NATO Winter SMERWG 2024 Industry Reception
Wednesday 31 January
Cartagena, Spain
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Museum, Cartagena


NATO SMERWG 2024 Industry Reception
Wednesday 19 June
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Sonistics Industry Reception
Wednesday 28 June

Thank you to all our amazing companies who hosted the Industry Reception.

All our guests had a great evening and showed an interest in every product/service being exhibited.

The photo gallery is at the foot of the page


Check out the 2023 INDUSTRY BROCHURE here


The impressive Original Murano Glass Dolphin was won by Edward Harris who is a chemist working within the QinetiQ submarine atmospheres team.

Edward Harris being presented with the dolphin
by NATO SMERWG Chairman CDR Manfred Grabienski (Submarine Safety Officer German Navy)


NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Working Group

The NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Working Group (SMERWG) encourages the development and implementation of military standardisation within the global Submarine Escape, Rescue and Abandonment (SMERAS) community. This includes, but is not limited to, techniques and training methods, presenting and recommending new equipment and communications related to submarine emergency situations.

NATO SMERWG is held over 4 or 5 days and is open to pfp and other non-NATO submarine operating nations wishing to develop or upgrade a SMERAS capability. Around 34 nations participate, sending 120 delegates who share information and discuss their SMERAS activities. Sub-committees, the TECH Panel, OPS Panel and Medical Panel, meet at least once throughout the year and report back to SMERWG.

The SMERWG brings together submarine operating nations who are looking to develop their SMERAS capability and Industry can assist with this development.

In 2005 Sonistics identified that there was a need for industry to be available at SMERWG to assist with technical issues which were being raised in conference.  As a policy meeting it was inappropriate for industry to attend and access was therefore achieved by an industry-hosted reception. This event is now an established part of SMERWG and benefits industry and delegates in equal measure.




SMERWG Galleries:

2005 – Brussels

2006 – Istanbul

2007 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2008 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2009 – Cape Town

2010 – Amsterdam

2011 – Amsterdam

2012 – Amsterdam

2013 – Amsterdam

2014 – Amsterdam

2015 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2016 – Portsmouth, UK

2017 – Amsterdam

2018 – Amstedam

2019 – Crete, Greece

2020 – Bergen, Norway

2022 – Amsterdam

2023 – Venice