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Naval Damage Control 2018 Highlights: 3-Day Conference Agenda
The scale of investment in European defence from NATO partners and the European Union requires the continued development of military engineer capabilities. Whether it be achieving freedom of movement, developing new area denial and anti-access systems, building self-sustaining tactical bases or researching innovative gap crossing systems, military engineer capabilities remain a significant area of investment.
While accidents solely attributable to environmental and mechanical factors have been greatly reduced over the last several years, those due to human error continue to plague organisations. Searching for “why” an error occurred is not to reassign blame or liability, nor even to excuse the error, but to identify the underlying system deficiencies that might cause an incident to occur again. Prevention not punishment should be the goal. With Navies now seeing a reduction in crew-size this has created sailor overwork and safety risk in some cases. This section will not only investigate how to minimize human factors but also how to ensure the welfare of sailors at sea.
The next wave of automation technology in the naval domain is allowing a reduction of crew members as on- board automation can monitor and maintain the ship. Whilst this technology is and will continue to revolutionise naval operations increased incidents where systems have failed have caused a lack of trust. In this section we will address this challenge looking not only at the potential of these of these technologies but how to ensure DC and FF systems do work when needed through frequent maintenance, enhanced training and understanding.
Virtual and live simulators for vital damage control tasks are designed to create maximum operational and decision-making competence. Weaknesses in leadership and communication capabilities often have disastrous consequences and can cause crew members to panic in a crisis. Simulation offers a safe and cost-effective alternative to practice with real fire, offering entry level training to aid fire fighters and damage control teams to reach a specific competency level. This section will investigate the latest innovations in simulation technology.
Whilst there is a focus on new builds and the DC/FF systems that can be used, it is vital that we also look at our existing vessels which are aging and challenging to maintain. Maintenance plays a vital role in ensuring readiness and capability, perhaps there should be focus on how to keep aging ships operational before investing in new build so that in the future we are not in the same position. This section will discuss the importance and methods used to ensure current capability and readiness requirements are met.
UNDERWATER DAMAGE CONTROL
The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can lead to a serious incident. The greatest threat to a submerged submarine are fire and flooding. Although the threats rarely materialise it is vital submarines conduct regular drills, training and have extensive knowledge of the damage control systems and equipment to respond quickly and effectively. This section will overview new systems and training for rapid damage control response.
A key objective of the chemical biological and radiological defence community is to provide war fighters with the means to prevent mission degradation from CBRN attacks and eliminate the enemy’s incentive to use such weapons. Mission critical systems need to be CBRN survivable, this survivability is accomplished by material measures, or through specialised tactics, techniques and procedures. This sections investigates the importance of training and innovative technologies to successfully respond and control a CBRN incident.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN DAMAGE CONTROL
As crews are being reduced and ships are becoming more advanced it is vital to analyse the future requirements of damage control personnel. It is important to continuingly alter and improve training to ensure personnel have the expertise to operate increasingly complex systems. This section how the future of damage control will unfold and how navies can prepare for these changes.