Warship 2013 -­ Minor Warships


12-13 June 2013, Bath, UK Warship2013 - Mine Counter Measure Vessel

Kindly Sponsored by BMT Defence Services

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Conference Overview

Minor warship vessels are a category of naval vessel covering a wide range of roles, including mine counter measures, off-shore patrol and survey. These vessels may be deployed in a war role, within threat environments, but are usually small and of a specialised nature. Traditionally, these roles have been achieved through the design of individual specialised classes of vessel. However, the emergence of new technologies, including the use of off-board, unmanned systems provides an opportunity to decrease the need for a highly specialised platforms and offers the potential of a single, re-configurable platform.  

As with warship vessels of all types, they are require to be affordable whilst meeting an often complex capability.  Minor warship vessels are often required to operate globally.


Conference Content


A list of the papers being presented at the conference include:

Key Note Address Presented by Tony Graham, Director Ships, MoD, UK

  • Military Hovercraft Worldwide, Brian Russel, Hovercraft Society

  • The Evolution Of Minor Warships In The Last Decade: General Concepts And Practical Examples, Simone Serpagli, Fincantieri

  • MRCH ­ A Multi-Role Combat Hovercraft, John Marks, Wallop Defence Systems Limited

  • The Seakeeping Performance Of USV Launch And Recovery Systems On-board Minor Warships, Paul Crossland, Qinetiq Ltd

  • How The Use Of A Next-Generation 3d Cad Tool In Basic Design Stage Leverages To Improve The Overall Warship Design And Production, Verónica Alonso De Los Ríos, Sener

  • Design And Construction Of Sm16 Fast Interceptor Craft:Case Study, Albert Nazarov, Albatros Marine Design

  • Application Of Mechanised Handling Systems To Enable Multi-Role Capability On Minor Warships, Daniel Pettitt, Babcock

  • A Group System Approach To Naval Warfare ­ The UXV Mothership Concept, Richard Braithwaite, Naval Design Partnership

  • Multi-Mission Small Ships: Myth Or Reality?, Jeffrey Bowles, Donald L. Blount And Associates, INC, USA

  • How To Square The Circle For The Next Generation Of Patrol Ship Designs, Andy Kimber & Barry Thorn, BMT

  • Partial Air Cushion Supported Catamaran concept Design, Rizwan Amir, PN Dockyard

  • Application Of Slam Pressure Loads To A Quasi-Static Finite Element Analysis Of A Patrol Boat, Teresa Magoga, Defence Science And Technology Organisation, Australia

  • Large Unmanned Vehicles And The Minor War Vessel, Rachel Pawling, UCL

  • The Hovcat ­ A New Concept In Fast Amphibious Landing Craft, John C Lewthwaite, IMAA Ltd

  • Design Methodologies And Programmatic Approaches To Developing A Purpose-Built Offshore Patrol Vessel, Anissa Stansfield, General Dynamics Nassco

  • Topside Prediction Of Emi Coupling For Early Stages Of Ship Design, David Andrews, UCL

  • Assessment Of The Use Of A Design Maturity Method For A Modern Shipbuilding Project, Cody Lyster, Babcock

  • Affordable Capability, Alastair Stangroom, Ctruk

  • Cost Effective Survivability Requirements For Small Warships, David Manley, Mod

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Registration and Payment


Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 12/05/2013 After 12/05/2013
RINA members £799 £899
Non-members £899 £999
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £360 £360
Principcal Author £190 £190
Additional Author £799 £799

Register by 12th May and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional coppies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at

Registration and Payment methods

Payments must be made in sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address or sterling bank transfer. Please note that RINA requires payment before the conference date.


Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any conference or course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.


The conference will take place at the Guildhall in Bath (High St, Bath BA1 5AW), directions are below:

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Continual Professional Development

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Attendance at Warship 2013: Minor Warships conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate






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