25 - 27 February, 2020 | Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE DAY TWO

8:30 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9:00 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant, Former Commander Operations at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant

Former Commander Operations
Royal Navy

9:10 am - 9:50 am MORNING KEYNOTE: MEETING NATO'S DEMAND FOR OPERATIONAL SUPPORT AT SEA


Mr. Paul Hammond, Chief of Staff at NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Mr. Paul Hammond

Chief of Staff
NATO Support and Procurement Agency

9:50 am - 10:30 am MAINTAINING AFLOAT SUPPORT CAPABILITIES AT PACE WITH ROMANIA’S ONGOING NAVAL EXPANSION

  • How the Romanian Navy is planning to address of the challenge of increased logistic/naval support demands at a time of unprecedented naval expansion
  • The challenges of maintaining secure supply routes in a potentially highly-contested AO, and how this impacts Romania’s approach to afloat support
  • How Romanian is modernising its support capability and doctrine to provide greater inter-operative capability with allied navies
Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Commander at Romanian Navy

Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu

Commander
Romanian Navy

10:30 am - 11:10 am DELIVERING SUPPORT AT A TIME OF INCREASED LONG-RANGE CAPABILITY

  • How the US Navy is preparing to meet demand at a time of surging surface capability, and a renewed focus on blue water conventional operations
  • Aligning the commercial sealift model to meet military requirements
  • The MSC’s approach to training and preparing personnel for sealift operations
Rear Admiral Michael A. Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command at US Navy

Rear Admiral Michael A. Wettlaufer

Commander, Military Sealift Command
US Navy

11:10 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm THE UK APPROACH TO SEALIFT, AND HOW THIS MIGHT CHANGE IN 2021+ WITH FIRST CARRIER OP

  • How DSCOM determine the annual demand sealift, and how this approach could change in the run-up to 2021
  • How closely should sealift requirement/capability be considered in relation to future warship procurement programmes (e.g. Type 31)
  • Why is commercial contracting/supplementation of sealift capacity so unusual in the RN, and could this change in future?
Captain Mark Cox RN, Assistant  Heads of Plans, Logistics Delivery at UK Ministry of Defence

Captain Mark Cox RN

Assistant Heads of Plans, Logistics Delivery
UK Ministry of Defence

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm LOGISTICS INTEROPERABILITY IN JOINT FORCE OPERATIONS

  • Interoperability as the driver behind EUCOM and NATO priorities
  • How the global supply chain will develop in order to integrate new technologies
  • Challenges and innovations in meeting a resurgent conventional threat against near-peer adversaries
Rear Admiral Peter G. Stamatopoulos, Director of Logistics, J4 at U.S. European Command

Rear Admiral Peter G. Stamatopoulos

Director of Logistics, J4
U.S. European Command

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm DELIVERING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT AND PREPAREDNESS FOR MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS AND EXERCISES

  • An overview of the role of NATO MARCOM in identifying support requirement; providing training and sharing capability in order to ensure major multinational fleets are well supplied, and able to inter-operate effectively
  • How new technologies and commonalities in support vessel design are improving international support
  • How support requirements have changed in recent years in line with the return of near-peer threats, and the impact this has had on sealift/afloat support requirements
Rear Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado, Deputy Chief of Staff for Support at NATO MARCOM

Rear Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado

Deputy Chief of Staff for Support
NATO MARCOM

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm HAVE THE DEMANDS OF LOW-INTENSITY WARFARE, COUNTER-INSURGENCY AND ANTI-PIRACY OPERATIONS CHANGED WHAT IS REQUIRED FROM A SUPPORT SHIP, AND HOW IT IS EQUIPPED?

  • What will the future maritime operation look like, and how will that affect the delivery of support at sea?
  • Does the existing support fleet have the capacity to enable high-intensity operations in the maritime domain?
  • Has the longstanding support of routine constabulary and humanitarian operations created a support ship blueprint which is no longer fit for purpose?
Confirmed Representative, From at EUNAVFORMED

Confirmed Representative

From
EUNAVFORMED

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm SEALIFT AND JOINT FORCE SOLUTIONS FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

  • Overview of the mission-types currently undertaken by the Bangladesh Navy, and the requirements these place on the Navy in terms of support
  • How these mission requirements are balanced with the need to retain war-fighting and long-range naval capability
  • Insight into Bangladesh’s international sealift training and preparedness, including new equipment, training etc.
Confirmed Representative, From at Bangladesh Navy

Confirmed Representative

From
Bangladesh Navy

4:30 pm - 5:20 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: THE CURRENT THROUGH-LIFE SUPPORT MODEL, AND HOW INDUSTRY AND DEFENCE CAN COORDINATE FOR A MORE EFFECTIVE LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP

  • In this panel, military and industry panellists will explore the current model of ship-building and through-life support, exploring what works, and what could be improved
  • Case studies will be explored in which ship builders have provided extended through-life support as part of the original contract
  • How else can industry and defence personnel and organisations coordinate in order to improve through-life support: from the signing of a contract through to operational maintenance etc.
Commodore James Fanshawe (Ret.), Chair at UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

Commodore James Fanshawe (Ret.)

Chair
UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant, Former Commander Operations at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant

Former Commander Operations
Royal Navy