Freedom of the seas remains crucial to the movement of world trade and social interaction. This fundamental principle is at the heart of the maritime exhibits and waterborne demonstrations at DSEi, the leading event for sea, land and air defence and security solutions, which takes place at ExCeL London from 10-13 September 2013.
On display will be one of the world's most advanced destroyers from the British Royal Navy HMS DAUNTLESS, a Type 45 Destroyer, alongside HMS Tyne, an offshore patrol vessel. Other features in this impressive display of naval capability will be a brand new K130 Class corvette from the Federal German Navy, FGS BRAUNSCHWEIG, which will only just have completed her sea trials and the Dutch survey ship, HMNS SNELLIUS.
Daily waterborne demonstrations, which will take place in front of a grandstand on the jetty, will include performance demonstrations from a number of small special forces craft, and a co-ordinated operation to cover equipment used in maritime security and boarding operations. This demonstration, called Operation Vision, will feature not only boats, such as the revolutionary advanced rescue craft from Nautilus, but also small unmanned surveillance helicopters with video links to a large screen. Other equipment on display will include command and control systems for seaborne operations and maritime rescue. Companies taking part include Northrop Grumman, Marlborough Communications, Advanced UAV Technology, SAAB, Ultra and BCB, which will be demonstrating a line-thrown boat arresting system.
There are also planned live demonstrations of diver detection sonars and an underwater hull surveillance crawler from Seabotix operating from the warships alongside.
Inside the main hall will be a comprehensive range of maritime security equipment from companies including Babcock; BAE Systems; Daewoo; Thrustmaster, with its sonar training system; Selex; and Automatic Sea Vision, which is showing its auto watch-keeping solution. Among the unmanned systems on display will be Go Science's RHyVAU, a low energy, unmanned underwater sensor platform.
DSEi Exhibition director, Duncan Reid, said: "The growing maritime content of DSEi illustrates the vital importance of this sector as nations across the globe seek more robust ways to protect sea lanes from piracy and prevent disruption to marine trade routes and offshore infrastructure. The exhibition and demonstrations will enable visitors not only to have hands-on experience of many of the systems but also to see some of them in action twice a day on the water right alongside the exhibition hall."
DSEi is working in partnership with the Navy League of the United States, who are hosting a naval pavilion at this year's event.
"Our strategic partnership with the Navy League reflects our commitment to the North American defense and security industry through its premier maritime association," said Duncan Reid, DSEi exhibition director. "As companies look to grow their business through contracts with industry and government, they will find that DSEi represents a tremendous opportunity to present their credentials on a truly global stage."
For more details about DSEi and to register to attend, visit www.dsei.co.uk