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Cdr Ian Hassall RN

Cdr Ian Hassall RN


The challenge of total ship integration across the platform, combat and air boundaries, together with the reality of operating and maintaining these complex systems at sea are challenges which are being experienced by navies worldwide.  The highly relevant and topical Engine As A Weapon International Symposium – EAAW VII (Bristol, UK: Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 June 2017), organised by FIGS Events on behalf of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), aims to explore the reality of fully integrated engineering systems and equipment, and discuss the merits and challenges of delivering combat power at sea. www.eaaw.org.uk

“We have taken ‘Combat Power at Sea’ as the theme of the seventh EAAW International Symposium and are delighted to have received an encouraging response to the Call for Papers,” explains Commander Ian Hassall RN, Chairman of the EAAW VII Technical Advisory Committee.

“Due to the considerable interest in next year’s Symposium, we have extended the deadline for receipt of synopses to 6 December, and we are looking for submissions that focus on: ship/air interface; non-conventional fuels; total ship integration; communication – threats and opportunities; enabling maritime force operations; All Electric Ship – past, present and future; weaponising the UXV; and open architecture versus system security.  Our Technical Advisory Committee will be meeting in December to start the selection process.

“There is no doubt that at this fascinating time, the traditional marine and weapon engineering disciplines are being driven closer together by the explosion of technology, with an ever more complex and software driven landscape in which to operate. EAAW VII will bring together the international maritime community to update and discuss the delivery of Combat Power at Sea now, and the outlook and direction for the future.

“Importantly, like all IMarEST Learned Society events, it is CPD approved, something we take extremely seriously and of which we encourage all representatives of navies, commercial and military ship operators, designers and shipbuilders, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, universities and other defence related organisations to take full advantage.”

First major sponsor for EAAW VII

The Babcock International Group is the Symposium’s first major sponsor, and, as Simon Knight, Babcock’s Naval Engineering Director explains: “EAAW VII is highly relevant to our interests and firmly on our events calendar. We are delighted to be the Symposium’s first Major Sponsor.

“We are great believers in supporting IMarEST, and know that our graduate trainees and apprentices, as well as senior members of our team, will be fully involved with, and benefit from, this important event on the marine and combat systems agenda.”


EAAW VII features

EAAW VII comprises keynote addresses and over 20 peer reviewed technical papers and discussion; a small exhibition; and a full networking programme, which includes the Symposium Reception on board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

Full details of the Call for Papers and all aspects of EAAW VII are available at www.eaaw.org.uk. All chosen papers are peer reviewed and may be included in other IMarEST publications after the event.

The EAAW VII Technical Advisory Committee


Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK

Dr Sal Ahmed, Office of Naval Research Global

Mr Rob Andrews, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships

Mr Roger Bartlett, MBDA

Prof Fred Eastham FREng FRSE, University of Bath

Lt Marcel Den Hartog RNLN, Ministry of Defence, UK

Mr Keith Howard, Babcock International Group

Mr Steve Mason, Ultra Electronics PMES Ltd

Lt Tom McKenna RN, Ministry of Defence, UK

Eur Ing Andrew Michael, QinetiQ

Mr Christopher Pollard, BMT Defence Services Ltd

Mr Oliver Simmonds, GE Power Conversion

Dr Zareh Soghomonian, HII Newport News Shipbuilding

Mr Andy Tate, Dstl

Dr Ian Whitelegg, Rolls-Royce

EAAW Background

The first EAAW Symposium in 2004 was established by IMarEST to bring together and inform the marine and combat systems communities to ensure opportunities would be exploited and challenges overcome.  It is held biennially.

What is IMarEST?

IMarEST is the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. With over 20,000 members in 128 countries, the IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

In addition to a wide range of services, including publishing The Marine Professional, the Institute organises Learned Society events for its members and the wider industry, these include: the Engine As A Weapon International Symposia (EAAW); Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) and the International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC); the Learned Society events are organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST.

Press enquiries to: Judith Patten @ JPPR – judithpatten@JPPR.uk.com and +44 (0)20 8241 1912

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