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

Conference Day Three: Global Upgrades and Acquisitions

Day three of the conference will examine non-European upgrades to existing fleets, as well as future plans and acquisitions. As the OPV continues to demonstrate sophisticated C2 and situational awareness capabilities, there are new opportunities to leverage the vessel as part of the broader naval network. The OPV must be increasingly interoperable and data-driven, if it is to exceed the limits of conventional maritime security operations to enable the future surface fleet.

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 THE ROYAL NAVY OF OMAN’S EXPERIENCE OF OPERATING OPVs

Captain Ali bin Moosa bin Sulieman Al Balushi - Director of Operations Royal Navy of Oman
  • Operating the Al-Afouq Class patrol vessels as a satisfactory replacement for fast attack craft patrol vessels
  • Sustaining a rapid patrol capability in an extended area of operations
  • Balancing the capabilities of the corvette and the patrol vessel. Improving survivability to support maritime security enforcement for the complex environment
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Captain Ali bin Moosa bin Sulieman Al Balushi

Director of Operations
Royal Navy of Oman

9:55 am - 10:35 am ACQUIRING OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS TO SUPPORT THE GHANA NAVY’S ENFORCEMENT OF REGIONAL MARITIME SECURITY

Commodore Isaac Osei-Kuffuor - Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command Ghana Navy
  • Meeting the requirements of maritime security enforcement in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Delivering a capability which is interoperable with existing regional assets. Supporting information exchange for Ghana’s future vessels
  • Identifying the necessary baseline capability for Ghana’s OPV requirement. Delivering a robust multi-role platform which can detect, deter and respond to piracy and drug smuggling
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Commodore Isaac Osei-Kuffuor

Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command
Ghana Navy

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

11:15 am - 11:55 am SUSTAINING JAMAICA’S UPDATED OPV CAPABILITY

Captain Chin Fong - Inspector General Jamaica Defence Force
  • Integrating an updated surface fleet to enhance maritime security in the Caribbean
  • Avoiding delayed detection and response in JDF’s AOR
  • Delivering a support model which can support the decisive contribution of the OPV to regional security enforcement
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Captain Chin Fong

Inspector General
Jamaica Defence Force

11:55 am - 12:35 pm ENHANCING C2 AND SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE OPV

First Admiral Muhammad Ruzelme bin Ahmad Fahimy - Commander Readiness Command Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Operational experiences of deploying the RMN’s updated OPV fleet. Deploying effectively in the littoral zone
  • Improving the accuracy of short-range detection for smaller threats 
  • Improving command and control on mission by enhancing sensor fusion on board. Taking advantage of improved sensing to deliver rapid response
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First Admiral Muhammad Ruzelme bin Ahmad Fahimy

Commander Readiness Command
Royal Malaysian Navy

  • Assessing the OPV’s viability as a capability within the current threat context. How can the platform serve as an effective force multiplier for the fleet?
  • Leveraging the situational awareness and C2 capabilities of the OPV to support more rapid detection and response
  • What level of survivability does the OPV need to attain if it is to be deployed to a more complex operating environment? 
  • Better networking the OPV in the context of joint operations
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Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN)

Conference Chair
Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018

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Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman

Director General
Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (Tentative)

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Commodore Isaac Osei-Kuffuor

Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command
Ghana Navy

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First Admiral Muhammad Ruzelme bin Ahmad Fahimy

Commander Readiness Command
Royal Malaysian Navy

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Flag Officer

Navy Command
Royal Thai Navy

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:15 pm - 2:55 pm DEPLOYING THE OPV AS A COMMAND SHIP IN THE CONTEXT OF MARITIME SECURITY ENFORCEMENT

Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman - Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (Tentative)
  • Deploying the new Hingol-class maritime patrol vessel to support a robust approach to the demands of search and rescue and EEZ operations
  • Leveraging OPVs and MPVs as task-force command ships to coordinate an integrated response to regional security threats
  • Exceeding baseline maritime security and policing. What are the OPV’s limits as a maritime security enforcer, and how should they be armed to contribute effectively to counter-piracy?
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Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman

Director General
Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (Tentative)

2:55 pm - 3:35 pm ADJUSTING FOR A DIVERSE MISSION BRIEF

Flag Officer - Navy Command Royal Thai Navy
  • Arming the RTN’s next generation of OPVs to support enhanced survivability for deployed operations
  • Coping with a diverse mission brief; balancing the capabilities of the OPV to support both routine maritime patrol and disaster relief operations
  • Expanding the vessel’s range by developing on-board sensors and propulsion
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Flag Officer

Navy Command
Royal Thai Navy

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

CLOSING ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: A ROADMAP FOR FUTURE OPV DESIGN, DEPLOYMENT AND SUSTAINMENT

  • Is there really a supporting role for the OPV in the warfighting context?
  • Should enhanced survivability be an integral feature of the next generation of OPVs?
  • Does the future OPV need to be more heavily armed if it is to support intelligence-gathering from the backline?
  • How much offensive capability is too much? The OPV as a credible deterrent
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Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN)

Conference Chair
Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018

ROUNDTABLE B

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm ROUNDTABLE B: THE OPV AS ENABLER
  • What are the obstacles to enhanced data fusion for the OPV? 
  • How can the C4ISR capabilities of the OPV be leveraged to support heightened domain awareness for the surface fleet?
  • Finding opportunities to improve the accurate detection and validation of maritime threats. Increasing surveillance range

ROUNDTABLE C

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm ROUNDTABLE C: DIGITAL SHIPS
Robert Veal - Lecturer In Law University of Southampton
  • How can automation and digital capability be baked-in at the design phase?
  • Automation and international maritime law. Establishing a realistic timeline for applying automation to the naval surface fleet
  • How can predictive approaches to maintenance be integrated within the OPV support model?
  • Making enhanced condition-monitoring a feature of future builds. Investing in a longer life cycle from point of procurement
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Robert Veal

Lecturer In Law
University of Southampton

ROUNDTABLE D

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm ROUNDTABLE D: MODULARITY BY DESIGN
  • Implementing modularity from the design phase to support multiple mission sets
  • How can modularity be made a feature of design without compromising on baseline capability?
  • Rapidly adding capability. Creating a blueprint which allows for “plug and play” modular capability

ROUNDTABLE E

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm ROUNDTABLE E: THE FUTURE MARITIME SECURITY ENVIRONMENT
Nick Childs - Senior Fellow, Naval Forces & Maritime Security IISS
  • Assessing the requirements of multiple maritime security missions. Counter-piracy versus EEZ protection, counter-narcotics and search and rescue
  • Training the OPV crew to adapt to a broad mission brief
  • Does the future threat landscape require a fresh approach to OPV capability development?
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Nick Childs

Senior Fellow, Naval Forces & Maritime Security
IISS

ROUNDTABLE F

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm ROUNDTABLE F: UNMANNED SYSTEMS
  • Launching unmanned systems from the OPV. Challenges for integration and training
  • Using the unmanned platform to heighten situational awareness for the patrol vessel
  • Finding space to store and operate unmanned platforms from aboard the ship. Taking advantage of modularity

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Q&A: ROUNDTABLE MODERATORS FEEDBACK TO THE CONFERENCE CHAIR

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE