25 - 27 September, 2018
Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Conference Day One: Turning to Meet the Future Operating Environment

The opening day of the conference will assess the role of the OPV within an evolving maritime security environment. As the mission brief grows increasingly diverse, and with higher-intensity maritime operations a possibility, there is a need to establish what the next generation of OPVs should look like, and to identify how the patrol vessel can be better integrated to support the operations of the wider battle and constabulary fleet. The discussion will necessarily raise topics including modularity, survivability and interoperability.

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

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Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN)

Conference Chair
Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018

9:15 am - 9:55 am OPENING KEYNOTE: ADAPTING TO FACE AN EVOLVING MARITIME SECURITY ENVIRONMENT

Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen - Norwegian Military Representative NATO
  • Placing NATO’s maritime security framework in a global context
  • Characterising the future threat in the maritime domain. Assessing NATO’s readiness for high-intensity operations at sea
  • Situating the OPV within the future surface fleet. How might the C4ISR capabilities of the OPV be leveraged to support deployed operations, and what that mean for the platform’s role? 
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Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen

Norwegian Military Representative
NATO

9:55 am - 10:35 am DEPLOYING THE CUTTERS TO ENFORCE US NATIONAL SECURITY

Captain Mark Davanzo - Incoming Chief, Office of Cutter Forces U.S. Coast Guard HQ
  • Supporting high endurance for the cutters on operation
  • Using the cutters as a command and control platform to support helicopter operations
  • Sustaining legacy vessels to best effect in readiness for long-range missions
  • Deploying USCG assets to support regional maritime security and to gap fill ashore communications in the immediate aftermath of disaster
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Captain Mark Davanzo

Incoming Chief, Office of Cutter Forces
U.S. Coast Guard HQ

10:35 am - 11:15 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:15 am - 11:55 am INTEROPERABLE MARITIME SECURITY: THE STATE ACTION AT SEA PRINCIPLE

Colonel Pascal Cheylan - Maritime Security Policy Secretariat De La Mer
  • Delivering multi-role capabilities which can deploy across the spectrum of maritime security missions
  • Fusing assets, information and training at a multinational level
  • Leveraging a joined up approach to maritime security enforcement. Networking surface vessels with airborne assets to support an effective response
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Colonel Pascal Cheylan

Maritime Security Policy
Secretariat De La Mer

11:55 am - 12:35 pm ENFORCING MARITIME SECURITY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Confirmed Representative - Operational Command EUNAVFOR Mediterranean
  • Outlining the role that Operation Sophia plays as part of the wider EU efforts to enhance maritime security off the coast of Libya
  • How does EUNAVFOR MED address the challenge of illegal migration in the Mediterranean and disrupt the Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking business model? 
  • The importance of the comprehensive approach and international coordination to support effective deterrence and prevention
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Confirmed Representative

Operational Command
EUNAVFOR Mediterranean

12:35 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm INTEGRATING MARITIME PATROL WITHIN THE IVORY COAST’S MARITIME SECURITY STRATEGY

Captain Charles Bamele - Operational Coordination Director Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea
  • Countering threats to economic security in the Gulf of Guinea. Protecting regional oil interests and countering arms and drug smuggling
  • Leveraging patrol vessels to support continuous maritime surveillance. Closing gaps in coverage
  • Putting the Ivory Coast’s maritime security strategy into practice. Developing regional parternships to lessen the demand on existing capability
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Captain Charles Bamele

Operational Coordination Director
Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm PATROLLING AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX MARITIME DOMAIN

Nick Childs - Senior Fellow, Naval Forces & Maritime Security IISS
  • Assessing the impact that an increasingly contested maritime domain will have on supposedly less complex maritime security and constabulary missions
  • Understanding how an evolving security environment might blur requirements for the future surface fleet
  • Situating the OPV within future operations. Determining a reasonable threshold for survivability and armament
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Nick Childs

Senior Fellow, Naval Forces & Maritime Security
IISS

  • How should the future threat context be characterised for the maritime domain? Does the threat of high-intensity operations necessitate a fresh approach to maritime security strategy and capability development?
  • Does the sheer volume of maritime security missions challenge the concept of a multi-mission OPV?
  • How can regional information sharing initiatives be improved to support multi-national approaches to maritime security enforcement?
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Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN)

Conference Chair
Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018

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Captain Mark Davanzo

Incoming Chief, Office of Cutter Forces
U.S. Coast Guard HQ

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Confirmed Representative

Operational Command
EUNAVFOR Mediterranean

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Captain Charles Bamele

Operational Coordination Director
Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea

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Colonel Pascal Cheylan

Maritime Security Policy
Secretariat De La Mer

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Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN)

Conference Chair
Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018