Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero
Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Conference Day One - Site Visit
Tuesday, September 24th, 0019
8:20 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS
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?
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?
Conference Day Two
Tuesday, September 25th, 0018