25 - 27 February, 2020 | London, UK

CONFERENCE DAY ONE - CAPABILITY IN PRACTICE

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd), Former Head of Logistics Strategy at UK Ministry of Defence

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd)

Former Head of Logistics Strategy
UK Ministry of Defence

9:10 am - 9:50 am OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: SUPPORTING THE ROYAL NAVY’S FUTURE MARITIME OPERATIONS

  • Integrating the tide-class tankers to support extended operations and a global reach for the Royal Navy
  • Delivering operational support to the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers
  • Looking to the future. How will the RFA adapt to meet the demands of support for blue-water naval operations?
Commodore Duncan Lamb, ACOS Afloat Support & Commodore at Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Commodore Duncan Lamb

ACOS Afloat Support & Commodore
Royal Fleet Auxiliary

9:50 am - 10:30 am UPGRADING GERMANY’S SUPPORT VESSELS TO RESTORE A REPLENISHMENT AT SEA CAPABILITY

  • Replacing Germany’s tankers to deliver a replenishment at sea capability for the Navy
  • Delivering a multi-role support vessel which can meet the full-spectrum support requirement
  • Matching support fleet modernisation to combat fleet modernisatioN
Commander Stefan Rüschendorf, Project manager, Auxiliary and Support Vessels at BAAINBw

Commander Stefan Rüschendorf

Project manager, Auxiliary and Support Vessels
BAAINBw

10:30 am - 11:10 am DELIVERING THE PRIMARY FUEL PIPELINE FOR FUTURE US NAVAL OPERATIONS

  • Building the T-AO(X) Fleet Replenishment Oilers. Recapitalising the fleet to deliver support to forces underway
  • Delivering replenishment at sea for a Carrier Strike Group and Amphibious Readiness Group - meeting demand across the spectrum of naval operations
  • Balancing affordability with capability to meet an evolving combat logistics requirement
Tim Roberts, Deputy Program Manager for PMS 325 at PEO Ships

Tim Roberts

Deputy Program Manager for PMS 325
PEO Ships

11:10 am - 11:50 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:50 am - 12:30 pm STRATEGIC SEALIFT: SETTING THE REQUIREMENT FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS

  • Delivering sealift capacity for extended operations
  • Aligning the commercial sealift model to meet the military requirement
  • Meeting a capacity surge through a blended approach to indigenous and outsourced capability
Rear Admiral Robert Clark, Deputy Commander at Military Sealift Command

Rear Admiral Robert Clark

Deputy Commander
Military Sealift Command

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm THE UK’S CURRENT STRATEGIC SEALIFT CAPACITY

  • Determining annual demand for strategic sealift. Knitting together the Defence Activity Programme
  • Existing military strategic lift platforms; deploying 4 Point-class RoRo ships
  • Accessing the commercial requirement when the military offer is insufficient and how rarely that is done
Captain Kris Nicholson, DSCOM Assistant Head of Plans at DE&S, UK MoD

Captain Kris Nicholson

DSCOM Assistant Head of Plans
DE&S, UK MoD

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE COMMERICAL MODEL LOOK LIKE FOR STRATEGIC SEALIFT?

  • To what extent can currently-available sealift capacity cope with a surge in demand?
  • What are the limits of outsourced sealift capacity in the context of an evolving operational requirement? Safely integrating civilian-operated capability in a high-intensity conflict zone
  • Identifying the future sealift requirement so that commercial providers can support global operations for the joint force
  • Would the current outsourcing model become cost-prohibitive when faced with the demands of sustained operations against a peer/near-peer adversary?
Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd), Former Head of Logistics Strategy at UK Ministry of Defence

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd)

Former Head of Logistics Strategy
UK Ministry of Defence

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS: PREPARING FOR HIGH-INTENSITY MARITIME OPERATIONS: SETTING THE PARAMETERS OF FUTURE NAVAL SUPPORT

Maritime doctrine and capability is re-orientating itself away from routine constabulary enforcement operations and towards delivering warfighter readiness for a high-intensity operation in the maritime domain. This table top exercise will examine the requirements of such an operation from an afloat support perspective, as a means to direct capability development and to drive logistics delivery.

Each delegate will have an opportunity to participate on 3 roundtables, with changeovers taking place every 20 minutes.

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm TABLE A: SUSTAINING ACCESS FOR THE SUPPORT FLEET ON COMPLEX OPERATIONS

Keeping sea lines of communication open to enable re-supply for the joint force. Maximising sealift capacity and delivering replenishment at sea for sustained blue-water naval operations against a peer threat

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm TABLE C: LOGISTICS SUPPORT FOR THE FINAL MILE

Accurately forecasting demand for naval forces on operation. Introducing automation into the support chain to prevent a supply chain gap and operational failure for the final mile

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm TABLE B: SUPPORTING THE NAVAL TASK GROUP

Integrating the support ship as a core component of the future surface fleet. Upscaling survivability to enable operational support in a contested maritime operating environment, and making use of support ship modularity to enable the full spectrum of future operations

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm TABLE D: CONDUCTING ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE AT SEA

Integrating predictive maintenance as a core component of the in-service support model. Maximising availability and delivering critical maintenance away from port 

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd), Former Head of Logistics Strategy at UK Ministry of Defence

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd)

Former Head of Logistics Strategy
UK Ministry of Defence

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

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm MODERNISING EXISTING SUPPORT CAPABILITY TO ENABLE FUTURE OPERATIONS

  • Increasing availability for the Spanish Navy’s existing logistics vessels to enable support to sustained maritime operations
  • Deploying the support vessel as a command ship to enhance C2 for a naval task force
  • Upgrading the vessels’ on-board capability to meet the surface fleet’s requirement for enhanced endurance on long-range operations
Rear Admiral Antonio J. Gonzalez, Head of Logistical Support at Spanish Navy

Rear Admiral Antonio J. Gonzalez

Head of Logistical Support
Spanish Navy

5:10 pm - 5:50 pm NORWAY’S INCOMING SUPPORT SHIP AND EVOLVING APPROACHES TO FLEET MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS

  • Integrating HNoMs Maud to deliver a full-spectrum support capability for Norway
  • Delivering replenishment at sea for longer-range naval operations
  • Opportunities for partially outsourcing logistics and in-service support to match demand with supply for future naval operations

Commander S/G Christian Oseberg, Deputy Chief of Staff Support at Norwegian Fleet Staff

Commander S/G Christian Oseberg

Deputy Chief of Staff Support
Norwegian Fleet Staff

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd), Former Head of Logistics Strategy at UK Ministry of Defence

Commodore Adrian Aplin MBE FCILT FIoD CDir Royal Navy (Rtd)

Former Head of Logistics Strategy
UK Ministry of Defence