Royal Navy to Provide Mine Hunting Capabilities Update at Maritime Conference

Commodore Steve Prest from the Royal Navy has joined the speaker line-up for Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference 2022, taking place 11-12 May in London, UK By Caroline Rees / 20 Apr 2022
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With mine detection assets across several navies reaching the end of their service life and uncrewed assets being introduced to keep personnel out of harm’s way, there is a clear need for a high-level meeting to discuss the future of uncrewed Mine Counter Measure (MCM) capabilities.

The 5th Annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference, taking place on 11-12 May 2022 in London, UK, will feature briefings from experts who are driving thought leadership on UMS for MCM operations.

For those interested in attending the conference, places are becoming limited. Register here>

Last November, as part of the joint Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) program, an advanced remotely-operated mine-hunting demonstrator was delivered to the British Royal Navy, which takes a huge leap forward for their autonomous capabilities in sea mines detection.*

SMi Group has announced that Commodore Steve Prest, the Deputy Director of Navy Acquisition (Equipment and Systems) from the Royal Navy, has joined the speaker line-up this year. He will provide an update on the Royal Navy’s mine hunting capability and their plans to transition from conventional to remote operations.

The 2022 agenda includes more presentations covering UMS for MCM operations:

  • ‘Interoperability; Essential for an Effective MCM Capability by Autonomous Systems’ – presented by Commander Filip Clauwaert, Chief of Staff – Branch Head LL&A, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Center of Excellence (NATO NMW COE)
  • ‘Belgium/Netherlands Joint rMCM Program to Transform Maritime Security and Free Passage’ – presented by Lieutenant Commander Renauld Hock, Project Leader, Belgian Netherlands Replacement MCM Program, Material Resources – Naval Systems, Belgian Ministry of Defense

UMST 2022Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference
11-12 May 2022 | London, UK
Gold Sponsor: Leonardo
Sponsors and Exhibitors: Intrepid Minds and Elmo Motion Control

For delegate enquiries, please contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or email [email protected].

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Justin Predescu +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or e-mail [email protected].


Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact