5th – 7th June 2018
Portsmouth, UK
Focus Day 5th

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

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“Challenges to modern in service management of naval platforms"

09:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee.
09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD


Surface vessels are expensive to procure and maintain through their life cycles. 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.

09:30 -

Ship life cycle management through new ship support strategies

  • New relationships with industry to support in service units
  • Planning for effective maintenance and refits during the design phase
  • Preparing investment plans for future classes

Commodore Matthew Harrison OBE, DES Ships Support, Common Support Model Programme Director, DE&S, UK MoD

10:00 -

Innovative Through life Support for Maritime Operations

  • Breakdown of historical support to RN warships
  • Set up and drive for innovation and greater support at the waterfront
  • Establishing the Warship Technical Authority and enhanced Complex Asset Management

Ian Atkins BEng (Hons) MSc MA Eur Ing CEng FiMarEST, Type 23 Class Lead Engineer, Babcock International

10:30 -

Managing cost of ownership and through life costs separately

  • The difference between owning and running a ship
  • Splitting cost responsibilities and its impact on operational objectives
  • Future vessel planning and what that will mean for in service support contracts

Dave Monahan, Class Program Manager, Halifax Class Frigates, Department of National Defence, Maritime Equipment Program Management, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada

11:00 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Contractors managing the in-service management of naval platforms must be able to meet the demands of operational platforms. They need to be able to conduct maintenance, deliver replacement parts and restore capability anywhere in the world, often at short notice. The following session will explore the challenges this brings and describe recent operations such as patrolling the middle east where some of these contracts have proven their effectiveness.

11:30 -

After sales support for deployed forces

  • Durability of propulsion systems for maritime operations
  • In service after care solutions for deployed vessels
  • Actual gearbox systems and upgrade solutions for the extension of economic lifetime

Marc Sommer, Director After Sales and Services, Business Unit Marine Propulsion Systems, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Dominic Roth, Head of Business Development & Strategic Sales, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

12:00 -

System issues faced in different climates

  • Common system defects on propulsion, power and fresh water that affect operational readiness
  • Expense of malfunctioning equipment during deployments
  • How solution providers are mitigating the downtime of deployed vessels

Commander Brian Karosich, Commander, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Centre, US Navy Europe

12:30 -

How HVAC regulatory requirements are not keeping up with the needs of the modern navy

  • Energy efficiency and equipment size
  • Through life cycle cost of HVAC systems
  • Equipment survivability in combat

Adam Smith, Director Military Division, Bronswerk

13:00 -
Lunch and Networking


Many nations are now faced with the challenge of managing platforms operating beyond their original design life and new and demanding requirements. These changing demands on naval platforms must be planned to ensure successful integration and efficient implementation. Failure to do so will adversely affect platform effectiveness. This session explores planning for upgrades to in-service vessels and the design thinking behind new designs for future agility.

14:00 -

Predicting future technology upgrades

  • Advancement of telecommunications, weapons and external platforms
  • Comparison of technology advancement with ships life expectancy
  • Effective modernisation planning to mitigate gaps in capability

Captain Juan Bautista Pérez Puig, Head of Capability Requirements Branch, Plans and Policy Division,Spanish Navy

14:30 -

Ravestein’s newest development Skylift: a lifting solution for the next ten years

  • Ravesteins services to docked Naval vessels
  • Clarification of Skylift as a submersible Jack-up
  • Advantages of using the Skylift compared to other standard Jack-ups

Aernout Goedbloed, Director, Ravestein BV NL

15:00 -

Civilian expertise when implementing upgrades whilst at sea

  • Time scale and integrity benefits to refitting on the move
  • Successful upgrades that have updated platforms with modern technology
  • Examples of company partnerships that improve on in service upgrades

Cris Crossley, Fleet Manager, Carnival UK

16:00 -
Chairman’s Summary and close of focus day

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD

“Floatation and propulsion”

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman's opening remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD


Security missions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East have increasingly influenced Naval capability requirements. However, over the last few years Navies have been increasingly involved with migration crises, disaster relief and boarder security. To open proceedings we will hear from those tracking the issues that are shaping the design of future vessels and their capability priorities.

09:00 -

The Royal Navy’s surface fleet capability to provide power projection and territorial defence

  • Changes to RN force structure at Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015
  • Strategic capabilities of RN and current tasking
  • Capabilities and programmes of future ship classes

Commodore John Macdonald, Head, Shipbuilding Strategy Team, Navy Command Headquarters, Royal Navy

09:30 -

Type 45 at the heart of Team Portsmouth BAE

  • Commercial infrastructure tailored to the needs of the fleet
  • Ability to address and manage refits , builds and repairs
  • Future investment that will significantly improve naval support

Andy Coxall, Director Class Output Management, BAE systems

10:00 -

The future operating environment and the conceptual baseline

  • The likely characteristics of the future operating environment
  • The future force concept, its purpose and the big ideas behind it
  • The 'big bets' and next steps for future force development and hard choices

Captain Tim Hulme OBE RN, Assistant Head Concepts (Maritime & International), Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK MoD

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking

Hosted by


Shipbuilding programmes that are long term and continuous, creates issues for government and industry alike. The management of this complexity while maturing an informed understanding of the environment is challenging the need to develop the skills and experience to control acquisition and transition into service is significant. Implementation delays can result in out of date technology and the need to extend the ships being replaced. This session explores these challenges and describes some recent approaches used by those engaged in current programmes.

11:15 -

Future fleet design for the Royal Netherlands Navy including replacement ship programs

  • Integrating operational trends and life cycle cost in requirements
  • Early concepts for the replacement programs including new MCM capability and M-Frigates
  • Triple helix agreements for affordable and innovative flexible combat frigates

Captain Sebo Hofkamp, Head of Naval Plans and Requirements, Netherlands MoD

Jeroen de Jonge MSc, Business Director Naval Programs, TNO

11:45 -

Models for delivery of engineering into shipbuilding programmes

  • Description of engineering phases and historical models for delivery
  • Challenges with historical models
  • Potential solutions to the challenges and examples of where they have been implemented today

Simon Knight FREng CEng FRINA RCNC, Naval Engineering Director, Babcock International

12:15 -

Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Fleet renewal

  • Current status of the CCG fleet
  • CCG Fleet renewal: an opportunity for a new approach
  • Adopting new technologies for the future

Robb Wight, Director General, Major Crown Projects, Vessel Procurement, Canadian Coast Guard

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

Hosted by Marine Data Systems


Designing a new class of Frigate, Destroyer OPV or MCM platform is a complex process with a variety of verticals to consider. Taking into account all the specifications a new class needs to possess and might have to adapt in the future requires a unique and refined skill set. This group of presentations will provide stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the latest techniques, technology and tailored packages being used in warship design.

14:15 -

Procurement model and ship design in the Finnish SQ 2020 Corvette project

  • Operational requirements that have prompted the need for the new Corvettes
  • Specifications analysis to avoid unnecessary delays in production
  • Incorporating civilian expertise into the Naval shipbuilding process

Commander Jon Von Weissenberg, Project Manager 2020, Finnish Navy

14:45 –

Italian FREMM: how a versatile warship design can answer different operational needs

  • Italian FREMM frigate that are suitable for several missions types
  • Top level standards in both military and civilian attributes
  • Proven ability to host different Combat System solutions on a single basic platform

Stefano Ferraris, Head of Technical Support, International Business Unit, Naval Vessel Division, FINCANTIERI S.p.A

15:15 –

Complexity of the warship design process

  • Incorporating necessary systems in Italy’s future surface programs
  • Priorities for the multifunctional battleship that were established in the ship design review
  • Opportunities to incorporate specialist intelligence in the design process

Commander Andrea Manfredini, Head of the Hydrodynamics Section, Italian Navy

15:45 –
Afternoon Tea and Networking

Hosted by Piening Propeller


Propulsion systems are one of the early considerations in designing a platform. Recent high profile failures in this area are cause for concern. Manoeuvrability and speed will be key assets when undertaking maritime security operations therefore it is imperative systems are implemented that are adaptable in future upgrades. These presentations will explore the issues and potential solutions.

16:30 –

Factoring propulsion reliability and performance in new designs

  • Developing the optimum superstructure and propulsion system
  • Shortfalls in previous systems that have hindered operational activities
  • Assessment of commercial products suitable for future procurement initiatives

Commander Phil Bradshaw, Director Naval Engineering, Marine Engineering Branch Head, Royal New Zealand Navy

17:00 –

Power & propulsion for future naval surface vessels

  • Focussing on the underlying criteria for power and propulsion design in support of missions
  • Designing systems to be sensitive to evolving threats in order to maintain military relevance for longer
  • Innovation and synergy of power systems and large mechanical prime movers

Mr William Edge, Senior Marine Engineer, Rolls-Royce

17:30 –

The challenges facing Naval architects such as new solutions for new requirements

  • Leveraging commercial and military research into new designs
  • Blending new technologies and requirements with extant standards and design rules
  • Growing the engineering and naval architect skill base in government and industry

Professor Catriona Savage, Professor of Naval Architecture, University College London

18:00 –

Chairman’s Summary

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD DE&S

18:10 –
Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

Hosted by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Conference Day Two – 8th June 2017

“Integrating Communications and external platforms”

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -

Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD, DE&S


Information technology, radars and new weapons need to be considered early in the design of naval platforms. Antennae and radars are critical to the warfighting and C2 capability yet their position must be carefully considered in relation to the superstructure, and helicopter and UAV operations. This session will discuss how planning can optimise connectivity though a platform’s life including the challenges of modernisation and maintenance of these essential structures.

09:00 -

Current procurement projects and in-service updates for the German Navy

  • New projects to strengthen the technological and operational footprint of the German Navy
  • Adapting existing platforms to future operational demands
  • Training for technology: adapting basic and operational training to meet technological challenges

Commander Volkrad Kaphengst, Senior Systems Engineer, German Naval HQ

09:30 -

Unmanned systems considerations for future platforms

  • Mission dependence on unmanned systems such as aero surveillance
  • Control system connectivity dependencies that need to be embedded during planning
  • Future unmanned equipment that will improve platform capability

Chris Day, Director of Capability Engineering, Schiebel

10:00 -

Factoring the rise of unmanned technology into future platform specifications

  • Ensuring suitable connectivity systems are in place to house UVs
  • Using unmanned technology to promote a mute-role platform capability
  • Current off the shelf products that have that could be incorporated in future vessels

Robert Been, Programme Manager Engineering Department, NATO Science and Technology Organisation, Centre for Maritime Research Experimentation

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


Almost every warship including some smaller vessels requires the capability to host, or operate with a variety of helicopters. Securing, maintaining and launching a helicopter requires a variety of supporting systems, which need to be considered during the build process.

11:15 -

Employment of helicopters from surface ships for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare

  • Recent missions and that have demonstrated the reliance on helicopter
  • Lessons derived from recent operations that demonstrate areas of capability shortfall
  • Implications on design requirements

Captain Tate Westbrook, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 60, Commander, Task Force 65, US Navy Europe

11:45 -

Integrating rotary wing capability into ship specifications

  • Helicopter operations and effect on platform designs
  • Connectivity considerations for air to ship communications
  • Ensuring full spectrum rotary wing operations can be carried out on future surface vessels

Mike Clark, Maritime Capability Development Manager, Leonardo Helicopters

12:15 -

Operating a 21st century helicopter from future surface platforms

  • Versatility of the Wildcat helicopter to function in an attack, surveillance and reconnaissance role
  • Dimensions that allow it operate from multiple platforms
  • Future capability considerations that will allow the Wildcat to stay in line with future vessels

Lieutenant Commander Alexander Sims, Senior Warfare Officer, 825 Naval Air Squadron,Royal Navy

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The presentations so far have highlighted the complexity of planning, design, building and the in service support of naval vessels. In an era where few MOD’s have the luxury of a large continuous build programme, Governments and industry need to meet the challenge of maintaining skills and experience. Challenges include unique projects, outsourcing, reduced financial awareness and access to sufficiently experienced staff. The final panel will discuss the potential solutions for future international programmes.

13:45 -

Managing the transition from into service phase

  • Why is transition planning important?
  • Planning for transition from the outset
  • The key components to consider in transition from build into operations

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD DE&S

14:15 -

Panel discussion: Creating delivery confidence in complex shipbuilding and support

  • Control of complex naval programmes when operating with an ‘eyes on hands off’ approach
  • Creating and sustaining an industry delivery sector from shipyard into the supply chain
  • Ensuring value for money for the taxpayer and operational performance to the user

Professor Catriona Savage, Professor of Naval Architecture, University College London

Rob Wight, Canadian Coast Guard, Director General, Major Crown Projects-Vessel Procurement, Canadian Coast Guard

Captain Andrew Watts, Future Surface Combatant Lead, New Zealand Defence Force

15:15 -

Chairman’s summary and close of conference

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton CBE, Former Director Ship Acquisition, UK MoD DE&S