Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Registration, networking and welcome refreshments

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome remarks from the chairman

In October 2016, certain rebel groups managed to strike a Middle Eastern ship with anti-ship missiles. This event marked one of the many provocations this region faced in 2016. Understanding how to best circumvent existing threats while remaining vigilant against imminent threats is of critical concern. This session will consider how navies and coastguards can remain equipped to adapt with reference to the following points:
  • What are the top security challenges in high risk areas such as the Gulf of Aden?
  • Which capabilities are necessary in the evolving threat landscape of the Middle East?
  • Has the rise in low-intensity maritime conflict prevented the perfect stage for OPVs?


Captain Nasser Al Kahtani

Yemen Senior National Representative
Combined Maritime Forces

Captain Edward H Lundquist

U.S. Navy, Communications Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association

Vice Admiral Ahmad Al-Mulla

Former Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister
Kuwait Ministry of Defence

Rear Admiral Mohamed Abdel Aziz El Sayed

Chief of Staff
Egyptian Navy

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM Session to be presented by

Majdi Ahmad Al-Dafiri, Ambassador, Embassy of Kuwait, Tehran, Iran


Majdi Ahmad Al-Dafiri

Embassy of Kuwait, Tehran, Iran

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Command and control in joint and international coalitions

Dr. Karen Sumser-Lupson, Commissioner, African Maritime Safety and Security Agency
The heart of a navy vessel lies within its command and control systems. The need to address the difficulties existing in the communication and data retrieval within these systems is crucial to the vessels operational success. Once the key difficulties are defined, navies will be better equipped to deter the challenges. It is essential to examine the major issues faced in current maritime coalitions in both local and international waters, while working with other forces. The outcome will be to have a better understanding of the methods and tactics needed to enhance overall coalition command and controls.


Dr. Karen Sumser-Lupson

African Maritime Safety and Security Agency

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM Maritime security lessons from the Egyptian Navy

Ahmed Khaled Hassan Saeed, Commander in Chief, Egypt Navy


Ahmed Khaled Hassan Saeed

Commander in Chief
Egypt Navy

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM Networking and refreshments

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Panel discussion: Requirements on an OPV – Analysing differences between OPV and Corvette/Fast Patrol Boat in the scenario of the Middle East

Guido Gerdemann, Managing Director, MTG Marinetechnik

Moderated by:

Guido Gerdemann

Managing Director
MTG Marinetechnik

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM A champion of modernised maritime vessels: Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)

Captain Edward H Lundquist, U.S. Navy, Communications Committee Chair, Surface Navy Association


Captain Edward H Lundquist

U.S. Navy, Communications Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM Prayer time followed by networking break and refreshments featuring corporate videos and product demos

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM Cyber security in a marine context: Communication and navigation

This presentation will highlight the cyber threat within an offshore context focusing on the structure of data networks, specific risk mitigation measures and the top cyber security solutions available to help secure the command and control centres of offshore vessels.

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM Case study: Saudi Arabia’s maritime strategy

Rear Admiral Dr. Ali Alshuaibi, , Saudi Arabia Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Dr. Ali Alshuaibi

Saudi Arabia Coast Guard

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM V-RMTC: A successful Italian initiative for global maritime situation awareness

Captain Dario Leccese, Dual Use and External Partnership BH, Plans Operation and Strategy Departme, Italian Navy


Captain Dario Leccese

Dual Use and External Partnership BH, Plans Operation and Strategy Departme
Italian Navy

1:20 PM - 1:30 PM Luncheon welcome speech by chairman

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Networking lunch

2:30 PM - 2:30 PM End of conference day two

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM OPV Middle East gala dinner

Attendees will rejoin at the conference venue for a sophisticated evening of networking and entertainment at the OPV Middle East gala dinner. Also featuring cultural activities, you will enjoy a three-course a la carte meal with the attendees allowing you to personally connect and make business opportunities for the near and long-term future.

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website.