This is the 11th iteration of this meeting, the third time we have co-located three events, and the first time we have launched our Surface Fleet Technology meeting. It is a pleasure to welcome you once more to Farnborough, which with its size and links will be our home for the foreseeable future. We are looking to welcome >1,500 attendees representing >50 nations and >200 companies.
It will have been a year since we last met and the maritime environment is emerging as key priority for NATO and its partners. Future Surface Fleet developments, ensuring comprehensive Underwater Defence and Security, and maintaining world beating Submarine Technology and Surface Fleet Technology are central tenants to this. The combination of the four help countries to develop their maritime capabilities, ensure freedom of navigation is not threatened and when necessary, sea control and denial
The intent is for a wide cross-section of attendees from international navies, defence industry, academia to explore how to align
in common purpose that assures naval capabilities match to the strategic, operational, technological opportunities and demands
of the future.