Get a sneak-preview of MAST Europe 2016

Mon 30 May 2016 @ 13:16

MAST Agenda posted early: See what you have to look forward to next month in Amsterdam if you have already booked… and what you could miss if you don’t!

As well as a packed agenda of five parallel sessions of technical presentations, keynote session, and plenary session/panel debates of the highest level, there will also be:

  • an adjacent international exhibition featuring product briefings and demonstrations
  • Ship visits to state-of-the-art OPV (Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Holland) and LSD (US Navy USS Carter Hall))
  • Various social functions including the FREE-OF-CHARGE MAST Annual Party (theme: “Bonaire Beach Club”)

…and with some 60 VIPs (including Navy and Airforce Chiefs) joining delegates and visitors so far registered from 40 countries, this year’s MAST in Amsterdam will make a significant return to Europe, providing all supporters with multiple opportunities to network with game-changing operators and technologists shaping the future of naval/naval-air defence.

NB: Prospective delegates can register up to 15th June at the discounted pre-show rate.


MAST Europe 2016 – a V.V.I.P. event

Tue 17 May 2016 @ 20:06

With confirmed participation from several Chiefs of Navy and Airforce, top-level naval operators, technologists and procurement specialists, the MAST Europe 2016 VIP Programme is its most diverse by geography and domain to date.

Current confirmations for MAST’s Hosted Buyers/VIPs Programmes include top level representation from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA.

Perhaps unsurprisingly (with the second edition of MAST Asia fast approaching), Japan will boast a large delegation of government, military and industry experts. All the major Japanese defence contractors will send at least one representative: perfect to follow up discussions started at MAST in Japan last year, or to prepare for MAST Asia 2017!


MAST Asia 2017 – different dates, same venue, same unique defence trade-show… in Japan

Tue 17 May 2016 @ 18:23

Following a request from its supporting Japanese authorities, MAST’s organisers have changed the dates for MAST Asia 2017, to avoid a scheduling conflict with the recently announced fleet review by the Singaporean Navy.

Please note the new, confirmed dates at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan are Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th June 2017.

MAST’s organisers apologise for any inconvenience this might cause already confirmed exhibitors/sponsors, and will extend a complimentary delegate place to any company affected, as a gesture of goodwill.

Companies not yet signed up, should do so at their earliest opportunity as most exhibitors from MAST Asia 2015 are increasing their space at the second edition (still Japan’s only international defence trade-show and conference) and interest from naval-air suppliers will demand additional space.


Amsterdam Ship Visits – book now!

Tue 17 May 2016 @ 16:13

Once again, MAST participants have the opportunity to sign up for ship visits during their time at the event.

This year we are extremely grateful to both Royal Netherlands and United States Navies for making available two truly exciting units:

  • Royal Netherlands Navy “HNLMS Holland” OPV
  • United States Navy “USS Carter Hall”, LSD

Attending MAST 2016 in Amsterdam? Be sure to reserve your space on the ship-tour of your choice.


Tenth anniversary MAST party to return to “the beach”

Tue 17 May 2016 @ 15:04

Anyone at the launch edition of MAST (Nice, France 2006) will remember fondly the elaborate inaugural party on one of the Côte d’Azur’s many beautiful beaches.

Amsterdam may not immediately spring to mind as a location for beach parties, but MAST promises to bring a taste of the Dutch Caribbean to its thirteenth party (“Bonaire Beach Party”) at a private beach close to the RAI and the official hotel, Novotel Amsterdam City.

MAST parties are the highlight of the week’s social functions, and the best way to unwind after a hectic show day whilst continuing to network, in a relaxed, enjoyable environment.

What’s more, entrance is free-of-charge to VIPs, delegates and authors, and exhibitors are allocated tickets, based on their stand size. Exhibition visitors can purchase tickets from the organiser.


VIP registrations go “stratospheric”

Wed 4 May 2016 @ 10:31


MAST’s total perspective approach to covering maritime operations/technology issues has always boasted a good number of papers and exhibits relating to the air/space domain in connection to maritime/naval operations. MAST Asia in Japan (Japan’s only international defence trade-show) had a significant number of air force (JASDF) participants take part.

Following invitations from Lieutenant General Alexander Schnitger, Commander Royal Netherlands Air Force, several Chiefs of Airforce have already confirmed their participation at MAST Europe 2016 this June in Amsterdam.

Combining this with the Chiefs of Navy accepting invitations from Commander of Royal Netherlands Navy, Lietenant General (RNLMC) R. (Rob) Verkerk, this year’s VIP/delegate profile will be as diversified by domain as it is geographically.

Most importantly to regular MAST delegates/visitors and exhibitors, expansion of the VIPs acceptances in all domains will promote discussion/networking between operators and technologists from naval undersea, surface and naval-air domains enabling MAST to truly present the “total network picture” of maritime security.

Quoting the acceptance letters of just a couple of VIPs (names deliberately withheld in this news):

  • “Undoubtedly, operations in the Air and Space Domain are tightly linked to Sea environments and interconnections among domains will very likely become even more intense in the near future.”
  • “The expansion of this previously Maritime-based event to embrace more fully the inextricably linked Maritime-Air environment is indeed a real opportunity.”

So far, MAST Europe’s hosted VIPs includes some 33 senior level operators, technologists and procurement leaders from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA.