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Combined Naval Event

This is the 11th iteration of this meeting, the third time we have co-located three events, and the second time we have added on 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
are achieved.

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.

One event, four unique conferences 

Underwater Defence & Security

For three days we will explore the latest developments in Mine Counter Measures and Anti-Submarine Warfare in an essential, stand-alone area that merits the discrete focus this conference will provide.

Delegates will be updated on trends and changes in the operations, tactical employment and sustainability of underwater, surface and airborne Fleets, whilst considering the impact of the latest technological advancements.

Future Surface Fleet

In an expanded offering, now delivering two dedicated theatres, we will analyse designing, building modernising and sustaining fleets throughout their lifecycle.

We will look at how to maximise platform availability with presentations from both a naval and industry angle, learning what needs to be done to enable Fleets to be delivered to time, quality and cost.

The development and maintenance of trusting relationships between the supplier and customer will be at the forefront of issues in this challenging area.

Submarine Technology

The unique capabilities of stealth, silence, lethality, endurance and deniability of submarines, allowing them to operate close to the threat, are a vital component in our defence and deterrence strategy.

It starts with a strategic piece and will move on to the importance of improving sensor performance, combat systems and views on the significance of new technology and innovation within the development of new submarine capability.

Sensors and Safety will feature heavily throughout, as well as survivability and materiel certification.

Surface Fleet Technology

Surface Fleet Technology will focus upon the specific role that emerging and future technologies will play in next generation platforms.

2024 Conference Agenda

Our 2023 conference programme was our biggest and most comprehensive to-date.

Over 1000 naval professionals joined our plenary keynotes in 2023, the largest annual gathering of it's kind under one roof in Europe.

We then offer an unprecedented level of insight via four dedicated conference streams, each with a specific theme and topic focus.


Exhibition & Sponsorship

We have a limited number of commercial speaking positions available for the 2024 edition.

There are also a number of other ways for your organisation to be involved:

Private Briefing - Host an invited audience for 90 minutes addressing a topic of your choice.

Exhibition - Your own dedicated demonstration and meeting point at the event.

Branding - We have multiple opportunities to raise your brand awareness at the event.




Join us in Farnborough, UK on 21 - 23 May 2024 for our Combined Naval Event



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Military personnel, governmental and other end-users are invited to speak at our events on an Invitation only basis. Fill out our form through the link to be considered.


Confirmed 2024 Speakers




2024 Commerical partners




CNE Insights Report

Each year we leverage the power of our audience to conduct an in-depth review of the current challenges facing the naval community.

We posed twelve key questions to our event audience and gathered over 600 anonymous responses from those in attendance at CNE 2022.

The data has been analysed and published in our CNE 2022 Insights Report.


2023 Video Highlights

CNE 2023 was an unprecedented success, with over 1600 naval professionals from both military and industry organisations in attendance.

The sold-out exhibition featured 154 leading companies offering solutions for a wide variety of applications.

See what you missed or remind yourself of what took place at the highlight event for the naval community in 2023.