Madrid was the location chosen by the defence company Defence IQ to host the Surface Warships 2013 Conference, sponsored by Navantia.
The conference, held on 30 and 31 January, was welcomed by José M Sanjurjo from Navantia, and Vice-Admiral José A Ruesta from the Spanish Navy. It hosted representatives from several international navies that presented and discussed programmes and future plans.
On behalf of Navantia, on 30 January, Angel Recamán, Navantia’s VP for Engineering, gave a briefing on “Navantia Engineering approach to the current defence market scenario”. On 31 January, Antonio Pérez de Lucas, Navantia’s VP for Innovation, spoke about: “A different perspective to modularity concepts applied in OPV designs for the Spanish Navy.”
The Surface Warships Conference was an opportunity to further understand the challenges that navies face and the technological solutions available.
The development of highly capable, flexible and value-for-money surface fleets that are capable of functioning with coalition partners in a wide variety of threat environments, remains fundamental to the modern navy.
The Surface Warships 2013 Conference enabled participants to get an update on the latest vessel designs; understand how officers from developing and newer navies are executing their procurement strategies; and discuss the successful integration and operation of core combat systems into vessels.