Over 120 delegates from 5 countries are expected at this week’s Engine As A Weapon International Symposium (EAAW VII) in Bristol (20 and 21 June at No.1 Brunel Square), with its topical theme ‘Combat Power at Sea’.
Organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) the two-day event explores the reality of fully integrated engineering systems and equipment, and will discuss the merits and challenges of delivering combat power at sea.
Glen Sturtevant, Director for Science and Technology, assigned to the United States Navy Department’s Program Executive Office for Ships in Washington D.C. will deliver the keynote address; speakers from the Netherlands, USA and the UK will cover both the combat and platform system arenas and include presentations on power systems launch, integrated energy systems, energy efficiency and unmanned systems. Babcock International Group, BMT Defence Services and BAE Systems are EAAW VII’s major sponsors and many of its exhibitors are exhibiting state-of-the art innovative solutions, they include MBDA UK, General Atomics, Babcock International Group, L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd, and Warship VR – powered by ENGAGE™.
“With that exciting mix of speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and, of course, delegates, EAAW VII is certainly set for success,” says Commander Ian Hassall RN, Chairman of the EAAW VII Technical Advisory Committee. “It brings together the international maritime community to update and discuss the delivery of ‘Combat Power at Sea’ now and in the future. A future that is exciting for we are at the dawn of a new era for the Royal Navy with the re-birth of the nation’s seaborne strike capability and the acceptance into service of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.
“This refreshed capability brings with it 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; challenges which are being experienced by navies worldwide – and all of these are topics that will come under the symposium spotlight at EAAW VII, for at this exciting 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, and this week is just the time to talk about them in positive detail. I am greatly looking forward to two highly stimulating days and I can guarantee that our delegates from home and overseas will find their time with us highly worthwhile.”
The full programme, details of networking opportunities including a symposium reception aboard the ss Great Britain, and online registration is at www.eaaw.org.uk. EAAW VII is CPD approved by IMarEST.
The EAAW VII Technical Advisory Committee
Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
Mr Oliver Simmonds, GE Power Conversion
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
Dr Zareh Soghomonian, CACI International, USA
Mr Andrew Tate, Dstl
Dr Ian Whitelegg, Rolls-Royce
EAAW VII Patrons
Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB FREng
Cdre Peter Knipping MBE RNLN, Director, Directorate of Materiel Support, Royal Netherlands Navy
Mr Henry Parker CB, Director Ship Acquisition, Ministry of Defence, UK