History of the Event


To celebrate our 14th anniversary, Defence IQ had a look back and picked out 2 speaker highlights from each event to demonstrate the variety and seniority of participation in this now established forum. Here is a little summary:

14th Annual Event, Cadiz, Spain, 24th September - 26th September 2019

  • Held with the formal Support of the Spanish Navy

13th Annual Event, Twickenham, London, UK, 25th September - 27th September 2018

  • Rear Admiral Nick Hine, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy), Royal Navy
  • Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Norwegian Military Representative, NATO/EU

12th Annual Event, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 26th September - 28th September 2017

  • Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Navy Staff, Senegalese Navy
  • Commodore Peter Knipping, Director of Material Maintenance, Royal Netherlands Navy

11th Annual Event, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 14th September -16th September 2016

  • Rear Admiral John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities
  • Rear Admiral Wittaya La-Orchan, General Director of Mahidol Aldulyadej, Naval Dockyard, Royal Thai Navy

10th Annual Event, Rome, Italy, 29th September -1st October 2015

  • Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Head of VII Dept., Ships Design & Combat System, Italian Navy General Staff
  • Admiral José A. Sierra Rodríguez, Director General of Naval, Construction, Mexican Secretariat of the Navy

9th Annual Event; Dublin, Ireland, 30th September - 2nd October 2014

  • Minister Simon Coveney, Minister for Defence, Republic of Ireland
  • Commodore Tariq Khalid Al-Obaidli, Director of Education and Training, Qatar Emiri Navy

8th Annual Event; Saint-Cyr sur Mer, France, 15th – 17th October 2013

  • Admiral Benoît Courau, Chief of the Maritime Operational Centre, French Coast Guard
  • Staff General Adel Omran Mahmoud Mohamed Hariedy, Egyptian Navy

7th Annual Event; The Netherlands, 25th-27th September 2012

  • Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Vice Admiral Jorge Gross, Commander in Chief, Ecuadorian Navy

6th Annual Event; Cadiz, Spain, 27th-30th September 2010

  • Admiral General Manuel Rebollo García, Admiral Chief of Naval Staff, Spanish Navy
  • Admiral Moises Gomez, Under Secretary of the Navy for Management, Mexican Navy

5th Annual Event; Hamburg, Germany, 20th-22th September 2011

  • Vice Admiral O. S Ibrahim, Chief Of Staff, Nigerian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Roberto Garcia Márquez, Planning Chief, Colombian Navy

4th Annual Event; Lorient, France, 28th-30th September 2009

  • Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan bin Kurish, Director General, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
  • Vice Admiral Anne-François de Saint Salvy, Commander Atlantic Fleet, French Navy

3nd Annual Event; Genoa, Italy, 29th September – 1st October 2008

  • Vice Admiral Franco Paoli, Commander-in-Chief Tyrrhenian Sea Department, Italian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Cristián Gantes Young, General Director of Logistics, Chilean Navy

2nd Annual Event; The Netherlands, 26th-28th September 2007

  • Rear Admiral Victor Guillory, Director of Surface Warfare, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral Robert Love OBE, CVF Team Leader, Royal Navy

Inaugural Offshore Patrol Vessel Conference; London, UK, 28th-29th September 2006

  • Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, Corvette Project Director, South African Navy
  • Captain James Robinson, Officer Commanding, Naval Operations, Irish Naval Service 

See this years speaker line up