· The changing nature of future threats and how it has affected Royal Navy Surface Fleet transformation in recent years
· The Overseas Patrol Squadron: its new role and contribution to wider Naval strategy
· Update on delivery of River Class OPVs and planned through-life upgrades
· Outlining plans to procure 8 frigates and replace the Almirante Pa-Dilla class frigates built in the 1980s
· Overview of specific requirements for the new fleet of frigates and OPVs
· Ensuring multi-mission modularity and fleet versatility for the wide array of naval operations in national waters
· Enhancing situational awareness, threat detection, and sensor-shooter pairing to produce the needed effect at speed
· Assessing the expansion of the OPV programme to counter asymmetric threats. Overview of platform requirements for naval operations of the future
· Current operational use of OPVs around the globe
· Designing patrol vessels that can be the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of the Spanish Fleet
· Vision of the Spanish Navy for the future and how industry ties in with realising this vision
· Combatting transnational threats and ensuring security in the Brazilian EEZ and inland waterways
· New frigate acquisition for enhancing Atlantic patrol capability and why it was selected
· Priorities and potential challenges for meeting future threats
· Increasing agility and responsiveness to effectively address the Nation’s increasingly complex maritime challenge
· Evaluating plans for the acquisition of 8 National Security Cutters, 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs)
· Replacing 90 aging Coast Guard high-endurance cutters, medium-endurance cutters, and patrol craft
· The ongoing challenge of finding the highest possible baseline capability for multi-role vessels
· Delivering a robust multi-role platform which can detect, deter and respond to threats
· Asserting the point at which baseline capability is degraded by modularity
For many nations, acquiring new multi-role vessels is a commitment that can span decades. Although they are purchased to fill a requirement there must be considerations of future threats and long-term strategy that are factored into the original acquisition. This panel discussion focuses on how to factor both planned and unplanned upgrades into the initial acquisition process in order to ensure that it can make a valuable contribution to fleets of the future.
Panellists will discuss:
· What future upgrades will likely be the most desirable for OPVs in the 2025-2030 period?
· What are the potential risks of allowing too many potential upgrades to be integrated into the vessel?
· Where can industry help to lead the way in improving OPV modular upgrades?