24 - 26 September, 2019
Parador de Cádiz, Cadiz, Spain

Conference Day One - Site Visit


7:30 am - 8:20 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy

8:30 am - 9:00 am HOST NATION OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Admiral Calderón joined the Spanish Navy in 1973 and over his long career has been in command at posts for NATO, the US Atlantic fleet and of course the Spanish Navy. He has been awarded eighteen military and civilian decorations and is a graduate of the NATO Defense College.
 
As of March 2017 he has served as the Chief of the Spanish Navy as will be giving the opening address at OPV International 2019.
Admiral Teodoro López, Chief of Staff at Spanish Navy

Admiral Teodoro López

Chief of Staff
Spanish Navy

9:00 am - 9:30 am LEAD SPONSOR KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

·          Welcome introduction
·          Explanation about CLUSTER MARITIMO NAVAL CADIZ, mision, founders and partners.
·          Manufacturing supply chain as capital value.
Diego Chaves, President at Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz

Diego Chaves

President
Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz

9:30 am - 10:00 am BLACK SEA SECURITY AND REPLENISHING THE ASSETS OF UKRAINIAN NAVAL FORCES

·          Identifying the priorities for new acquisitions and how they will be able to deliver the wider strategy of the Ukrainian Naval Forces
·          The current security situation in the Black Sea and predicted challenges that are being prepared for
·          The design of current and planned future patrol vessels in the Ukrainian Naval Forces: capabilities, combat systems and modular possibilities
Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, Commander at Ukrainian Naval Forces

Admiral Ihor Voronchenko

Commander
Ukrainian Naval Forces

10:00 am - 10:30 am INCREASING PATROL VESSEL LETHALITY: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

·          Discussing the viability of OPVs as a battle fleet asset and the potential strategic benefits of further weaponisation
·          The survivability question vs discussions into the correct degree of lethality
·          The benefits of patrol vessel modularity and the tactical advantage it brings to warfighting
Confirmed Senior Official, - at Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces

Confirmed Senior Official

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Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 am - 11:30 am UPDATES TO THE JAPANESE DEFENCE PLAN AND THE ROLE OF OPVS WITHIN ACHIEVING STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

·          National Defence Programs Guideline and Mid-Term Defence Programs: goals and roadmap for achieving success
·          Planned acquisition for new OPVs and how they will enable the JMSDF to achieve its maritime strategy
·          Defining the concepts that will drive vessel acquisition once the defence plans reach a more advanced stage
Captain (N) Tomoyuki Sase, Staff Officer, Plans and Programs Division at Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

Captain (N) Tomoyuki Sase

Staff Officer, Plans and Programs Division
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

11:30 am - 12:00 pm FASSMER NEXT GENERATION MULTI-MISSION PATROL VESSEL: FLEET LEVEL ASSETS OPTIMIZATION THROUGH INNOVATIVE DESIGN

Fassmer will unveil during the Conference a new OPV class, oriented to medium-size blue-water navies. The presentation discusses the design drivers behind this latest and innovative 90m Multipurpose Patrol Vessel and how it fits force level optimization and improvement of asset utilization.  
Robert Urrutia, Project Manager Shipbuilding Division at Fassmer

Robert Urrutia

Project Manager Shipbuilding Division
Fassmer

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm THE PHILIPPINE NAVY’S TEN YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE SECURITY AROUND ITS VAST MARITIME TERRITORIES

·          Focusing naval strategy around the acquisition of new corvettes, submarines and OPVs
·          Key requirements and essential capabilities for the Philippine Navy’s new fleet of patrol vessels
·          Both current and predicted security concerns and the steps that are being taken to respond effectively through this ten year plan
Commodore Adelius Bordado, Commander, Naval Installations Command at Philippine Navy

Commodore Adelius Bordado

Commander, Naval Installations Command
Philippine Navy

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm VTOL PLATFORMS TO AUGMENT MARITIME AWARENESS AND OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY

·          Manned to Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) Operations
·          Integration of Multi-Role Manned and Unmanned Platforms
·          Operational Considerations for Interoperability and Management of Unmanned Systems
Mike Clark, Maritime Market Development Manager at Leonardo

Mike Clark

Maritime Market Development Manager
Leonardo

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm THE FIFTEEN TO FIVE TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM: PROGRESS AND GOALS

·          Building towards 2050 and the role of “New Generation Patrol Vessels” in realising the vision
·          Prioritising days spent at sea, overall readiness and new acquisitions
·          The Malaysian procurement model and its commitment to raising overall fleet capacity
Rear Admiral Dato' Sabri bin Zali, Commander, Naval Region II at Royal Malaysian Navy

Rear Admiral Dato' Sabri bin Zali

Commander, Naval Region II
Royal Malaysian Navy

In recent years the importance of OPVs has increased dramatically and the responsibility of ensuring security and projecting sea power has extended beyond military forces to Coast Guards and Law Enforcement. In order to maintain security and sovereignty in contested waters this versatile platform is the first line of defence against growing tensions and will be the basis for the first geostrategic panel discussion of OPV International 2019.
 
This panel discussion will cover:
 
·          How have patrol vessels provided the most effective way to uphold security in East Asia and what are the critical capabilities that allow this platform to do so effectively?
·          What, if any, capability gaps has growing tensions in East Asia revealed and how are OPV deployments being adjusted to account for this?
·          How will growing tensions affect the requirements for patrol vessels from East Asian nations?
Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy

Confirmed Senior Official, - at Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces

Confirmed Senior Official

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Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces

Commodore Adelius Bordado, Commander, Naval Installations Command at Philippine Navy

Commodore Adelius Bordado

Commander, Naval Installations Command
Philippine Navy

Captain (N) Tomoyuki Sase, Staff Officer, Plans and Programs Division at Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

Captain (N) Tomoyuki Sase

Staff Officer, Plans and Programs Division
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

Rear Admiral Dato' Sabri bin Zali, Commander, Naval Region II at Royal Malaysian Navy

Rear Admiral Dato' Sabri bin Zali

Commander, Naval Region II
Royal Malaysian Navy

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

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm MULTIPURPOSE PATROL-BOATS OPERATING IN MARITIME SECURITY TASKS

·          Developments in propulsion engineering that can will develop the OPV’s abilities as a rapid deployable security asset
·          Prioritising readiness and potential consequences for the range of capabilities available on a single platform
·          Overall fleet readiness and assessing the desired contribution of patrol vessels to this
Captain (N) Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía, Head of Capability Definition Plans Section at Spanish Navy

Captain (N) Manuel Aguirre Aldereguía

Head of Capability Definition Plans Section
Spanish Navy

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm CURRENT CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS IN THE SPANISH NAVY

·          Designing patrol vessels that can be the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of the Spanish Fleet
·          Current programs underway: progress, targets and challenges
·          Vision of the Spanish Navy for the future and how industry ties in with realising this vision
Captain (N) Gabriel Braña Estevez, Chief, Engineering and Contruction Works, Ferrol Naval Base at Spanish Navy

Captain (N) Gabriel Braña Estevez

Chief, Engineering and Contruction Works, Ferrol Naval Base
Spanish Navy

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm ASSESSING THE CRITICAL CAPABILITIES THAT MUST BE INCORPORATED INTO PATROL VESSELS AT THE DESIGN PHASE

·          Analysis of essential OPV capabilities as the modular approach to design finds it limits
·          The accessibility issue: distinctions between critical capabilities for military and non-military patrol vessels
·          How will the unclear nature of future operations affect our concept of what a ‘critical capability’ is and steps that can be taken to improve
·          ROI on new capabilities
Captain (N) Francesco Iavazzo, Chief, Strategy and Operations Office at Italian Navy General Staff

Captain (N) Francesco Iavazzo

Chief, Strategy and Operations Office
Italian Navy General Staff

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm ITALIAN NAVAL PRIORITIES FOR PATROL VESSELS AND HOW ARCHITECTURE REFLECTS STRATEGY

·          Recent operational history of the Italian Navy and lessons learned
·          Analysing potential challenges in order to develop more effective designs for future platforms
·          Ensuring that relationship with industry remains as efficient as possible in the delivery of designs to fit with wider Italian Naval strategy

Captain (N) Gabriele Catapano, Head of Surface Ships Design Office at Italian Navy General Staff

Captain (N) Gabriele Catapano

Head of Surface Ships Design Office
Italian Navy General Staff

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm MAINTAINING THE PATROL FLEET

·          Procuring and converting legacy vessels to refresh the surface fleet
·          Delivering effective MRO and logistics for a legacy patrol fleet in order to extend the life of the OPV
·          Long-term development plans for Senegal’s naval fleet
Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Naval Staff​​ at Senegal Navy

Rear Admiral Momar Diagne

Chief of Naval Staff​​
Senegal Navy

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm CONTRIBUTIONS TO MARITIME SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES FOR PATROL VESSELS

·          Identifying baseline capability to make sure that patrol vessels can detect, deter and respond effectively
·          Combatting piracy and drug interdiction using patrol vessels in the Gulf of Guinea
·          OPVs as a multi-function tool to improve awareness, surveillance and operational effectiveness at sea
Commodore Eric Adu, Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command at Ghana Navy

Commodore Eric Adu

Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command
Ghana Navy

The Gulf of Guinea has been congested and challenging security domain for hundreds of years and carries a unique set of challenges for those organisations that operate in this area. Although there has been a lot of progress in the fight against piracy in this area, security concerns do remain and the fight against smuggling remains as fierce as ever. Participants in this geostrategic panel discussion will cover:
 
·          How have tactics and techniques employed by criminal organisations caused state militaries and law enforcement to adapt their approach to preventing and disrupting these kinds of operations?
·          In what ways do patrol vessels provide the most effective platform by which these criminal elements can be disrupted and where is the need for improvement most apparent?
·          How do you think international and regional cooperation can be improved in the Gulf of Guinea in order to make this region more secure?
Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy

Commodore Eric Adu, Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command at Ghana Navy

Commodore Eric Adu

Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command
Ghana Navy

Captain (N) Albert Badou, Chief of Staff at Benin Navy

Captain (N) Albert Badou

Chief of Staff
Benin Navy

Captain (N) Charles Bamele, Operational Coordination Director, Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea at Office of the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast

Captain (N) Charles Bamele

Operational Coordination Director, Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea
Office of the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS - CLOSE OF DAY ONE

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy

6:45 pm - 9:30 pm EVENING GALA DINNER HOSTED BY CLUSTER MARÍTIMO NAVAL CÁDIZ