19 - 21 February, 2019 | Hilton London Olympia , London, United Kingdom

James Fanshawe

UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group


Whether for in-service support, supply chain management or strategic sealift, the outcome of future naval operations will depend on defence’s ability to outsource key services to industry. Only commercial providers can deliver the technology, capacity and flexibility necessary to ensure that the support fleet can enable global, high-intensity operations within a contested theatre. 

This scenario-based workshop will provide an opportunity to understand exactly what the auxiliary and support fleet needs from industry in order to meet the future operational requirement. It will stress-test existing commercial approaches to in-service support and sealift, as a means to identify what their limitations might be in the context of tactical operations against a peer or near-peer adversary. It will seek to overcome barriers to the integration of commercial services and personnel within active conflict zones, and will provide a platform for aligning industry’s support offering with an evolving military requirement.

Critical questions for discussion will include:
  • What are the key challenges for the support ship as an operational platform, and how can industry deliver a robust in-service support package which maximises availability for these vessels as they deploy persistently and globally?
  • What will the joint force’s future requirement for strategic sealift look like, and how can commercial freight help to build capacity and absorb short-range fluctuations in customer demand?
  • What are the limits of commercial capability in the context of high-intensity maritime operations against a peer or near-peer threat?
  • How can industry, at a service-provision level, support the accurate forecasting of demand for naval operations, and what infrastructure does the support ship require to take advantage of that innovation?

If you are a naval officer, attend this session to:
  • Understand how commercial in-service support models can increase availability, flexibility and range for your support ships
  • Increase spare capacity for strategic sealift in readiness to absorb future increases in demand
  • Set clear parameters for integrating non-military services and personnel on a non-constabulary naval operations

If you are a commercial provider of naval logistics or support, attend this session to:
  • Identify the joint force’s future requirement for strategic sealift, and gear your offering to meet that requirement
  • Understand the unique in-service support requirement for globally-deployed auxiliary and support assets
  • Be ahead of the curve in identifying how the changing character of maritime operations will impact the demand for afloat support, and distinguish your offering as a robust option for support fleets operating in the most complex theatres

1315 Arrival, Registration and Coffee
1400 Introductory Remarks
1405 Building the Scenario – How will the operational requirement change for the support ship on future operations? 
1430 Topic One: In-service support – Maximising availability, adaptability and reach for the support ship
1515 Topic Two: Outsourcing strategic sealift to build capacity and cope with an increase in demand
1600 Coffee Break
1615 Discussion Group Three: Logistics for the final mile – outsourcing supply chain management to improve demand forecasting and enable the surface fleet
1700 Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks
1715 Session Close

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