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Meaningful meetings | Powerful connections

The number and quality of the VIPs and Delegations visiting UDT has long been a distinguishing feature of the event.

Senior Flag Officers and Delegations attend UDT as our VIP guests. Many of the most influential members of the international undersea defence and security community are in attendance at UDT, serving in defence and maritime appointments within their home nations.

The VIP audience includes top decision-makers and influencers who engage in procurement decisions, identify future requirements or gaps in capability, shape future policy and develop operational strategies.

Core sectors represented

Military and civil service experts from the maritime community represent all the core sectors within the underwater domain, including:

  • Naval operations and planning
  • Maritime capability and procurement
  • Defence research and development
  • Industry primes and innovators

VIP Benefits

Access to VIP Lounge and Dedicated VIP catering area

Enjoy access to our private seating area, great for networking and providing respite during the show. Complimentary lunch and refreshments are served throughout each show day.

Support from our VIP Engagement Team

Pre-event and onsite, receive full support from our dedicated VIP team, providing a smooth experience via a dedicated registration desk.

Fast track entry

Enjoy fast track entry into the conference and exhibition on all shows days.

Personal Onsite Engagement Service

Take advantage of our personal onsite engagement service to plan your attendance at UDT.

This includes recommended conference sessions, bilateral meetings and exhibitor engagement.

Complimentary cloakroom & changing facilities

Take advantage of our onsite changing facilities, and enjoy complimentary use of our cloakroom.

2019 VIPs included...

2019 VIPs included...


  • Chief of Maritime Systems Division, Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command

  • Chief of Navy, Royal Swedish Navy

  • Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy

  • Commander, Flotilla 1, German Navy

  • Commanding Officer Norwegian Naval Diving Centre, Royal Norwegian Navy

  • Commanding Officer Submarine Service Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Navy

  • Commodore (Capability), Integrated Defence Staff, Indian Armed Forces

  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy

  • Deputy Chief of Swedish Navy, Royal Swedish Navy

  • Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, United States Navy

  • Director General Future Submarines, Department of Defence, Australia

  • Head Director of Submarine Program, Hellenic Navy General Staff Armaments Directorate, Greece

  • Head of Naval Systems, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)

  • Head of Programmes and Capability, Royal Navy, United Kingdom

  • Managing Director, Research Centre for Navy, Romania

  • Warfare Analysis Branch Head, NATO Combined Joint Operations from The Sea COE


2018 VIPs included...

2018 VIPs included...


  • Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability), Royal Navy, United Kingdom

  • Assistant Chief of Staff (Submarines), Royal Navy, United Kingdom

  • Chief, Naval Armament Inspectorate, Poland Armed Forces

  • Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy

  • Commander COMSUBIN, Italian Navy

  • Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, United States Navy

  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy, Thailand

  • Deputy of Naval Shipbuilding Engineering, Spanish Navy

  • Director General, Naval Research and Development Office, Royal Thai Navy

  • Director Submarine Capability, Royal Navy, United Kingdom

  • Head Director of Department of Submarine Projects, Hellenic Navy, Greece

  • Head of Fifth Flotilla, United Arab Emirates NavyHead of Naval Systems Department, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)

  • Head of Submarine Support Division, Directorate for Naval Armaments, Italy

  • Program Group Leader, Defence Acquisition Project Administration, Republic of Korea