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The Surface Navy Association (SNA) will hold its 33rd Annual National Symposium from 11-15 January2021. It will be a virtual event this year due to COVID 19 considerations but will still feature a high-level line-up of speakers.

Retired Vice Admiral Rick Hunt, SNA President, said, “We always look forward to meeting our shipmates at the annual symposium every year. While we very much wanted to get everyone together again this year to learn about where the Surface Force is today, and headed tomorrow, we have determined that going virtual is a safe and viable alternative.”

With the exception of the receptions and banquet, many of the features that attendees look forward to are still on the agenda.  Some of the invitation-only sessions are still taking place as virtual sessions.

Keynote speakers will feature senior leadership including:

  • Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday
  • Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz
  • Commander US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Philip Davidson
  • Director Naval Warfare Integration Vice Admiral James Kilby
  • Commander US Fleet Forces Command Admiral Christopher Grady
  • Commanding General Marine Corps Training and Education Command Lieutenant General Lewis Craparotta

Programme updates will be provided by:

  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) James E. Geurts
  • Commander Naval Surface Forces Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener
  • Director Surface Warfare Rear Admiral Paul Schlise
  • Commander Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Admiral William Galinis
  • Director Expeditionary Warfare Major General Tracy King
  • Commander Naval Information Warfare Command Rear Admiral Douglas Small
  • Commander Naval Supply Systems Command Rear Admiral Peter Satmatopoulos

Virtual Surface Navy Association Features

There will still opportunities to meet industry representatives and see the latest in platforms, sensors, weapons and systems. An exciting new feature is the Industry Theatre where companies can present a product in a live, interactive setting that will be streamed on the Event App.

Commodore Phil Nash, RN, the Naval Attaché on the British Defence Staff in Washington, will still chair the International Navies Forum and engage in a dialog with a number of his Attaché counterparts. The theme for the Naval Heritage programme is The Battle of Iwo Jima and this will be our first time streaming the event live on the Event App and on the SNA Facebook page.

Special sessions and panels will be conducted for Cuttermen, midshipmen, junior officers, and enlisted personnel.

“One benefit of the virtual symposium is that people don’t have to travel, so that more people will be able to participate,” said Hunt.

Information, including the agenda and registration details, are available at