Conference Day Two: Sustainability By Design

Day Two will advance the approach to OPV design, build and sustainment. With reference to recent acquisitions and on-going procurements, it will identify the critical capabilities which need to be baked-in at the construction stage, including automation, and will assess the reasonable limits of modularity and open architecture design. This day will also target more sophisticated and predictive approaches to vessel maintenance, with a view not only to extending the life cycle of the platform, but to supporting the near-continuous operation necessary for a patrol-orientated platform. Post-lunch sessions will provide an opportunity to examine collaborative European approaches to maritime security enforcement, as a means to inform both future design and the demands of a multi-mission brief. The OPV as an advanced information-receiver will be an integral theme of the discussions.

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

9:00 am - 9:15 am CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

9:15 am - 9:45 am INTEGRATING THE ARCTIC OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS (AOPVS) AS PART OF A JOINED UP APPROACH TO MARITIME SECURITY

  • Exploiting the design of the Royal Canadian Navy’s AOPV’s to deliver an effective security and SAR presence within and without the Arctic
  • Using the OPV as an enabler to support warfare from the backline; the vessel as a command and control hub and long-range surveillance asset
  • Integrating helicopters and deployable land vehicles to increase the vessel’s ability to detect and respond
  • Delivering a reasonable baseline for tactical and strategic communications, and employing sea containers to enhance modularity and support a multi-role capability
  • Baking-in life cycle extension at the design phase
  • Delivering a technical architecture which will support a more predictive approach to status reporting and maintenance
  • Reducing risk during the design and build phase. Ensuring Spain’s OPVs serviceability and availability for operations. ESP Navy Condition-based maintenance(CBM) approach.
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Commander Cipriano Pereira

Programme Section, Logistics Division
Spanish Navy

10:15 am - 10:45 am INTEGRATING UPGRADED OPV CAPABILITY FOR THE PORTUGUESE NAVY

  • The Portuguese Navy’s ongoing OPV project. Developing patrol vessel capability as a satisfactory replacement for the corvette
  • Integrating the OPV to enable the execution of multiple maritime security operations. Sustaining sufficient baseline capability for each mission set 
  • Sustaining the OPV on operation to support a continuous patrol capability
  • Effectively integrating unmanned systems to improve the range of patrol

10:45 am - 11:15 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:15 am - 11:45 am THE ROYAL NAVY OF OMAN’S EXPERIENCE OF OPERATING OPVs

  • 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

11:45 am - 12:15 pm 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

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE OPV IN FORM OF MULTI PURPOSE MISSION SHIP

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm SUPPORTING THE UK’S ECONOMIC SECURITY AT SEA

Commander Sarah Oakley - Commander Fishery Protection Squadron, Royal Navy
  • Preparing to deploy the Royal Navy’s new patrol vessel to enforce the UK’s economic security
  • Deploying a multi-role capability to sustain a high level of situational awareness and a rapid response 
  • Enhancing command and control for the patrol vessel on operation
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Commander Sarah Oakley

Commander Fishery Protection Squadron
Royal Navy

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm BORDER FORCE MARITIME CAPABILITY, OPERATIONS AND THE FUTURE

Confirmed Representatives - Border Force, UK Home Office
  • Setting the context of Border Force maritime operations
  • The vessels we operate
  • How we operate
  • Our work in the UK and in also support of FRONTEX Search and Rescue migrant operations
  • Our joint working and interoperability with partners
  • What we require from our vessels and their capability
  • Looking to the future and requirements from future platforms

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Confirmed Representatives

Border Force
UK Home Office

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCES OF NETWORKING THE MULTINATIONAL SURFACE FLEET

  • Coordinating multinational approaches to maritime interdiction and search and rescue. Integrating approaches to training and mission planning
  • Increasing the rapidity and range of the maritime security operation
  • The patrol vessel as the focal point of the joined up operation. Leveraging C2 aboard the OPV

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm HOW WILL THE SURFACE FLEET EVOLVE TO FACE THE FUTURE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT?

Captain Lars Schuemann - Branch Chief Concept Development, Concept & Capability Directorate, EUMS
  • Assessing the character of future operations in the maritime domain. The role of enhanced information sharing and situational awareness in supporting the sustainable deployment of the surface fleet
  • Leveraging a multinational, multi-asset approach to address an increasingly complex mission brief. Investing in joint capability development projects to increase capacity 
  • Where will the OPV fit within future deployed operations? Can it function as a C2 node in the context of a more complex environment?

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Captain Lars Schuemann

Branch Chief Concept Development, Concept & Capability Directorate
EUMS

  • Is the current OPV blueprint fit for purpose in the context of an evolving maritime security environment? Should the capabilities of the next generation of OPVs be adapted to ensure they can better enable the future fighting force?
  • Addressing the question of modularity. Is a truly multi-mission platform conceivable, or must versatility always create a compromise on capability for the OPV operator?
  • What are the limits of the OPV in terms of capability and survivability? When is an OPV too capable to be described as an OPV?
  • Limiting vessel down-time and supporting continuous operation by enhancing the approach to maintenance. Moving beyond planned maintenance and towards a point-of-need approach to patrol vessel MRO
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Captain Lars Schuemann

Branch Chief Concept Development, Concept & Capability Directorate
EUMS

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Commander Cipriano Pereira

Programme Section, Logistics Division
Spanish Navy

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Captain Chin Fong

Inspector General
Jamaica Defence Force

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS AND CLOSE OF DAY TWO