20th - 23rd March 2018
Portsmouth, UK
Focus Day 20th March

Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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‘Ensuring an interoperable and standardised response’

As nations aim to acquire both standoff and organic capabilities, maritime aviation has become the critical asset during a time of changing priorities. Air assets can enable constant deterrence via greater range, speed and accuracy when providing surveillance to hunt enemy submarines.

Recent events have highlighted the effects of diminishing numbers of MPAs/ MPHs, resulting in Fleets being vulnerable to surveillance and ultimately attack. The focus day will examine how aircraft can continue to be a key contributor for ASW and surveillance. It aims to identify potential improvements in current capabilities and what transitions are necessary for the future.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE MA FRAeS RN (Retd), Former Assistance Director Carrier Strike & Aviation, Royal Navy


Manmade and natural interference creates a cluttered environment where enemy forces can easily conceal their position. Aircraft augment Fleet’s lethality through precision and enabling fast attacks at distance, but within congested environments it is best deployed alongside other assets. This section examines current technological developments and strategies to maintain a dominant force posture.

9:30 -

Using aircraft to increase the precision and range of an ASW networked environment

  • How allied interoperability ensures optimal ASW
  • Overcoming shared data exploitation to enable coherent communication
  • Ensuring effective collaboration to negate capability disparities between nations

Commodore Andreas Vettos, Representative Hellenic Navy, Deputy Chief of Staff, NATO Maritime

10:00 -

Delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class to the Fleet

  • Post ’99 SDSR: A 15 year programme in the making
  • Future trials and delivery plan
  • Moving towards Carrier Strike 2020

Captain Mark Blackmore, DACOS (Carrier Strike), Royal Navy

10:30 -

Canadian airborne ASW capabiliites and future requirements

  • Aurora modernisation incremental program: modernising the CP-140 sensor and mission systems
  • Training and conversion from Sea King to Cyclone helicopters: overview of initial operating capabilities
  • Next generation acquisition: replace the CP-140 with multi mission aircraft by 2030

Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Cook, Director Air Requirements (Maritime Air), Royal Canadian Air Force

11:00 -

Coffee and Networking


Multi static technology can provide the key to exploiting information, but whilst it is no longer a juvenile concept its application is still in its infancy. Currently there is a lack of synchronisation amongst capability and technology and the concept must mature to become a useable operational asset. Here we explore current developments and pioneering technology to equip Navies.

11:30 -

P-8A / Triton / TacMobile "Family of Systems Approach" to next generation ASW

  • Importance of the Long-range maritime patrol partnership in the Atlantic
  • Analysing investment priorities between MPA vs MPH
  • Potential solutions for improving sensors and connectivity for the airborne ASW community

Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad, Commander Patrol & Reconnaissance Group, US Navy

12:00 -

Update on the UK’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft programme

  • The post SDSR 2015 requirement and COTs acquisition
  • The UK programme including possible ASW, ASuW and SAR capabilities
  • Progress to date and planned allied cooperation programmes

Wing Commander Richard Berry, UK MPA P-8A Acquisition Programme Manager, Royal Air Force

12:30 -

Hardening autonomous aerial vehicles against adversaries

  • Technology to overcome enemy interference
  • Feedback from flight operations and classification
  • Look to future requirements and calls for research

Colonel Assoc Prof PhD Slawomir Augustyn, Cheif of staff, Polish Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies (I3TO)

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


Unmanned technology is high on the list of priorities for those looking at Naval capabilities, but full operational dependency is beyond the reach of many aspiring to effectively hunt and track submarines. Thought must be given to the maturity of these systems and how they are prepared for underwater warfare; are they fully protected from attack by adversaries, are they evolved and ready for combat?

14:00 -

Emerging challenges for alliance airborne ASW

  • Summary of findings in the recent JAPCC study ‘A Forecast for Alliance Airborne ASW’
  • Technical evolutions changing the game
  • Emerging global trends impacting NATO’s ASW force

Captain William Perkins USN, Maritime Air Section Head, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

14:30 -

Future of ASW Maritime Aviation; role of UAVs/MPAs in future ASW

  • How new technology will fit in the RN ASW role
  • Integrating technology across different platforms
  • Future considerations of underwater ASW

Lieutenant Commander Aidan Riley, Merlin Capability Manager, Royal Navy

15:00 -

Chairman’s summary

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE MA FRAeS RN (Retd), Former Assistance Director Carrier Strike & Aviation, Royal Navy

Maximising MCM Capabilities

With mine detection assets from many Fleets reaching the end of their service life, there has been a push to upgrade mine countermeasure (MCM) capabilities such as sonar, diving and unmanned vehicles. The challenge for capability managers is to establish whether specialist vessels or offboard systems are the best option for Navies looking to focus their efforts on acquiring and sustaining effective MCM.

Power projection missions are increasingly being challenged by a range of anti-access and area denial strategies including the use of mines. It is for this reason and the type of current operations that MCM vessels are the workhorse of the modern Navy. The MCM focus day will examine the implications for MCM and look at what tactics and technology can offer in wresting the initiative away from the defending force.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Commodore (Retd) David Burton, Strategy Director, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation


In spite of autonomous developments surface ships remain the stalwart of effective MCM, but this comes at a heavy price due to the specialist materials required to mitigate magnetic signature. With several countries requiring imminent solutions to the next generation of MCM vessels questions are being asked about multi mission versus dedicated platforms, and this session will explore some of the options available.

09:30 -

MHC Programme (Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability)

  • Delivering the MHC assessment phase
  • Exploiting autonomous technology – opportunities and challenges
  • Technology demonstrator programmes

Commander Mark Savage OBE, Maritime Capability – Minor War Vessels, Royal Navy

Alex du Pré, Team Leader Mine Countermeasure and Hydrographic Capability, UK MoD DE&S Ships

10:00 -

AQS-24B Mine Hunting Synthetic Aperture Sonar at Unmanned Warrior 2016

  • High resolution side scan sonar for real time detection at high coverage rates
  • High resolution sonars in a cluttered environment
  • Agility of unmanned minehunting

Daniel Pressler,, Mine Warfare Project Manager, Northrop Grumman

10:30 -

Netherlands/Belgium binational MCM replacement capability

  • Binational cooperation MCM
  • Future MCM concept
  • The future MCM replacement programme

Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Head NMCM, Belgian Navy

Lieutenant Commander Jasper Bol, Staff Officer – Naval Plans & Requirements, Netherlands MoD

11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) offer a compelling method of disarming/destroying mines covertly and at low risk to human life. Hardware development is well established and the struggle now lies with integrating, powering and connecting internal software. This session looks at the current realities of UUVs, their utility and at what technical solutions may exist to overcome some of the major challenges.


Future MCM operations using unmanned maritime systems (UMS)

  • Transforming mine hunting and mine sweeping using UMS
  • Collaborative MCM operational concepts with UMS and MCMVs
  • Expanding the mission set of offboard systems for MCM Fleets

Dave Berry, Sales & Product Manager MCM, Atlas Elektronik UK

12:00 -

Developments and overview of CMRE’s Autonomous Naval MCM (ANMCM) Programme

  • The use of simultaneous multiple vehicles in the water to accelerate MCM timeline
  • Distributed autonomous intelligent sensing and actuating networks as future drivers
  • The role of international S&T organisations in driving consensus

Dr Samantha Dugelay, Project Manager for Collaborative Autonomous MCM, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

12:30 -

Operating unmanned vehicles in austere military missions

  • Using Teledyne Marine UUVs to overcome problems associated with heat, ice, and depth
  • System sensor packages for observation and intervention
  • Next generation modifications being considered for UUV platforms

Sean Newsome, Business Development – Middle East, Teledyne Marine

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


The drive to achieve deep water survey capabilities using off board systems is boosting interest and investment in increasingly sophisticated sonar technology. As Fleets align themselves to overcome increasing military activity in the underwater arena the long term strategy for improved hydrography, sonar and detection must be discussed.

14:00 -

Changing perceptions in Underwater Defence & Security: The march of technology

  • Technical and processing developments that are shaping the underwater revolution
  • Lower costs and unmanned systems
  • What opportunities there are for industry

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord 2013-2016, Consultant, Liquid Robotics

14:30 -

Hell Bay 4 demonstrations in Unmanned Warrior

  • World first: 10 air, UW & surface vehicles operating simultaneously to prosecute MCM
  • Demonstration results, their significance and the respective multinational contributions
  • Impact of Maritime Autonomy Framework, including integrated C2 using ACER MCM C2

Phil Brown, Principle Scientist, UK MoD DSTL

Bill Biggs, Autonomy – Campaign Leader, QinetiQ

15:00 -

FUSION: Next generation multifunction underwater vehicle

  • Improving operational efficiency with intuitive hybrid (AUV/ROV/DIVER) design
  • Augmented capability through forward looking development practices
  • Enhanced sensor feedback, automation control and data management

Jesse Rodocker, President, Strategic Robotic Systems

15:30 -

Chairman’s Summary

Commodore (Retd) David Burton, Strategy Director, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation



Recent technological developments have increased the options for conducting Underwater Defence & Security operations using remotely controlled or autonomous vehicles. As military budgets struggle to deliver the full range of capabilities needed using conventional, manned platforms there is increasing pressure to find less costly and more effective solutions; unmanned systems may assist in this quest.

Underwater Defence & Security 2017 will analyse the opportunities being presented by the introduction of unmanned systems in the ASW, submarine warfare, ISR, MCM and Underwater Security environments and examine the conceptual challenges which they potentially pose.

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy


Off board, remote, unmanned and autonomous technology present opportunities to either supplement or replace conventional systems and increase capabilities. Over 40 countries now operate some form of this technology and this session will analyse some of these platforms, whilst considering their potential impact on the underwater battlespace.

09:00 -

Polish update on Naval Armament requirements for 3 rd Flotilla

  • An overview of current capabilities including phasing out the Cobham class submarine
  • Feedback from current exercises and operations including Standing Maritime Group activities
  • Future acquisition plan including frigates, submarines, corvettes and OPVs

Rear Admiral Krysztof Jaworski, Commander of 3 rd Flotilla, Polish Navy

09:30 -

Managing the transition to Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) in the underwater domain

  • Overcoming the challenges of Integrating MAS into maritime force structures
  • Exploiting unmanned/autonomous systems in congested/contested environments
  • Capitalising on MAS potential through the evolution of sensor technologies

Stuart Robinson, Business Development Director Underwater Systems, Thales

10:00 -

UNMANNED WARRIOR and its impact on the future of UDS

  • Current threats shaping NATO requirements to protect its allies
  • Aims of the exercise including reducing the need of manned requirements within operations
  • Lessons to help ensure effective collaboration for development of capability disparities

Commander Pete Pipkin, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

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A proliferation of underwater threats highlights the requirement for an increased focus on security and self- defence capabilities for UW, surface and air platforms. Some new programmes are phasing out organic ASW capabilities completely in favour of off board air/Ux sensors. This session will consider the contribution of new technology, its integration and fusion with current systems.

11:15 -

The way forward for sensors and effectors in torpedo defence

  • Sensor concepts for optimal torpedo detection
  • Challenges in torpedo defence
  • Modern torpedo countermeasures

Thorsten Bochentin, Director Business Development Underwater Warfare, Atlas Elektronik

Sascha Wuerker, Product Manager Anti-Submarine Warfare, Atlas Elektronik

11:45 -

Meeting current & future challenges in littoral ASW with lightweight torpedoes (TS47)

  • Overcoming Baltic ASW operating conditions, cost efficiencies and requirement harmonization
  • Critical success factors including national UW strategy and a torpedo system development
  • Key functionalities for TS47 in order to meet the Baltic Sea conditions

Lieutenant Magnus Lind, Project Manager New Lightweight Torpedo System (NLT/TS47), FMV

Anders Svensson, Product Manager Torpedo System, FMV

12:15 -

Surface subsurface capability

  • SubSea Craft's Diver Delivery Unit - design and build rationale
  • Capability enhancement for maritime operations
  • Maturity and beyond

Graham Allen, Chairman and CEO, SubSea Craft Ltd

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

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With an increasing number of countries owning submarines there is a developing trend towards remote controlled, networked and robotic technology that can find, identify and track targets. This session will identify some of these new platforms, the technology to find them and what steps countries are taking to acquire these capabilities.

14:00 -

A26: Swedish next generation AIP submarine

  • Design drivers for Swedish submarines; how littoral seas affect key design parameters
  • Programme timeline, challenges and solutions
  • A brief overview of the A26-submarine

Dr Fredrik Hellström, A26 Project Manager, FMV

14:30 -

Sea Wasp and AUV 62 AT Operations during UNMANNED WARRIOR

  • The practical employment of an autonomous ASW Target
  • Sea Wasp’s employment by the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Team
  • Lessons learned and next steps

Commander Chris Lade RN (Retd),, Defence Sales Manager, Saab

15:00 -

A coherent approach to enhancement of ASW for the Royal Thai Navy

  • Current capabilities of ASW in the Royal Thai Navy
  • Feedback from ASW exercises with other Navies
  • Future requirement for ASW capabilities

Commander Narunat Panckam, Staff Officer to Commander in Chief, Royal Thai Fleet

15:45 -

Coffee and networking

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The Underwater Defence & Security surface and subsurface community face a common threat that impacts all platforms: mines. These inexpensive, easily manufactured and easily laid devices can and do wreak havoc on Fleets. Yet there is a frightening lack of intelligence around their locations and usage. Countermeasures are time consuming and dangerous, and this session will examine some of the key issues to counter the mine threat.

16:15 -

MCM Operations for 4 th Flotilla and its continual role on contingency operations

  • Predicted mine stocks in current operating environments
  • Key issues identified from recent deployments
  • Opportunities for sonar improvements in future platform development

Captain Fredrik Palmquist, Commander 4 th Naval Warfare Flotilla, Swedish Navy

16:45 -

Integrating robotic systems into a multitude of UDS tasks

  • Current legacy MCM systems in need of review
  • Versatility of robotic innovations particularly in both mine and submarine detection
  • Integrating acute sensors to further improve remote controlled capabilities

Vice Admiral Christian Canova, Former Deputy Commander, Allied Maritime Command NATO

Marc Pinto, Former Head of MCM research group, NATO CMRE

17:15 -

Future Naval Mine Warfare Capability requirements for the German Navy

  • Roadmap to the 2017 decision for 2025 capabilities
  • Planned integration with Naval allies
  • Considerations for the use of next generation MCM ships/equipment

Commander Stefan Rings, Staff Officer Naval Mine Warfare, German Navy

17:45 -

USV underwater warfare: Challenges and solutions

  • From surface security missions USV to underwater missions
  • Deploying underwater sensors from an unmanned vessel and the limits of autonomy
  • Photos and videos from ASW/MCM tests and training missions

Commander (Retd) Amir Alon, Marketing Director Naval Systems Business Line, Elbit Systems ISTAR

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy

18:05 -

Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

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08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy


All those that play a part in Underwater Defence & Security face some common issues; power supply, remaining undetected and resupply being just a few. To really create synergy in Fleets effective communicationn is required so assets can be cued onto increasingly quiet targets. This session looks at the role of fusing this information for complete situational awareness.

09:00 -

Study results of maritime unmanned systems in the ASW Domain

  • Developing doctrine and concepts in line with technological developments
  • Modular implementation of unmanned systems into NATO tactics & other communication protocols
  • Next steps for ensuring a smooth and safe transition to autonomous/unmanned operations

Commander Gwenegan Le Bourhis, Transformation Branch, NATO Combined Joint Operations from the Sea COE

09:30 -

Maritime Autonomy and the Third Offset

  • The role of autonomy in future warfare
  • Maritime autonomy, behaviors, architecture, and collaboration
  • ACTUV program overview

Rear Admiral (Retd) Nevin Carr USN, Vice President - Navy Strategic Account Executive, Leidos

10:00 -

Research and development into networked multistatic maritime unmanned systems (MUS) for ASW

  • The potential value of MUS for ASW
  • Update on CMRE’s results for underwater unmanned multistatic networks
  • Engaging with the operational community and industry to develop requirements and solutions

Dr Kevin LePage, Principle Scientist ASW Program Manager, NATO CMRE

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Whether operating from land or sea, airborne assets are a significant boost to the ASW capability of a Fleet. Recent incursions into exclusive economic zones have highlighted the need for international co-operation, and this session will identify what factors can aid in maximising the abilities of airborne ASW.

11:15 -

Sensing air networks for ASW

  • Importance of quick & efficient communications for network settings
  • Potential of air networks combined with surface pictures to augment ASW capability
  • Results and lessons learned from participation in recent ASW exercises

Captain Claudio Carrasco, Chief of Staff Naval Aviation, Chilean Navy

11:45 -

Modelling and simulation: The key to unlocking multistatic capabilities

  • Pervasive hurdles in developing a mature multistatic acoustic capability
  • Prediction and planning as the key link to synchronization of tech and capability
  • Moving forward with the end user

Steven Murphy, Senior Systems Engineer, Saab

12:15 -

Ensuring precision and range for protection of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier

  • Peak C2 interoperability within a multi static network
  • Fusing data across sensors such as sonobuoys and surface ships to optimise detection
  • A look forward to contingency operations and how best to prepare the Fleet

Lieutenant Commander Ian Varley, Deputy Force Commander Merlin, Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Ashley Smith, Merlin Force Aviation Warfare Officer, Royal Navy

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


As the complexity and frequency of subsurface programmes increase, innovative solutions are required to keep the ASW community at the top of their game. To fully exploit the underwater domain, Commanders must have a deep understanding of more than just topography, temperatures and salinity. This session will explore the path to the next generation of UDS.

13:45 -

Maximizing Unmanned Potential in Seabed Warfare- a Multi-Domain, Multi-Faceted Approach

  • Holistic employment of MCM and ASW assets
  • Increasing Seabed Warfare area coverage and connectivity
  • Creative multi-domain operations supported by small and easy to use unmanned systems

Captain (Retd) Rand LeBouvier PhD USN, Head, Lightweight Autonomous Undersea Systems Portfolio, General Dynamics Mission Systems

14:15 -

NATO Underwater Warfare Working Group Panel: Mutually assured capabilities into the next decade

  • Doctrinal guidance vs equipment availability when considering the capabilities of MPA
  • Enabling MCM persistence through platform agility
  • The challenge of delivering and sustaining ASW suitably qualified and experienced personnel

Commander Holger Reich, NATO ASW Syndicate Chair, German MoD

Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Cook, NATO Maritime Air, Canadian Air Force

Lieutenant Commander David Botting, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Syndicate Chair, Canadian Navy

15:15 -

Chairman's summary and close of main conference

Rear Admiral Jon Westbrook, Former Chief of Staff NATO MCHQ, Royal Navy