10-13 September 2019 | Excel London

Naval Zone

Naval Zone

Naval Zone

Key Information

 The Naval Zone is a unique and interactive showcase of the latest vessels and maritime technology. DSEI's distinctive dockside setting delivers a dazzling showcase of maritime capabilities and international warships.

 The Naval Zone was one of DSEI 2017’s greatest strengths with 16 nations represented. Fully supported by the Royal Navy and First Sea Lord, the Naval Zone provides our audience with unrivalled networking opportunities, insights from key decision makers and the opportunity to see the industry’s latest vessels in action through interactive presentations and waterborne demonstrations.



DSEI Naval Zone

Inside the Naval Zone


  • Amphibious Craft
  • Antenna, Mast & Towers
  • Anti Submarine Warfare Capabilities
  • Countermeasures
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Engineering
  • Gas Turbines
  • Helicopters
  • Hovercrafts
  • Life Rafts & Rescue Boats
  • Maintenance Repair & Overhaul
  • Maritime Security & Force Protection
  • Missiles
  • Navigation & Position Fixing
  • Patrol Craft
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Radar
  • Shipbuilding, Repair & Construction
  • Submarines & Submersibles
  • Torpedoes
  • Underwater Systems
  • Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
  • Warships

First Sea Lord

“Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019.  Our relationship with the defence industrial sector is stronger than ever as we work alongside the nation’s resurgent ship building industry and our valued international partners to realise an ambitious and innovative equipment programme that will form the heart of the Royal Navy for decades to come.  We are determined to meet the challenges of the future and DSEI is an ideal opportunity to advance the academic and professional debate."

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord

Waterborne Demonstrations

Exhibitors can showcase their autonomous and maritime capabilities to the DSEI community in live waterborne demonstrations. Taking place twice daily on the Royal Docks the demonstrations can be viewed from a purpose built grandstand. The action will also be shown on DSEI TV which is broadcast on screens throughout the exhibition halls and via a big screen on the dock edge. Outside of the official demo times the vessel can be taken out onto the water for private client demonstrations. 

Submit your proposal before 17 August 2019.

Naval Static Displays

DSEI will once again feature an impressive array of naval static displays. In 2017 the dock showcased a range of ships including a Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate (HMS Argyll), Belgian Navy Ops Vessel (BNS Pollux) and Irish Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (Le Samuel Beckett).

Naval Seminar - South Theatre

 The Naval Seminar will feature presentations on Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September, including a keynote addresses from First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.

The Naval Seminar is free to all DSEI visitors and seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Full programme details will be available soon. In the meantime, you can view the seminar themes and a selection of speakers here.


The Maritime Capability Conference 2019 will be delivered in partnership with the Royal Navy on DSEI Day Zero (Monday 9 September) at ExCel London.

The conference will focus on the following topics under the overarching theme of ‘Autonomous Operations in a Digital Navy’.

  • Digitisation - How to digitise the Royal Navy and ensure Information advantage is at the heart of the future naval approach
  • Autonomy - Exploring the opportunities to increase mass, reach and lethality of the Royal Navy
  • Machine Speed Warfare – Harnessing new, disruptive technologies to gain war-winning advantage
  • Manpower - Manning and training the future increasingly ‘autonomous navy’


More Information





  • 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.
    Harriett Baldwin MP, Former 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. We intend to build on the very positive experience 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 Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • 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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