Rome Hosts International Conference on Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology in February 2016. 5 Flag Officers Confirmed to Speak.

Italian Coast Guard, Italian Air Force, UK, Swedish Coast Guard and US Navy to announce maritime surveillance strategies next February in Rome.

Rome, Italy, November 21, 2015 --( Maritime surveillance is becoming a major challenge for European countries especially as they now face a humanitarian and immigration crisis in the Mediterranean and the risk of piracy and terrorism at sea is ever present.

Next February SMi Defence will bring together European nations to discuss the operational and technological challenges facing navies and other maritime organisations. Event attendees will discover how to optimize Maritime Situational Awareness through enhanced technology and international cooperation through a series of case studies, insightful panel debates and hand-picked presentations delivered by leading industry experts.

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Confirmed Key Speakers include Chris Reynolds, Director, Irish Coast Guard, Commander Pasi Staff, Chairman of European Maritime Surveillance Network, Finnish Navy, Guy Thomas, Advisor for Maritime Situational Awareness, Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence, Jonathan Locke, Senior Scientist, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, NATO, Lieutnenant Colonel Paolo Papiri, Air Staff, Aerospace Planning Division, Italian Air Force, Major General Martin Smith, Commanding Officer, EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Anthony Rix, Former Cheif of Staff at Allied Maritime Command, Naples, NATO, Rear Admiral Dan Thorell, Director, Response and Law Enforcement Department, The Swedish Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Head of Plans and Operations, Italian Coast Guard and many more.

The event brochure with agenda breakdown, speaker line up, information on workshop and registration form can be accessed on the event website

Rear Admiral (ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, UK Hydrographic Office, Royal Navy commented: “A high level gathering of senior military leadership, project decision makers and technical experts alongside cutting edge industry solution providers is therefore a timely opportunity to share ideas, identify blockers and enablers and the potential to collaborate in future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s seaways. MRST 2016 is designed to provide exactly that venue and opportunity.”

Latest confirmed attendees include: Defence Command Denmark Air Staff, Thales, Airbus Helicopters, Dynamic Aviation, XTAR and many more.

Event programme 2016 also includes an interactive workshop on "The benefits of C-SIGMA and how it can improve national capability to monitor the seas from space," hosted by Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA. This unique workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how C-SIGMA is attempting to transform mechanisms by which nations collaborate in space for the benefit of all users of the seas.

The event’s gold sponsor is PAE. Sponsored by Horizon Technologies.

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Conference
15th - 16th February 2016

Rome, Italy

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Delegates: Contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054,

Sponsors/Exhibitors: Contact Justin Predescu +44 (0) 207 827 6130,
SMi Group
Julia Rotar
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