IDGA’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit to Address the Evolution of OPVs in Maritime Security

IDGA Editor


Michelle Cardinal
Summit Director

IDGA’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit to Address the Evolution of OPVs in Maritime Security

New York, NY, April 14, 2010- The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announces its inaugural Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit, scheduled to take place May 24-26, 2010 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA. This all-important event will discuss how Offshore Patrol Vessels can ameliorate some of the US Maritime Interdiction strategy capability gaps and challenges faced by the US Navy and Coast Guard.

"Offshore Patrol Vessels are the key component of the Coast Guard’s recapitalized fleet. The OPVs provide robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions" noted Summit Director Michelle Cardinal.

The opening keynote presentations will discuss the increased importance of Offshore Patrol Vessels and the roles and challenges that define their requirements. The subsequent sessions will hone in on the different uses of the vessels in the context of maritime security, piracy, maritime interdiction, CBRN threats, and C4ISR awareness. Other points of focus will include new cost-effective materials, optimizing lifecycle logistics and ship structural integrity.

The distinguished speaker faculty includes:

RADM Wayne E. Justice, USCG, Commander, Fifth District
CAPT Paul Roden, USCG, Chief, Office of Naval Engineering, USCG
CAPT Mark Ogle, Sector Commander, Hampton Roads
LCDR Mark Higginson, Canadian Forces, Director, Regional Joint Operations Center Atlantic (RJOCA)
LCDR Joshua Mickel, PE, USCG, Offshore Patrol Cutter Lead, Asset Project Office, Surface Division

The Summit also features a Maritime Surveillance Focus Day on May 24, 2010. This series of workshops is dedicated to technology advances, image techniques and a case study on low-cost transformational surveillance radar. The Focus Day will conclude with a tour of the Port of Virginia.

Offshore Patrol Vessels is being sponsored by IBM, Saab, and Quantum Hydraulics. To learn more about the Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit, visit, download the event brochure, or call 1-800-882-8684.

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