4th - 6th June 2019
Portsmouth, UK

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Future Surface Fleet 2019 Conference Agenda Highlights

With navies now looking to have an efficient and effective network in place to support vessels that are in service, nations are now utilising support frameworks to support the fleet. This allows modernisation and updates to be performed alongside planned maintenance. The Future Surface Fleet 2019 focus day will look at how nations are now adopting new methodologies and frameworks to help manage through life support

SUPPORT FRAMEWORKS FOR THROUGH LIFE SUPPORT

Efficient and effective management of the maintenance, repair and modernisation during a platform’s operational life is a challenging balance of resource management and operational availability. Implementing management structures and integrating contactors into the though life support system will significantly promote cost effectiveness of future vessels. This session explores various strategies for the support of vessels in service.

MAINTAINING THROUGH LIFE SUPPORT ON CAPITAL SHIPS

With the launch of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class carriers, through life support must be integrated into its life span. This brings new challenges to the table as these are the largest vessels ever operated by the Royal Navy. This section of the agenda explores how nations maintain vessels of this size through their life span, from planned support to mid-life refits.

CONDUCTING REPAIRS ON DAMAGED VESSELS

Nations now have plans in place for both condition based and planned maintenance. However, incidents do occur that have not been planned for. This means that the immediate survival of the vessel must be assured, which will then allow her to be transported to a dockyard and then extensive work can be done to repair her. This section of the agenda looks at recent cases of unplanned for events and how nations coordinate to repair these vessels.

REPLENISHMENT AT SEA

With fleets having to travel long distances to enable force protection, it is inevitable that they will need fuelling. With the use of replenishment tankers, fleets are able to refuel on the move albeit at a slower pace but negates the need for vessels to berth. This section of the agenda looks at refuelling vessels and how nations are procuring new oilers.

SUPPORT SHIPPING IN EUROPEAN TASK FORCES

No European nation now operates at purely national task force level; task forces are generally made up of bi-lateral or international navies. This leads to a huge collective in needing to maintain these forces, with fuel, water food etc. European nations are currently renewing a drive into bolstering their support vessels and this section of the agenda will be looking into the programs ongoing.

THE WORK OF AUXILARY VESSELS IN SUPPORTING NAVAL EXPANSIONS

Due to the size and make up of modern navies, nations must the ability to support their fleets on a global scale. They are not only utilised for military needs, but also during humanitarian efforts such as natural disasters. The final section of the agenda will look at the ship building programs in these areas and how they are perceived to be utilised.

INVIGORATING PROPULSION SYSTEMS ON NAVAL VESSELS

Propulsion systems are one of the early considerations in designing a platform, with recent high-profile failures a huge cause for concern. Today’s speakers identified manoeuvrability and speed as key assets when undertaking maritime operations, therefore it is imperative systems are implemented that are adaptable for future upgrades. These presentations will explore the issues that surround propulsion requirements and the industry solutions available.

MITIGATING VIBRATION THROUGH OPTIMISATION

Propeller design and mechanical vibration go hand in hand on ships. Without the correct design of propeller, naval vessels lose their manoeuvrability and speed. Coupling this with the increased risk of vibration, leads to unnecessary strain on a ships hull and an increased sonar signature, leading to a higher submarine threat. This section of the agenda looks at the challenges surrounding this and how navies and industry alike are looking to overcome these problems.

ENHANCING POWER & PROPULSION THROUGH HYBRID SYSTEMS

The need to enhance the efficiency of engines and power systems is driving the development of hybrid propulsion systems. The design flexibility offered by electrical propulsion systems are driving investment in new solutions that are compatible with alternative power solutions. This section will analyse advances in the use of hybrid systems, optimising battery powered vessels and the impact of alternative power systems.

INTERNATIONAL SHIP BUILDING STRATEGIES

With many navies looking to renew entire fleets, it is imperative that they have clear direction on timeline, requirements and cost to help manage control. Implementation delays can result in out of date technology and additional needs to extend the lifespan of the ships being replaced. This session of the agenda looks at the plans international navies have for reviewing their fleets, the ongoing work and how it is being accomplished.

SUBSYSTEM DEMANDS FOR NAVAL VESSELS

Radars, weapons and engines are just some of the subsystems onboard vessels that must be considered when vessels are designed and built, especially when considering their need for maintenance in future years. This section will discuss how navies are considering what systems must be modernised on current naval vessels, as well as subsystem requirements for new ships.

ENSURING EFFICIENCY VIA AUTOMATION

Radars, weapons and engines are just some of the subsystems onboard vessels that must be considered when vessels are designed and built, especially when considering their need for maintenance in future years. This section will discuss how navies are considering what systems must be modernised on current naval vessels, as well as subsystem requirements for new ships.

BOLSTERING THE FLEET – NAVAL VESSEL ACQUISITION

With many in-service vessels now approaching their end of life, one of the preferred options are acquiring new ships equipped with the latest systems. This section sets out to review current programs that nations are investing in that will allow their navies to meet modern threats, plus the support strategies that will facilitate these new builds

C4ISR ON SURFACE WARSHIPS

Successful management of the communication spectrum in the maritime domain can make a crucial difference in gaining the tactical edge over the enemy. As threats evolve, it is essential the maritime sector is able to adapt and evolve to meet them. This area will focus on the key issues surrounding communications in the maritime domain and the solutions available.

FUTURE FRIGATE PROGRAMS

From meeting the need to enhance operational flexibility to preparing for power hungry radar, modern communication systems and high-tech combat suites, nations now are looking even further ahead to anticipate new threats. To combat these, there has been a huge drive to design and build frigates that can combat this range of operational environments.

MODERNISING COMBAT SYSTEMS FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS

The combat systems on board vessels are defined from the very beginning of a vessel’s life and it is imperative that these systems can meet perceived modern threats. Militaries look to push the boundaries of these systems to come up with innovative solutions that can be mounted on-board. This section sets out to look at the work that nations are doing to prepare their vessels for future operations and the solutions that are available to them.

THE FUTURE OF UNMANNED ASSETS IN THE SURFACE DOMAIN

As nations move towards autonomy as the future fighting force, it raises questions towards it use. As man-in- the-loop systems become more common, nations are once again looking to reach the next technological step. It is understood that by implementing complex AI, systems become able to learn and communicate with each other to react to different situations, leading to man out of the loop. This section of the agenda sets out to discuss how autonomous systems are changing the naval battle ground.

FUTURE TECHNOLOGY FOR NEXT GENERATION PLATFORMS

From meeting the need to enhance operational flexibility to preparing for power-hungry radar, modern communications and high-tech combat systems, nations are now looking even further ahead to anticipate new threats. The final session of Future Surface Fleet 2019 will look at how future technologies will shape the naval surface domain.

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