st century technology and comfort. Featuring a fully unfurled sail area of 2,700m2, the vessel can accommodate 34 navy recruits plus a 58-strong crew.
Shabab Oman II will replace a vessel of the same name, fulfilling its training role while acting as a roving emissary promoting Oman's long maritime tradition to the peoples of the world.

Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both explains: “This is a clipper with an Arabic touch. Our design partners toured Oman seeking inspiration for its interiors and furnishing. Finishing touches include hand-carved teak at the bow, teak palm leaves at the stern, and gilded interior wood work from Hertel.” Shabab Oman’s main sail will also catch the eye – its khanjar dagger in a sheath superimposed upon two crossed swords motif is the emblem of Oman. 

“However, this is also a working training ship equipped to the most modern standards,” says Both. “Tall Ships capture the public imagination and win friends as they glide gracefully into port, but Shabab Oman is also key to the recruitment and training underlying the fleet expansion.”

The new clipper is the third example of Damen’s working relationship with Dykstra Naval Architects, following the delivery of Stad Amsterdam training ship and the Brazilian navy’s Cisne Branco. Its traditional profile houses cutting edge bridge systems from Imtech Marine/Alewijnse and controls from Johnson Controls, Both says, describing “an internal re-engineering” to meet higher air AC demand. 

“Shabab Oman will feature three generators plus an emergency back-up unit, compared to the two,” says Both, “so that each cabin has AC. For reasons of redundancy, she will also have a twin propeller shaft arrangement.” All internal spaces have been designed for low noise and vibration. 

Managed from Damen headquarters in Gorinchem, the clipper was principally constructed at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania then towed to the Vlissingen yard where the 50m steel/aluminium masts, rigging and spars were installed and finishing works undertaken. 

Given the vessel’s training role, Both says Damen takes considerable pride in its role in training the crew that will operate Shabab Oman II. “Even for experienced sailors, this is a complex sailing ship with 35 sails, each of them operated via eight ropes. We provided a hands-on training course to the crew on board another Damen Sail Training Vessel Stad Amsterdam, and separate training for executive officers and technical officers.”


Bonn / Copenhagen - 09 May 2014 - Naval Team Denmark (NTD) has joined with NAVAL FORCES magazine in an editorial-publishing cooperative partnership.  This non-commercial arrangement provides the ability for NTD and its members to more easily share exclusive information with NAVAL FORCES - and the six other Mönch publications - for more efficient dissemination to the more than 110,000 qualified readers (serious naval defence and maritime security professionals) of NAVAL FORCES worldwide.

Similar to the partnership between Brazil's ABIMDE and TECNOLOGIA MILITAR (another Mönch defence journal), this partnership underscores the importance of strong ties with defence industrial organisations and the professional / trade media that can help bring unique and new innovations to the attention of the global community of Military-Industrial Complexes, especially small to medium sized enterprises - from where most game-changing innovations start. 

"There are some additional benefits beyond editorial cooperation for these defence professional organisations," said NAVAL FORCES Co-Publisher, Stephen Elliott Esq., "However, they will have to  engage with us in a meaningful discussion about this. The publications of the Mönch Publishing Group reflect the professionalism, integrity, longevity and dedication to all defence technologies, strategies and issues - unlike very many in our business arena these days.  As a family-owned and managed defence and security publishing group, spanning three generations, we offer the world a relationship."

The NTD has been under the care and progressive leadership of Kurt Birger Jensen, a retired and highly-decorated Rear Admiral from the Danish Navy, for the past several years.

Originally, Naval Team Denmark was founded in 1992 and subsequently approved by parliamentarian authorities in 1995.The organization works in close cooperation with the Royal Danish Navy and the Danish Defence.

Naval Team Denmark was formed as a response to the international interest caused by the innovative and trend setting Standard Flex modular concept and its application in the fourteen Standard Flex 300 units. In the course of time focus has also been on many other advanced naval systems offered by Naval Team Denmark members, systems that are not directly linked to the application to the Standard Flex concept but have proved competitive and applicable to other types of naval ships. However it is noteworthy, that the modular idea is still reflected in all ships. (See NAVAL FORCES issue III/2014)

Elliott also noted that: "Perhaps as many of 98% of the companies we write about do not advertise with us; however, the 2% that do, benefit exponentially.  this goes for our trade and professional association partners as well - at no cost. Where else in the world can anyone find that loyalty - other than a family dog?"

More information about Naval Team Denmark can be found via Naval Team Denmark's new office is situated in Amaliegade 33 B in the building of Danish Shipowners' Association.

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.

NOTE: See NAVAL FORCES III/2014 for more insights into the Turkish Navy, its NATO operations, centre of excellence, and other important and relevant topics. Available after 19 May 2014 by contacting or visiting

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.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

BALT MILITARY EXPO 2014 Announces Special for Visitors

GDAŃSK, 24-26 June 2014 – BALT MILITARY EXPO offers free of charge entrance for those registering online prior to 31 May 2014  perfect for those defence and security professionals faced with very tight budgets!  Please visit,VISITORS,pid,2201.html to take full advantage of this generous offer. 

The only exposition for the Baltic Region, providing the advantage of being held in close partnership with Poland’s General Command of Branches of Armed Forces Inspectorate for the Navy. Organised since 1998, Balt Military Expo 2014  has the closest ties to the sea and coast. It focuses on maritime safety and security, the latest defence systems, sea and land rescue and is dedicated to the Polish Navy, to other types of armed forces and to the services subject to Poland’s Ministry of Interior.  What better publication than NAVAL FORCES, the world's leading Naval Defence and Maritime Security journal, to be the Balt Military Expo 2014's Official Naval Media Partner?

The Polish Navy and  other armed forces are in the process of implementing the Technical Upgrade Plan Border Guard, Police and State Fire Services. The Polish Armed Forces and National / Homeland Security Services look forward to seeing the products from weaponry, personnel equipment and mechanical manufacturers, providing opportunities for companies in the region and internationally to take part in their upgrade processes.
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Balt Military Expo 2014 provides an excellent chance to see and showcase the latest ground-breaking products and solutions dedicated to armed forces. This is an ideal complementing predecessor to MSPO later in the year held in Poland’s land forces heartland.

Visit the NAVAL FORCES magazine team at Balt Military Expo 2014  and pick up a complementary copy of any one of Mönch Publishing Groups' seven leading defence publications.

NAVAL FORCES Lands in West Africa

As the Official International Naval Media Partner of Maritime & Coastal Security West Africa (Accra: 19-21 November 2014) we are providing the following news digest in cooperation with "MCSA" West Africa.  For more info on this event, contact Taryn van Santen ( or Carly Ballan ( Please refer to NAVAL FORCES Magazine or teh Mönch Publishing Group when making enquiries about these events.

 Please refer to NAVAL FORCES issue II/2014 for the most recent analysis, information and news for the Naval Defence and Maritime Security space.

In the meantime,  NAVAL FORCES III/2014 will have bonus distribution at some of the most significant expositions in the Northern Hemisphere.

East Africa: Regional security chiefs put terror groups on notice
Terrorist groups in the region have been put on notice as the region brings closer the date for putting in place a standby force expected to be in place by December. The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) had earlier been planned to be operational in December 2015, according to a road map drawn by the African Union.

UN calls for South Sudan massacre investigation
The United Nations Security Council has asked for an urgent investigation into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to “take additional measures” if there are more attacks on civilians.

SPLM-N announce deal to negotiate framework agreement as Sudan says rebels wasting time
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) announced that they have agreed to negotiate a framework agreement with the Sudanese government, while the latter described the move negatively as “a return to zero point”.

EAC leaders to convene over South Sudan
Faced with a never-ending conflict in South Sudan, Heads of State in the East Africa Community bloc have this week summoned an extra-ordinary summit in Arusha-Tanzania on Wednesday.

Maritime security issues in East Africa to be discussed at MCSA in Tanzania!
Maritime piracy is still a major issue in East Africa and military forces across the board are making a concerted effort to up-skill and build capacity for maritime, air and landward forces.

Kenyan president says Tourism Sector 'on its knees' after attacks
Kenya's vital tourism sector is "on its knees" after attacks by al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants carried out in retaliation for its intervention in neighboring Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday.

Ghana Police increase public protection
Ghana parliamentarians have asked the police to increase protection for legislators and the population after expressing concern about the recent surge in unsolved murders in the country, especially in the capital, Accra and surrounding areas.

Troops blow up bombers in north Nigeria, 21 dead
Multiple explosions blasted near an oil depot outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday and the military said soldiers blew up three vehicles laden with explosives. A fourth vehicle exploded, apparently set off by a suicide bomber.

East Africa's great new oil game
The eruption of fighting in South Sudan brought East Africa's political crises into sharp focus at a time of optimism about the region's economic take-off. Undaunted, analysts point to fast-improving transport links and new oil and gas discoveries. Read more
Africa: Towards a Euro-African alliance for peace, security and development
An idea to develop a new impetus in Africa-Europe relations on the eve of the 4th EU-Africa Summit

Kenyatta urges EAC to prioritize security, review Treaty
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday urged the EAC member states to prioritize cooperation in defence and security sectors. Kenyatta told the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha that terrorism remains a serious security threat to the Community. Read more

Former Aegis BMD Director Offers Future Operational Insights at MAST

Renowned Rear Admiral (ret.) Brad Hicks, now Vice President of IWW BD for Lockheed Martin, will present “The Evolution of Aegis BMD” at MAST EurAsia, Istanbul this month.

Sometimes referred to as “Mr BMD” - and certainly one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject - the session will be highly engaging, as BMD is expected to be a major topic for MAST Asia 2015 in Japan (Yokohama, 13th to 15th May 2015), this session provides the perfect prologue.

RADM Hicks’ presentation is a feature session in the MAST timetable and is free-of-charge to all participants at this year’s event, regardless of registration badge status i.e. Visitor, Delegate, Exhibitor, etc. If you arrive the "B Sessions" room on Wednesday, 21 May, before 13:30hrs,  then you have a fair chance for an excellent seat.

In the adjacent exhibition, you will be able to meet representatives from Lockheed Martin (Aegis Weapon System), Raytheon (RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 [SM-3]), and sub-contractors of the US Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Would be delegates / attendees / visitors should register ASAP - there is only one week left for pre-show conference discount.  If you intend to visit the MAST Conference sessions this month in Istanbul, you should complete your registration before 17th May to get the best available rate....AND don't forget to obtain your visa for visiting Turkey online before travelling there.  It takes a few minutes to avoid disappointment.

MAST Technical Conference Committee

The nucleus of MAST’s organisation and core values, is its Technical Conference Committee (TCC).  This is an un-paralleled team of highly-respected senior-level government, research and development, academic and industry leaders.
The TCC is instrumental at every stage of the conference, including paper solicitation, presentation selection and delivery processes; managing abstracts in Topic Teams, and ensuring on-site conference session quality as Session Chairs.

The 2014 Committee Chairman is Rear Admiral (ret'd) M. Savas Onur, Naval Projects Director – STM (Defence Technologies Engineering, Inc.) Turkey, and he is supported by the following Executive Advisors and Committee Chairmen and Chairwomen:

Rear-Admiral (ret'd) Bertil Bjorkman
Ex-Director, Produktion – FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration)

Fleet Admiral (ret'd) Jedrzej Czajkowski
– Polish Navy

Rear Admiral (ret'd) Phil (John P.) Davis
Vice President and Executive Director – American Systems Corporation
United States

Dr. Hans Dieter Ehrenberg
Head of Marine Systems Development, Defence & Communications Systems – ATLAS Elektronik

Admiral (ret'd) Richard W. Mies
– The Mies Group, LTD
United States

Rear Admiral (ret'd) John Padgett
President – Naval Submarine League
United States

Rear Admiral (ret'd) Kate Paige
President, Mark India LLC & Special Advisor to U.S. Strategic Command's Strategic Advisory Board – US MoD
United States
Fleet Admiral (ret) Xavier Rolin
Advisor to CEO – Thales Group

Dr. John Sirmalis
Technical Director (ret'd), Naval Undersea Warfare Center – NAVSEA
United States

US DoD/Navy Liaison
Donald F. McCormack
Technical Director, Naval Undersea Warfare Center & Naval Surface Warfare Center – NAVSEA
United States

Surface Committee Chair
Dr. Hans Dieter Ehrenberg
Head of Marine Systems Development, Defence & Communications Systems – ATLAS Elektronik

Undersea Committee Chair
Jerry Bradshaw
Senior Consulting Engineer – Rite Solutions
United States

Air & Space Committee Chair
Rear Admiral (ret'd) Charles J. Beers
Former Vice President - Maritime Systems – Lockheed Martin Corporation
United States

Committee Members
Mr Giuseppino "Pino" Bellossi
Manager of Institutional Relations & Special Projects – Orizzonte Sistemi Navali

Professor Rafael Hervias Bellido
Professor of Naval Combat Systems – Politechnical University of Cartagena and Escuela Tecnica Superior de Armas Navales

Dr. Roger Berg
R&D Manager – Kockums

Janis Cocking
Chief Maritime Division – DSTO

Captain Jan Dobkowski
R&D Director – R&D Marine Technology Centre

Rear Admiral (ret.) Radamanthys Fountoulakis
– AMI International

Captain Kunio Fujisawa
Senior Manager, Radio Application Division – NEC Corporation

Lyn-Markus Giersch
Office for Defence Procurement (Naval branch) – BAAINBw: Federal Office of Defense Technology, Procurement and In-Service Support

Andreas Grunicke
Director Conceptual Design/Submarine Projects – HDW

Mr Keisuke Harada
Technical Official, Technical Research and Development Institute – Ministry of Defence

David Hardie
Technical Manager - MOD Advice Division – ATLAS Elektronik UK
 United Kingdom

Captain (ret.) R. Cameron Ingram
Tidewater Business Development Principal – Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2)
 United States

Patrick Keyzer
Business Developer Maritime Operations – TNO Defence, Security & Safety

Professor Yuriy Korol
Director – Shipbuilding Institute

Mr. Hüseyin Kutluca
Product Manager – Milsoft Yazılım Teknolojileri A.Ş

Professor Qihu Li
Professor – Institute of Acoustics

Roger Mathias
Board Member – Review Board Government Contracting
United Kingdom

George McNamara
Chief Development Officer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center – NAVSEA
United States

Bill Mildon
Nest Technical Services Inc.
United States

Bernie Myers
Technical Consultant, Naval Undersea Warfare Center – NAVSEA
United States

Rear Admiral (ret.) Hank Ort
Director – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
* see NAVAL FORCES CMRE Special Issue 2013

Professor Kirill Rozhdestvensky
Vice-Rector, International Science & Education – St Petersburg State Marine Technical University

Colonel (NS) Ng Seng Leong
Ministry of Defence

Commodore (ret.) Patrick Tyrrell
Director – Vale Atlantic
United Kingdom

Captain Bo Wallander
Director New Project Development – Saab Microwave Systems

Patricia Woody
Department Head (C/90), Naval Surface Warfare Center – NAVSEA
United States

Dr. David Wyllie
Associate – AADI Defence

Rear Admiral (ret.) Fusahiko Yamasaku
Advisor, Public Business Unit – NEC Corporation

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Royal Navy Stands Down from MH370 Black Box Search 
HMS Echo has joined HMS Tireless in standing down from the search for the signal from the black box of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The decision comes after the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft is now moving into a new phase (Pundits see terminology as expressing the "hopeless" or "unlikelihood" of locating the aircraft - ed.)

Survey ship HMS Echo and submarine HMS Tireless played an important role in the hunt for the black box signal by using their specialist sonar capabilities.

But with the Australian command assessing that there is no prospect of further acoustic detections associated with the aircraft’s black box, HMS Tireless and HMS Echo have both been stood down.

The UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “The search for the black box signal has been an extremely challenging operation and, while we all hoped for a faster and more conclusive result, I am very proud of the contribution British forces have been able to make as part of this complex international effort. HMS Tireless and HMS Echo will be withdrawn, but we remain ready to provide further appropriate assistance as and when required.”

The commanding officer of HMS Echo, Commander Phillip Newell, said: “The search for MH370 has required my ship and her company to work 24/7 in order to assist with the international effort

“We have faced numerous challenges, not least the sheer size of the search area and the environmental conditions of the southern Indian Ocean.

“As the search moves into the next phase, we sincerely hope that the autonomous underwater vehicles being used by our colleagues are able to provide concrete results in the search for answers as to the fate of the plane.”
Source: Royal Navy, May 2, 2014

Astinave Hires Damen for Ecuadorian CG’s Fourth Patrol Vessel

Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave EP) has recently awarded Damen Shipyards Group the contract for a fourth Patrol Vessel of the Damen Stan Patrol 2606 type.
Astinave Hires Damen for Ecuadorian CG's Fourth Patrol Vessel
This contract represents the last of this SPa 2606 series for the Ecuadorian Coastguard to be built locally.

In Guayaquil, Damen will deliver the detailed engineering of the vessel together with a complete material package. The Ecuadorian Coastguard presently operates three Damen Stan Patrols 2606, all of them having a length of 26.50 m (87 ft), outfitted with state of the art equipment and reaching 30 knots.

Considering Astinave’s experience, gained in the previous projects, in building these kinds of constructions, it will not be necessary to make use of on-site technical assistance from Damen for this project. This signifies the fact that a real transfer of knowledge and technology has taken place, a process which started more than 10 years ago when the Strategic Alliance Framework Agreement was signed between Damen and Astinave.

In the last few years Astinave has built a great number of vessels in cooperation with Damen, including tugs, cutter suction dredgers, fast crew suppliers and patrol vessels.

In addition, Damen organised the process in such a way that Astinave actively expanded its shipbuilding knowledge, including building ships according to the Damen Standard. The company’s personnel received theoretical and practical training at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Damen’s HQ in the Netherlands) and other locations in order to mutually achieve a high level of quality in present and future projects.
Source:  Damen, May 2, 2014

Friday, 2 May 2014

NAVAL FORCES and Sister Publication RIVISTA ITALIANA DIFESA Join forces for Maritime Interdiction Operations 2014

GENOA & BONN - 6 May 2014 - NAVAL FORCES, the world's most trusted and largest circulation international Naval Defence and Maritime Security publication, and RIVISTA ITALIANA DIFESA, Italy's best tri-service defence publication, are to join forces as Official Media Partners for TDNUK's Maritime Interdiction Operations 2014

It is no secret that the role of the modern day naval force has changed over recent years to focus on providing international maritime security. This  means that the rules - and precautions - of engagement have changed as well. 

The sharp end of any operation lies with the ability to intercept, dissuade and prevent individuals and organisations who utilise the seas for illegal activities - including dangerous human trafficking of economic migrants.

A new array of  equipment, systems and technologies - and new applications of existing solutions - enter the fray as well.  This requires much debate, discussion, and building of consensus as to what can be executed in which situations to accomplish commonly held missions and goals.

Maritime Interdiction Operations 2014 provides the Navies, Coastguards, Maritime Police, Customs and Border Control with a unique opportunity to gain a clear understanding of future requirements and capabilities for interdiction operations.

According to the organisers, TDNUK, the key focus areas are: 
  • Interception and Boarding
  • Lethality
  • Survivability
  • C4ISTAR & Situational Awareness
  • Air platforms (Fixed & Rotary)
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Launch & Recovery
  • Training & Simulation
Hence, NAVAL FORCES and RIVISTA ITALIANA DIFESA is looking forward to working with TDNUK on the Maritime Interdiction Operations 2014 , which is supported at the highest levels of national and international bodies addressing these unique - yet expanding - operations. 

The conference will be an international hub, bringing together Navies and Coastguards to debate future concepts and analyse equipment requirements.  NAVAL FORCES and RIVISTA ITALIANA DIFESA are pleased to be a part of this conference.