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OPV & Surface Combatants Cartagena, Columbia

Offshore Patrol Vessels & Surface Combatants Latin America, 30 June to 2 July, at Hilton Cartagena, Columbia, will examine topics intrinsic to the OPV and combat ship market.

Officially supported by COTECMAR and the Colombian Navy, the 2014 conference will examine topics such as shipbuilding capacity, systems design, damage control, program management and operational capability. Latin America continues to be one of the more dynamic naval markets in the world with new OPV procurement projects emerging in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. These complement the large maintenance and upgrade requirements within Brazil and Chile.

Defence IQ’s inaugural OPV Latin America conference responded to demand from the region following the success of the long-standing OPV conference series. Incorporating similar themes to IQPC European, Asian and Middle Eastern events, OPV Latin America 2013 offered a unique perspective on the procurement strategy and operational concepts of key Latin American navies.

OPV & Surface Combatants Latin America 2014 provides an assessment of how to balance requirements and capability with acquisition and operational costs while sharing combating solutions to the most prevalent security concerns, particularly in South America.

In addition to revealing procurement and acquisition strategies and inspecting several fleet renewal and OPV projects, the event will include in-depth technological presentations covering innovative solutions on system integration and capability implementation.

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Conference speakers include:-

  • Vice Admiral Hernando Wills Vélez, Commander, Colombian Navy
  • Vice Admiral José Luis Urcelay, Head of the Plans and Policy Division of the Naval Staff, Spanish Navy
  • Vice Admiral José Sierra Rodríguez, Director General of Naval Construction, Mexican Navy
  • Rear Admiral Daniel Héctor Nuñez Rodrígue, Commander of the Fleet, Navy of Uruguay
  • Rear Admiral Jorge Enrique Carreño Moreno, President, COTECMAR
  • Rear Admiral Umio Otsuka, Director General of C4I Department, Maritime Staff Office, Japanese Ministry of Defense

Under the Colombian Navy’s 'Orion Plan', six OPVs are being built by 2015. As part of the future of Colombian defence capability there is an on-going strengthening, modernization and transformation programme for the military. The military is moving towards a model of aligned force capability with additional focus placed upon rapid deployment, flexibility and multi-purpose capability. They are procuring helicopters, airlifters and hovercraft. The Colombian military is investing heavily in technology and personnel. The Colombian Defence Minister places a high priority on ISR capability.


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