The region’s largest gathering of experts from navies, coast guards, port
authorities, maritime communications authorities and maritime infrastructure.

15 - 17 June, 2020

Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Day One: Monday, 1 April 2019

8:00 - 8:50 Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 - 9:00 IQPC welcome remarks



Rear Admiral Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji

Former Chief of Naval Staff
UAE Navy, and Chairman, OPV Middle East

9:10 - 9:30 Opening keynote speech: UAE’s vision to secure maritime sea routes in the GCC region

Rear Admiral - ., UAE
  • Interoperability and joint operations to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East
  • Role of technology to comply with the international maritime law
  • Future advancements and procurements

Rear Admiral


9:30 - 9:50 Keynote speech: Showcasing USCENTCOM military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests and its partners in the Middle East

Brigadier General Darren R. Cole - Director of Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, United States Central Command
  • US Central Command’s increasingly effective governance, improved security, and trans-regional cooperation to counter state and non-state actors posing a threat to U.S. interests and its allies in the Middle East
  • Ensuring an effective posture; strengthening allies & partnerships in the region with allied nations
  • Disrupting and countering VEOs (violent extremist organisations) and their networks; deterring & countering state aggressors

Brigadier General Darren R. Cole

Director of Deployment and Distribution Operations Center
United States Central Command

9:50 - 10:10 Executive briefing: Enhancing navies and coast guards in the region to build strong shield system

  • Creating a strong and powerful shield against supersonic missiles, medium range missiles, drone and unmanned aerial attacks
  • Improving precision and accuracy of threat detection
  • Building the ability of navies and coast guards to engage with multiple threats at the same time

10:10 - 10:30 Kuwait’s Coast Guard plans for increased operational capacity

Captain Mubarak Al Sabah - Flotilla Commander, Kuwait Coast Guard
  • Utilising efficiently naval assets to protect maritime borders and ensure regional stability
  • How cooperation with friendly nations can maximise capabilities
  • Conceptualisation of the future battlefield and respective procurements

Captain Mubarak Al Sabah

Flotilla Commander
Kuwait Coast Guard

10:30 - 11:00 Prayer and coffee break


This session will be specifically looking at existing, short and medium-term requirements of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Saudi Coast Guard. With localised manufacturing and logistics distribution in Saudi Arabia, this closed-room session offers an opportunity for solution providers to get in-depth information about these requirements, thus enabling them to be a part of the long-term vision plan.

Brigadier General Adel Awad Al Osaimi

Commander of Jeddah Islamic Port Security Unit
Saudi Border Guard

11:30 - 12:00 Offshore patrol vessels for economic exclusion zone management tasks such as maritime security, border control, routine patrols, and anti-smuggling

  • Combat system to provide planning, tactical picture compilation, situational awareness, decision-making, and control of weapons from intuitive consoles in littoral operations
  • Virtual technologies to integrate weapon, sensor, and management systems
  • Rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) carrying capabilities

12:00 - 12:30 Bahrain

This session is focused on developing the community’s understanding on the strategic goals the country is trying to achieve based on its future procurements plans. Mainly driven on maximising its capabilities on counterterrorism and anti-smuggling, Offshore Patrol Vessels pose as the best solution towards this direction.

12:30 - 13:20 Lunch break and networking


13:20 - 14:00 Keynote panel discussion: Overcoming issues related to maritime information sharing and interoperability, especially in joint operations

Captain Mubarak Al Sabah - Flotilla Commander, Kuwait Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury - Director General, Bangladesh Coast Guard, Bangladesh
  • What are the major issues faced in current maritime coalitions across the globe?
  • Developing new methods and tactics needed to enhance maritime information sharing and boost interoperability
  • Maritime law: Where does each country stand in its deployment?
  • What technologies can navies deploy in order to achieve a better and swifter decision making process across joint operations?

Captain Mubarak Al Sabah

Flotilla Commander
Kuwait Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury

Director General
Bangladesh Coast Guard, Bangladesh

14:00 - 14:20 UtiliSing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Maritime Security & Patrol

Robert Schoeffling - International Strategic Development Regional Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)
  • Benefits of UAS for Maritime Patrol
  • Integrating UAS into the National Air Space and Maritime Domain
  • Interoperability of Maritime UAS with manned maritime patrol aircraft (MPA)


Robert Schoeffling

International Strategic Development Regional Director
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)

14:20 - 14:40 The role of the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational training Centre in Increasing the Efficiency of Interagency Operations within the Maritime Security Operations

Commodore Stelios Kostalas - Commander NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre, Hellenic Navy
  • Maritime Biometrics Collection and Tactical Forensic Site Exploitation
  • C-IEDS Considerations in Maritime Force Protection
  • Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD)

Commodore Stelios Kostalas

Commander NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre
Hellenic Navy

14:40 - 15:10 Lunch break and networking


15:10 - 15:30 Enhancing interoperability for a better air-land-sea cooperation using efficient C2 battle management tactics

Brigadier General (R) Giuseppe Morabito - Member of the Board of Directors, NATO Defence College
  • Contemporary amphibious operations and learning from global case studies
  • How to improve efficiency, quality and consistency of ISR and C2 battle management
  • Delivering information superiority for the contemporary operational environment by using state of the art C4ISR and EW system

Brigadier General (R) Giuseppe Morabito

Member of the Board of Directors
NATO Defence College

15:30 - 15:50 A comprehensive common operating picture with real-time data and intelligence to agencies responsible for maritime security and asset management

  • Open architecture solutions capable of integrating numerous surveillance and safety sensors and data
  • Creating a networked Command & Control structure capable of selective data and intelligence sharing via a number of secure communications links
  • Advanced display, notification capabilities and data analytics

15:50 - 17:00 End of conference day one

17:00 - 17:00 Gala dinner for VIPs and Award Ceremony

Categories include:

  • Best Cyber Security Award
  • Best Maritime Communications Award
  • Best Maritime Law Enforcement Award
  • Best Operations Coordination Award
  • Best Port Security Award
  • Best OPV Industry Award