Small Security Vessel Symposium Set For London March 6-10

"Small Fast Warships and Security Vessels" are the subject of an international symposium to be held in London from March 6 to 10, 1978. Organized by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects through its Small Craft Group, the symposium will bring together speakers from government and industry in the U.K.

and abroad, who are actively involved in designing, building, fitting- out and operating such vessels. They will present papers covering service requirements and general design c o n s i d e r a t i o n s ; hull design and propulsion; weapon systems and the selection of machinery and its influence on vessel layout.

The RINA expects interest in the symposium to be high, following the decision by many countries to extend their Exclusive Economic Zones to 200 miles from the coast, thereby greatly increasing patrol and policing responsibilities. Apart from these peacetime activities, it is also becoming clear that the small fast warship, equipped with today's sophisticated weaponry, has an increasingly important role to play in offshore defense.

The symposium will aim to review and discuss the range of tasks likely to be demanded of vessels undertaking offshore patrol duties, whether operated by navies, coast guard or quasimilitary bodies, and the various types of craft—conventional and unconventional — which may be best suited to the different roles. It is likely that visits to shipyards where warships are under construction, and to other relevant establishments will be arranged for delegates.

Registration particulars are available from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 10 Upper Belgrave Street, London, SW1X 8BQ, England.

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