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WARSHIP 2014: Naval Submarines & UUV's


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Submarines are among the most complex of engineering products, Warship 2014 Naval Submarinescomparable in complexity with aerospace projects such as the space shuttle. To design, manufacture and support them in service requires a sophisticated industrial base and the willingness to incur the long term cost of ownership. The recent entry into servive of the Royal Navy's Astute Class demonstrates the advancements made in submarine technology. Operational limits are being challenged, as the available technology becomes less of a restraint.

Warship 2014 will also include the rapidly growing new field of military Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). The reliance on Remotely Operated, and Remotely Towed, underwater TV's) in survey activities has slowly diminished in modern navies. The developments of much more sophisticated autonomous vehicles (AOV) has led to their integration into a much wider network of both manned and unmanned vessels. As on land, UUV's today are becomming a vital part of the current focus on 'network-orientated' warfare.

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

  • Future Submarine requiements and their strategic context
  • Affordable, available and adaptive submarines
  • Management of submarine design information and maintenance of design intent
  • Design and construction
  • UUV specific: construction, design and operation
  • Novel materials; their underwater application
  • External installation of weapon delivery systems, towed sensors and communications system
  • Submarine power, propulsion systems and signature management
  • Operating unmanned underwater vehicles from submarines
  • Submarine escape and rescue
  • Assuring submarine safety
  • The environmental impact of submarines


Conference Programme

A full programme can be seen here.

KEYNOTE: Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Defence Equipment and Support, MoD, UK

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

  • Sea Trials and Data Analysis of the Astute Class Submarines, David Hooper, BAE Systems Maritime Submarines, UK

  • Vidar-7 ­ The Small SSK for the 21st Century, Tom Gibbs, BMT Defence Services Ltd, UK

  • Adaptability in Principle, In Design, and in Practice ­ Applicability of this Characteristic to the Modern Naval Submarine, N. Whybrow, Babcock International Group, UK

  • Towards a UUV Launch and Recovery System on a Slowly Moving Submarine, R. A. Irani, D. Kehoe, B. Spencer, Rolls-Royce Canada Limited, G.D. Watt, Defence Research and Development Canada ­ Atlantic (DRDC), Canada

  • Bow Shape Design for Increased Surface Performance of an SSK Submarine, Bas Overpelt, Project Manager MARIN, Netherlands

  • Validation of Submarine Blow Algorithms for Flood Recovery, P Marchant, N Thompson, D Cosserat, QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Additional copies 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 

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