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WARSHIP 2017: Naval Submarines & UUV's

14-15 June 2017, Bath, UK

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The global submarine market is expected to experience growth in the next few years.  North America and Europe are key markets, however there is an expanding interest in the Asia-Pacific region which will also drive growth in the market over the next ten years.

Governments wishing to acquire submarine capability are under increasing pressure to make budget savings in their new build projects. This has encouraged a preference in using off the shelf components, over bespoke solutions, and a focus on cost reduction throughout the in-service life of the boat. 

Many countries are looking to replace their existing class of submarines; the UK is due to replace the Vanguard class when it leaves service in 2021. This successor class design needs to take advantage of new trends in smart technology and autonomous operation, in part fuelled by cheaper sensors, which will change the tactical seascape. Any new submarine design will need flexibility to adapt to these changes.

The Warship 2017 conference will also include the rapidly growing field of military Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). The development of much more sophisticated autonomous vehicles (AOV) has led to their integration into a much wider network of both manned and unmanned vessels. 

To further investigate this aspect of the industry, RINA invites papers on all aspects of the design, construction and operation of Naval Submarines and UUVs, including the following topics: Warship 2014 Naval Submarines

  • The submarine enterprise– stakeholders– supply chain– key skills.
  • Application of Smart Technologies and Operation- including sensors.
  • Future Submarine requirements and their strategic context.
  • Affordable, available and adaptive submarines.
  • Management of submarine design information and maintenance of design intent.
  • Design and construction of submarines & UUV’s.
  • Novel materials; their underwater application.
  • Energy Storage and efficient use of platform systems.
  • External installation of weapon delivery systems, towed sensors and communications systems.
  • Submarine power, propulsion systems and signature management.
  • Operating unmanned underwater vehicles from submarines.
  • Submarine safety, incl. escape and rescue.
  • The environmental impact of submarines

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.


Click here to download a copy of the conference brochure.

Selected papers include:

  • SET-BASED REQUIREMENTS, TECHNOLOGY, AND DESIGN DEVELOPMENT FOR SSN(X), Morgan C. Parker, Matthew D. Garner, Joseph T. Arcano, Norbert Doerry, NAVSEA, USA.
  • SUBMARINE DESIGN IS NOT SHIP DESIGN, David Andrews, University College London, UK.
  • THE OPERATIONAL BENEFITS OF COVERTLY REFUELLING A CONVENTIONAL SUBMARINE WHILST AT SEA, Simon Harrison, Karl Slater, Hamid Diab, Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia, Martin Renilson, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 15/05/2017     After 15/05/2017
RINA members         £735+VAT = £882          £835+VAT = £1002
Non-members        £835+VAT = £1002      £935+VAT = £1122
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £365+VAT = £438            £365+VAT = £438
Principal Author        £180+VAT = £216      £180+VAT = £216
Additional Author         £735+VAT = £882      £735+VAT = £882

Register by 15th May 2017 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 copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale (members £115 and non-members £135) after the event. If you would like to order a copy, contact the Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 

Registration and Payment methods

1: Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and to be sent invoice for payment via bank transfer or cheque

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 Warship conference is being held at the Guildhall, Bath - High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

The nearest train station is Bath Spa, which is a 10 minute walk from the Guildhall



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Attendance at the Warship 2017 Conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

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