2017 Maritime Capability Conference

'The Maritime Contribution to National Prosperity'

Maritime Capability Conference

Co-hosted by the Royal Navy and Department for Transport, the inaugural DSEI Maritime Capability Conference focused on ‘The Maritime Contribution to National Prosperity’, to emphasise the critical importance of maritime trade and industry to the UK’s national prosperity, and to highlight the ways in which the Royal Navy and the Department for Transport are setting the conditions for future maritime success.

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Must-Attend for Naval Sector

The conference was designed specifically for DSEI visitors and the concurrent London International Shipping Week. The conference began with ministerial overviews of the contributions made by the defence, transport and maritime industry communities to national prosperity, while highlighting the wider economic benefits associated with the implementation of the UK’s National Ship-building Strategy. Afternoon discussions drew on the lessons of previous UK procurement programmes, with a view to identifying and sharing best practice observations. A podium discussion then set the scene for the formal opening of the DSEI exhibition, by expanding the debate to include international insights on defence procurement, from the perspective of suppliers and buyers, before considering how the Type 31e General Purpose Frigate—the first warship built for the Royal Navy with exportability and interoperability inherent in the design from the start—might be optimised to appeal to an international audience.

First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

“The Royal Navy is proud to be at the forefront of DSEI 2017, a year that marks the start of a new era of British maritime power. As the UK looks to new global economic opportunities, the Royal Navy’s historic role in support of maritime trade rises to the fore once again.  With our co-hosts from the Department for Transport, this year’s maritime capability conference will explore the maritime contribution to national prosperity. DSEI will host Royal Navy warships, as well as those from partner navies, to offer a tangible demonstration of how the types of equipment on display in the exhibition might be employed in the future.

“Few other navies have such a comprehensive programme of investment, or such a bold commitment to technological innovation, as the Royal Navy.  With London International Shipping Week once again running at the same time as DSEI, I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to meet with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.”

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

Topics Included:

  • The Defence Contribution to National Prosperity
  • International Maritime Contribution to National Prosperity
  • The National Ship Building Strategy: Applying Ship-Building Lessons from the Past to the Future
  • The Wider Benefits of a Skilled Technical Workforce to Society
  • Exportability and Interoperability: Core Elements of Military Capability
  • Contemporary Observations on Warship Procurement: The Type 26 Global Combat Ship
  • What do customers really want? Lessons on Defence Exports
  • “DSEI is a landmark event presenting to the world the excellence of the UK defence and security businesses. We expect to welcome high level international delegations to take part in meetings with our strategic partners. For us in government it is hugely important, an important showcase, a stage for diplomacy, a platform for the international engagement. We are really looking forward to DSEI in September 2017.”
    Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • “I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.”
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • “I much look forward to DSEI 17. We intend to build on the very positive experience of DSEI 15 as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment”
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the General Staff
    British Army
  • "DSEI 2015 was the ideal occasion for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its ambition to lead and win through technological innovation. The opportunity to meet with so many partners from academia, industry and overseas at DSEI is, as always, a really useful component of our engagement with the vital partners through whom we seek to deliver this innovation."
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • "DSEI 17 will offer Joint Forces Command the opportunity to report on our plans for the future, in particular on operationalising our Warfare In The Information Age concept. I am looking forward to it."
    General Sir Chris Deverell Commander Joint Forces Command
  • "DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .”
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • “DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.”
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament


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